St Mary's CE Primary School Bridport
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Welcome to St. Mary’s CE Primary School


Part of the Minerva Learning Trust

Dear Parents and Carers,


I am delighted to be the new Headteacher of St Mary’s and I am looking forward to leading the school on the next step of its journey. We are very blessed at our school to have a highly experienced and dedicated team of staff who care deeply about nurturing and encouraging your children to achieve their very best.  I am looking forward to working closely with them, in partnership with you and our governors, to ensure all the children in our care achieve their full potential.


I have been a teacher for eighteen years, working across a range of year groups and have been both Deputy Head and SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator). In 2012 I completed a Master’s Degree in Early Mathematical Intervention. This fuelled my passion for pursuing the very best teaching and learning approaches that help our children develop a love of learning and a belief that they can achieve the very best. At St Mary’s we encourage children to challenge themselves in their learning and ensure that children know that mistakes are a crucial part in developing and refining their thinking.


I have lived in Bridport for the last 16 years and am married with a step daughter in her 30’s and a teenage son who is just starting his GCSEs in Year 9.  I am a keen baker and enjoy walking my cockapoo dog Barney, who has made the occasional visit into school to meet the children! As a parent myself I know that bringing up children, especially in today’s world, is not an easy task. Together with my team we will aim to understand and support you in every way that we can to navigate the sometimes tricky path, of being a parent of a primary school aged child.


Our results this year have been pleasing and I intend to build on these and inspire my team to ensure that every child makes as much progress as they can.  Children are individuals with many different talents and abilities. We provide them with a broad curriculum with many varied and exciting opportunities to learn in different ways and to achieve their best. We want children to be proud of, and enthusiastic about, being part of our school.


I am always happy to hear your thoughts and ideas and I look forward to working in close partnership with you.


Kind regards,


Kate Batorska


St Mary's has been awarded 'OUTSTANDING'  following a recent inspection. The Inspector commented on the care and support given by the school, excellent results, and the respect shown by  pupils. Saying " The school is a harmonious and joyful place to be".

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (September 2015 full report under Parent Zone).


School gates open at 8.40am and the school day starts promptly at 8.50am.

 Autumn half term commences on Monday 22nd October 2018



Our vision is to create a kind and caring community, where we can have fun learning together, and where everyone can shine.

We provide education within the context of Christian belief and practice. We encourage through support and challenge an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and spirituality.  We believe in enabling young people to develop tolerance and respect through a wide understanding of all faiths and beliefs.

St. Mary’s Beliefs:

  • We will be friendly
  • We will be helpful

  • We will be truthful

  • We will work hard and try our best

  • We will show respect
  • We will look after our school. 


St. Mary's School serves the community of Bridport

On behalf of our school community may we extend an open invitation to you and your family to visit St. Mary's Primary School, Bridport. We are happy to show you the school at work at any time - please ring the office to arrange an appointment.

Recent News

St Mary's welcomes Prince Charles to Bridport

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Changes - As the 2017-8 academic year ends we have said farewells to some wonderful staff members. Our thanks for all their hard work. We welcome Miss Wood, Miss Macey and Mrs Morini. Mrs Batorska will be Head of School with Mrs Samuel Assistant Head and Mrs Farmer Executive Primary Head for St Mary's and Bridport Primary Schools.

Year 1 enjoyed their visit to the Bridport Museum - As part of their topic 'Dinosaur Planet'. There was so much to see, and trying to locate all the objects on the list that Miss Proctor had given them was a challenge. There was a great selection of fossils, although the lego dinosaur was particularly popular. Everyone was particularly interested in the Bridport Dagger! There was an extra surprise in store, as the museum had been open for a year, so the first 100 customers were all offered a cake! What good timing! The museum are very keen for the children to visit with their parents in the holidays


Well done Tigers! - a great second place in the cricket tournament 

Quad Kids June 2018 - Well done for a wonderful 3rd place!

Cricket and tennis - It is lovely to begin enjoying this seasons sports, key stage 2 are learning new skills and participating in friendly competition.

Music at Colfox - Very impressed with year 4 and 5 who joined in with other local schools to spend a day enjoying a singing workshop.

The Big Pedal - Well done to all, week one and St Mary's is on the leader board. Keep pedalling!

Easter Service - My thanks to St Swithuns Church for once again welcoming the school to celebrate with them. A traditional re-telling of the Easter Story with songs and prayers reminds us all of sacrifice and forgiveness.

