St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Welcome to St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, part of the Great Aycliffe Catholic Schools’ Federation.

Headteacher: Mrs Annette Sowden


"We believe that each person is unique and created in God’s image.In our federation, we provide a distinctive Catholic education, where each child is loved, nurtured, inspired and challenged to aspire to excellence and develop their individual abilities for themselves and others."

Since 1962 we have taken Christ as the model for life and we have worked in partnership with our parish to build a vibrant Catholic community. Our children grow in faith and achieve academically, they form lasting relationships and contribute generously to the life of the community.

We seek excellence in all and for all. We warmly welcome families and children from diverse backgrounds who support and enhance our Catholic ethos.

School Newsletter

Families receive updates from school in our monthly newsletter which can also be downloaded from the link in the menu.


It is important that you tell us how you feel about our school so that we can continue to improve. Please contact the Head Teacher if you would like to discuss anything or complete the comments section on the newsletter. You can also make anonymous comments on the OFSTED website by following this link:


School Closures

School is currently open.

Information About the Performance of the School

To view our recent Ofsted Report please visit the link below.

St. Mary's 2013 Ofsted Report

To view our Diocesan Inspection Report please click on the link below.

St Mary's 2011 Diocesan Report

To look at our performance tables please click on the link below.

To compare our results with those of local schools, please click on the link below.

E-Safety Information

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Pre-School Links

Carers and pre-school children are welcomed in to school every Wednesday morning for a "Stay and Play" session. Please join us.

We also have close links with the local nurseries and child care providers. Please contact school if you would like details of these partner services.


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