Welcome to St Mary’s school! We are the foundation for everything that is to come in our wonderful school, and what a place to start!
All of our very hard work is play based and designed to help develop the skills required to thrive, succeed and enjoy our time in nursery, ensuring we are ready to move on to the rest of the school.
We access the outdoor area and whole school grounds on a daily basis to provide a broad and balanced experience.

Nursery Staff

L Gorst

Mr L Gorst - Nursery

Mr Gorst is an Apprentice Teaching Assistant who is working throughout school most specifically in our EYFS setting and Infants.


Miss A Robinson - Nursery

I have worked at school for the last ten years. In that time I have had many, many different jobs! I am currently run the breakfast club, I lead the lunch club for nursery children and I am a nursery assistant, which I have been doing for three years. This is also my favourite and […]


Miss A Cadman - Nursery

I have worked in St Mary’s since 2013 – I started working here before I had even left Sixth Form! I work in Breakfast Club, After School Club, as a midday supervisor and in KS1 and EYFS as a teaching assistant. I love dancing! I started at the age of three and have danced in […]


Mrs J Chapman, NNEB - Nursery

I have been a teaching assistant at St Mary’s for 16 years, currently working in many different classes. For the last few years I have been learning sign language and now use it almost every day.  For several years I was joint leader of Kirkby Lonsdale Pre-school. In a past life I was a professional […]


Mrs D Winnard, BA Ed (Hons) - Nursery

I am married with three children and have lived in the area for 17 years.  I have taught in Oxfordshire and Wiltshire and really enjoy being in the Early Years.  I’ve been part of the St Mary’s Early Years team for too long to remember. I love being outside walking, cycling and swimming – you’ve […]

Latest News


Snow fun

We had half an hour of snow fun this morning before returning to the normal timetable of lessons! What a super day for enjoying the snow at lunchtime.



The children have been building ice caves using our new ice blocks. They were very creative with their ideas and were good at working together to build their caves.


Fairtrade Coffee and Tea Time

Please help us during Fairtrade fortnight with our Coffee time on Tuesday Feb 27th. Traidcraft products will be on sale and we have a catalogue if you want to order products in advance. Please join us at the end of the school day in Year 3 classroom. There will be Traidcraft products to buy  or come […]



What did we do in the snow? We built a small snowman, sledged in a tray and had a brilliant time!



Jack and Daisy, our head boy and girl took part in the Remembrance service held at St Mary’s Church. Many thanks for their contribution to this very important service of remembrance.


Owl visit to Nursery

On Wednesday the owls came to visit. We learnt that owls stand on one leg when they are asleep, that not all owls say “twit twoo” and that they fly silently. All the children had a turn at stroking an owl called “Cuddles” and held an owl called “Star”. We loved seeing the owl and […]


Kings Food Bank – Harvest Delivery

Our children have helped fill a Volvo estate full of food kindly donated by our children as part of our Harvest giving.  We are really trying to express our value of responsibility in as many practical ways as possible. This year we wanted to provide a bumper delivery of food although we support throughout the food bank […]


Nursery and Reception Harvest Celebration

Revd Snow came to celebrate Harvest with us. He thanked Nursery for their Harvest display in church. The children listed foods that might be harvested and spoke about vegetables they’d tried in school and told Revd Snow about the baking they’d done with the school apples – apple crumble and apple muffins. We sang Hallelujah […]


Making Apple Pie

In Nursery last week we harvested the apples on the tree in the garden, then we peeled them, next we chopped them and put them in the pan ready to cook. After that we rolled the pastry, added it to the top of the pie and cooked it in the oven. Finally we tasted the pie, the […]


Searching for Autumn leaves

We explored the outside area at school to search for Autumn leaves, we discovered these amazing, bright red leaves. Next week we are going to print with the leaves ready to make a display for the Church Harvest Festival.

Reading List


We’re Going on a Lion Hunt
By David Axtell


The Naughty Bus
By Jan Oke


The Train Ride
By June Crebbin and Stephen Lambert

jolly postman

Jolly Christmas Postman
By Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Nursery Calender Events

4th May - Governor Day

23rd March - Sports Relief

Nursery Curriculum

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Year Groups



Nursery and Reception make up the Foundation Stage

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Year 1


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Year 6


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