Sports Relief 2018 - Well done to everyone for joining in with the huge amount of physical activitiy on during this week. We raised lots of money for Sports Relief and had fun doing it!

World Book Day - Despite the snow we were still able to open and it was wonderful to see so many brilliant book characters. Well done to everyone for all their hard work.

Choir - Well done to Mrs Andrews and her amazing choir; recent gigs have been at Groves Garden Centre, The United Reform Church and they will finish off the season at St Swithuns and St Mary's. Lovely songs and beautiful voices.

Sport - Our teams have enjoyed a lot of competitions this term; netball, running, football to name a few. They look fabulous in their new kit and we have achieved some wonderful successes. We are very proud of all of them especially their team work.

Christmas Fair- Thank you to our wonderful PTA for all their hard work in organsing such a wonderful event. We raised nearly £2000 towards the new play equipment.

Harvest Service, Choir performance and Cake sale! - We have enjoyed a wonderfully full week, bursting with activities, supporting others and celebrating. Well done to our choir and the rest of the school who supported raising awareness for mental health, to the school for their contributions in our Harvest Service and donations to Cupboard Love, and our wonderful PTA who are raising funds for the school. Some classes have been out on trips including to the Community Orchard and others welcoming their parents in to see their learning. We enjoyed storytelling from Mr Maudsley in assembly and welcomed Luke Hayter for fitness phew!

Iguanadon Theatre - This amazing outdoor theatre kept the children entranced with tales of fossils, geology and famous people. 

Autumn Term Clubs - Please see this terms clubs under the newsletter section of our website.

Bronze Award - We have just been awarded the School Games Bronze Award for our committment to physical activity, sport and outdoor learning, well done everyone involved.

Welcome Back! - Welcome to our new reception class pupils and our other new pupils who have joined us this year. We know you will be cared for by your new class mates and teaching teams.

Leavers and Achievers - It is a both a proud and a sad time when we celebrate and say goodbye to our year 6. They have been a wonderful class of young people and we wish them well.

Online Safety - Our young people are so knowledgeable about mobile technology it is hard to keep up with them. Under newsletters we have some guidance on Online Safety and a parent information session on 27th June at 2.30pm, all welcome.

Sports Days - Thank you to Mrs Shepherd for arranging the activities and races. The children enjoyed it all and made us very proud.

Chickens! - On 22nd June 4 hens were collected from the British Hen Welfare Trust.  As battery hens they have not been used to space and feeedom and the new run at school took a while for them to get used to. They arrived in quite a bad state but are now growing new feathers and looking healthier each day. Read their story under news.

Visits - This half term has seen trips to; Allington Hill, Washingpool Farm, The Leisure and Arts Centres, A Bluebell Walk as well as sporting activities. It is fantastic that there is so much to see and do right on our doorstep!

Spring Show - Wonderful artistic creations and baking from our children; winners in each class. Many thanks to the PTA for their hard work in arranging this event.

Easter Service - The parade to church was wonderful to see with so many bonnets and other spring decorations. This was followed by beautiful singing,the story of Easter and the winning creations on display in the local Sue Ryder shop.

Comic Relief - Well done everyone for making the school laugh with your accessories and wonderful smiles.

Night of Honour - Congratulations to members of our local community who were nominated for awards this year. It was a joyful event with so much to be proud of; the Choir and Science Nerds entertained the audience and it was wonderful to find out the winners in each category. These are listed under newsletters.

Christmas Fair - Huge thanks to the PTA who as usual provided our families with a wonderful fair. The pupils made plenty of edible treats and of course Father Christmas was ready in his grotto to listen to Christmas wishes!

The Ridgeway - years 2, 3 and 5 spent a wonderful day out on the Ridgeway exploring our local history.

Autumn Show - Well done do all our amzing entries to this annual event. This year for the first time children baked themed cakes which looked and tasted wonderful, Many thanks to the PTA for such a well organised show.

Choir and Artists - Many of our pupils are joining with the other MLT schools to work together on a creative project which will culminate in a special event in the new year. 

B Sharp - This wondeful organisation are once again working with our year 5 and 6 classes to engage in singing and composition. They will be performing later to their parents along with friends in other schools. The children are really enjoying the experience and sound amazing.

Talent at St Mary's - The whole school watched the finalists in St Mary's Got Talent.  Winners were 'The Science Nerds' who amazed and delighted their audience with an experiment that produced multi-coloured foam which just kept on coming! Runners up were a beautifuly executed piece on the piano and a group singing in french, well done to everyone.

