St Mary's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School


Central Avenue, Newton Aycliffe, Co. Durham, DL5 5NP

01325 300339

Guided by faith, nurtured through love, inspired to achieve.
As witnesses to Jesus and enriched by the Holy Spirit, St Mary's Catholic Primary School is a respectful, caring and embracing family. We celebrate and share our Catholic faith together, recognising the uniqueness and potential of all. The values and learning that are nurtured in our school enable achievement in education and beyond.

School Development Plan




A Brief Overview of the School Improvement Plan 2016-17

The school’s priorities for the coming academic year are as follows:

Outcomes for children and learners

  • To incorporate Inspire Maths/ Singapore maths approach throughout the whole school.
  • To introduce Read Write Inc to accelerate attainment and progress in phonics, reading and spelling.
  • To introduce further opportunities for pupils to edit and improve their work
  • Review the schools resources for Reading to accelerate attainment and progress
  • To promote further opportunities for child initiated learning in Early Years


Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

  • To consolidate our use of Primary Progress Toolkit to track pupils’ attainment and progress 
  • To ensure high quality teaching enables pupils to make rapid progress
  • To share observations of pupils in Early Years with their parents electronically


Personal Development Behaviour and Welfare

  • To extend the employment our Parent Support Worker to continue our work with families
  • To develop a school charter and further develop pupil voice using our Head Boy and Head Girl, and the School Councils.
  • To introduce e-cadets to further inform pupils of the benefits and risks of technology.
  • To provide a number of opportunities for parents to engage with our new assessment procedures to enable them to support their child/children to ensure they achieve their potential.


Leadership and Management

  • Introduce new roles for middle leaders e.g. developing our school as a STEM School, and gain the Primary Science and International Schools Awards.
  • To provide Family Learning opportunities in school e.g. for example maths, reading and e-safety
  • To develop the impact of the Governing Body.
  • To further develop Governor Knowledge with the regard to Raise on Line and Inspector Dashboard.