St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School is an inclusive Christian community where the Catholic Faith is not only taught, but also nurtured and reflected in the daily life of the school. Our values should underlie every relationship, so that all are respected and loved as children of God.
We believe that the school, in partnership with parents, priests and the parish community, should provide children with:
· A secure grounding in the Catholic tradition
· A fulfilment of their academic potential
· Pastoral support to be the best they can be in all areas of their lives
At St. Mary’s we provide an ethos in which individuals are brought to a deeper knowledge and understanding of the gospel values within a climate that ensures an education of the highest standard.
In return we expect each child to give of his or her best.
History of the School
St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School was established by the Archdiocese of Birmingham, and caters for boys and girls between the age of 3 and 11 years.
Built on a site steeped in local history, and paid for by the Catholic Community of Newcastle, the school was opened in 1938 by Mgr. D. Kelly to serve the Catholic parishes of Newcastle, Silverdale and Knutton.
It was named “St. Mary’s” in acknowledgement of the pre-Reformation Chapel known as “St. Mary’s Beyond the Waters” that stood on the area known today as the “Higherland”. The sculptor Eric Gill created unique murals over the front entrance and in the main hall that depict Mary as over the water. This sculpture is reflected in our school logo.
At the corner of the junior playground is the site of the castle keep, the entrance to the Norman built motte and bailey "new castle" that gave the borough its name. John O'Gaunt's cottage and road are adjacent.
With such sources to hand, the children are encouraged to be aware of their local history and their school environment.