Sports Ambassadors - Children from St Mary's joined pupils form the local area to support the development of sport in their own schools. Mr Moss our governor and Trustee attended with the children and was very impressed by their maturity, well done.

HP Sprout - St Mary's gets their hands on a HP Sprout Pro!

Oxfordshire based leading technology solutions provider European Electronique, in partnership with HP Inc. UK, recently held a competition. St Mary’s CE Primary School  were the winners! The prize was presented to us by HP and a group of Year 3 pupils were excited to try it out. Initial activities will be to design a 3D character which can be used in the games they have developed so they can see this character participating on screen.

Welcome - to our new reception children who are settling in well in Cygnet Class. Also welcome back to our pupils and families. It is lovely to see so many old and new friends, we look forward to a packed autumn term with many wonderful events including the Autumn Show, Pandemonium Theatre and the year 6 residential.

Achievers and Leavers - well done to all of you who received a reward and tophy at our end of term service in St Mary's Church. It was a wonderful occasion and so many of you made your families and the school proud, well done.

Silver Celebrations - We celebrated in style with lots of activities and refreshments for current and past staff and families. The children entertained our visitors and the sun finally decided to shine!

Colfox Talented, Able and Gifted - Many of our pupils have joined in the enrichment activities this term at Colfox. This has inspired them and enabled many of them to work with other children in the Bridport local area. It was also lovely to see some past pupils in a special event at Colfox where they have participated in a range of activities showing key life skills; like resilience throughout the year. Well done to everyone involved.

Wessex FM - Next week (4th - 8th July) some of our children will be on the radio at 6.30 and 8.30 each morning. They will be talking about school, Bridport and being famous.

Choir - our choir joined other local schools in a wonderful Gospel Workshop at The Sir John Colfox School. They were taught by a group from London and sung beautifully.

Bridport Food Festival- St Mary's joined in with Bridport in celebrating both the Queens Birthday and the Festival. The school kitchen provided freshly made lemonade and melon and ginger juice whilst the polytunnels provided an opportunity for all to see what we grow. Cakes baked by the children to be healthy for our queen included carrot cakes, blueberry muffins and a lovely beetroot and chocolate cake. Prizes were awarded by the Deputy Mayor and her grandson Thomas. The children dressed as royals for the day and designed some lovely accesories for her majesty and her corgis.

Eco-Schools Green Flag - We had our assessment visit on 24th May for this prestigious award. The children were brilliant at demonstrating the work put in across the school and the assessor was very impressed. I am pleased to report we have been awarded Green Flag Status. The work of Miss Legg supported by pupils, school cooks, Home Project and families has quite rightly been recognised as being something to celebrate, well done to all involved.

Visiting Theatre - What a treat for the children to see a live performance of The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe. The cast were fantastic and the children very involved in the struggle against good and evil. As you know Aslan triumphs over the queen and all ends well in Narnia until the next time.....!

Litter Pick - Thank you pupils and staff who have been spending time clearing our school grounds. We have a lot of rubbish thrown over fences from the football field, car park and the amenity space to the rear of our field. You have made a real difference.

Cricket - Well done St Mary's Cricket team you played really well and Mr Farmham is very proud of you all.

Church Visits - Thank you to all our local churches who have invited their linked class; sharing with them insights into the wider role of the church. 

Safer Internet - All classes, parents and staff were visited by the safer Schools officers and learnt about internet safety, social media and use of other mobile devices.

Year 6 - Well done for your positive attitude and determination during SATs. You deserved your trip to Freshwater, we are all very proud of you.

Composting Assembly - We all really enjoyed learning about how to make compost. It was very interesting to learn what to put in our school compost bins; some of the things were a real surprise!

Pets in school! - Year 4 have enjoyed their class project on pets. Many of them presented their project showcasing their pets. The children were confident speakers overcoming nerves and enjoying telling their friends how to care for each animal. Our thanks to their parents for helping with this and of course all the animals involved.

Choir - Our children joined pupils from the other Minerva Learning Trust schools to entertain the Mayor. They sung songs about the local area celebrating 'Walking the Bounds' of Bridport.

Attendance - Well done almost a quarter of our pupils had 100% attendance last term.

Diamond Achievers - I am very proud to say that 42 children reached Diamond last term and were treated to a well deserved Easter Egg Hunt. These are the children who always make the right choices, give their best and are ready to learn, well done all of you.

Easter Show - Another year of colourful and creative art inspired by Easter. Thank you to the school parents association for hosting this annual school event.

Romans - Year 3 enjoyed their school trip to Maiden Castle where in full costume they re-enacted a Roman Battle. The costumes were made by the children with the support of Di Marsh our school's expert artist.

Welcome to the army! - The children enjoyed a wonderful afteroon of activities led by Padre Pete's Regiment. The soldiers were brilliant with all the children aged from 4 to 11 years old.

Aliens land at St Mary's - As part of book week staff and pupils have been dressing up as aliens. The week started with an assembly led by Miss Proctor showing the alien books available to read in school. Dress up day on Wednesday showcased all the wonderfully creative costumes and on Thursday pupils exchanged book tokens. Our thanks to Waterstones for joining us during Book Week.

St Mary's Mile for Sport Relief - Many classes are starting the mornings in training for Sport Relief when we hope to raise money for this worthwhile cause. This starts promptly and children need to have safe and appropriate footwear please. 

Year 3 are currently studying the Romans and as part of their work in class, they have been  making Roman roads. They have really enjoyed finding out how they were constructed and where they were built and why. They will be visiting Maiden Castle and meeting with the curator from Dorchester Museum.

Waste Wizards - All our pupils have been entertained by the Waste Wizard and become more aware of re-cycling. The Eco-club are also working hard towards Green Flag Status by monitoring our electricity and gas consumption. They are holding everyone to account if they leave lights or computers etc. on. The staff are all having to check to make sure they are not named and shamed!

Cross Country - Well done all of our runners who accompanied by Mr Farnham finished the course. Conditions were  wet, muddy and slippery underfoot but no-one gave up, you are amazing and we are very proud.

Chickens in school! - Our reception class were delighted when Mrs Batorska and her son Daniel visited with their chickens. Currently enjoying the much loved story of Chicken Licken they were thrilled to be able to hold a 'real' chicken and get some answers to their questions. Year 1 were also invited to meet the visitors.

Reading Challenge - I am delighted that 75 pupils in years 3-6 have made a great start to 2016 by taking up the headteachers Reading Challenge to read at least 25 selected books for their age group by July. Successful reading will gain them a Kindle but more importantly a love of reading for the rest of their lives!

Choir - The school choir joined the service at St Mary's Church on 20th December and it was a privilege to hear them sing. Tim the organist has supported them over the last few weeks and we know our choir will to continue to make us proud

Nativity Plays and Carol Service - The children in reception and years 1 and 2 performed beautifully to their parents and the rest of the school. Well done to Narrators and actors for a great start to the Christmas Season. We are very proud of our year 5 & 6 children who learnt three songs in sign language with the help of Leslie and Jenny for our carol service.

Christmas Fair - Well done and thanks to our Friends of St Mary's team who raised in excess of £1400. The childrens cooking sold very well as did the raffle. We are grateful to families and friends who came along and supported us.

Lighting the Candle - Well done year 6 for achieving Silver Award. We know you are now working towards your Gold Award.

Autumn Show - Many wonderful pictures and models from all age groups depicting the colours and creatues of this season. Well done to all entrants and a huge thanks to our judge Jo and FoSM for organising this event.

Night of Honour - well done to pupils and staff who made this an evening to remember. It was wonderful to recognise the exceptional people and businesses in Bridport with awards and celebrate together.

Democracy at the Electric Palace - well done to Mrs Carter and her class who joined Billy Bragg on stage to sing about Democracy and songs of freedom.

Trips out and about - Most classes have been busy in the local area this half term with trips to; Bridport Community Orchard, Arts Centre, Perrot Hill School, PGL Weymouth and of course swimming at the Leisure Centre.

Eco-Schools Silver Award -I am very proud of the hard work from Ms Legg and the Eco-team whose efforts have been rewarded by this prestigious national award, well done.

Cake Sale - Well done year 6 who following an assembly on refugees arranged a cake sale to raise funds to help them. They raised just under £70.

School Admissions - Please ensure that if your child is in year 6 and ready to go on to secondary school or due to start school in September 2016 you contact admissions to put in your application. They are on the Dorsetforyou website.

A visit from a Lobster - Years 3 and 4 welcomed a local fisherman in school on Friday. To their great delight he brought with him a live lobster. They learnt about local fishing and what creatures were caught in the nets and lobster pots.

Our Queen - We have looked at pictures of our Queen over the last 63 years of her reign. Some show her role as head of state but others as a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. The children have been able to think about how lives can be similar and yet so different.




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