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St Mary's C of E

School Bideford


Acting Headteacher: Dr Stuart Boon


Assistant Headteachers:

Mrs Rachael O'Dell - SENDCo

Mrs Zoe Stevens - Teaching & Learning

Mrs Candy Daffern - Positive Behaviour for Learning (Acting Assistant Headteacher)


Welcome to St. Mary's C of E Primary School website. Please feel free to browse the pages you find here. If you have any suggestions for improving this site, or any other comments or queries, please contact us via e-mail or telephone. If you would like a paper copy of information on the school website, please contact the school office and this can be provided for you.


For further information about the school uniform policy, please click below.

Ofsted - March 2023

On 28th and 29th March 2023 OFSTED visited and confirmed that 'St Mary’s Church of England Primary School continues to be a good school'. They commented that pupils 'are happy to come to school' and 'treat people with kindness and respect'. OFSTED also identified that 'pupils learn an ambitious curriculum where important knowledge is clearly identified' and children with SEND flourish. 


“Together we journey to a future of opportunity.”


Our vision is to give every child the skills and experiences they need for their next step in life. At St. Mary’s C of E Primary School, we aim to provide a high-quality education that develops children intellectually, socially, morally, physically and spiritually within a Christian environment. Through the school’s ethos and collective worship, we use the Bible as guidance, as teaching and as our compass. In our school, children learn to respect the diversity within their community, themselves, differences of others and their surroundings. Children will leave our school on the next part of their journey in life with the confidence and the ability to make responsible and appropriate choices. They aspire to be the best they can and are valued members of the community.



“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Psalm 119 v105

St Mary's is a two form entry primary school with up to sixty children in each year group, giving a capacity of 420 pupils.  Whilst we are a relatively large primary school, we pride ourselves in having a distinct community feel.  Teachers , support staff and senior leaders build extremely positive relationships with children and their families in order to make them feel that, whilst being part of a large community, they are very much valued. 

To see an overview of the school curriculum, please click on the About Us tab then Curriculum Statement. 

Please remember that you can now receive information from the school via email or through the SIMS Parent App. For more information about this, please speak to Sally or Sarah in the school office. Parents can also request a paper copy of any information on our school website by contacting the school office.


As ever, if you have any concerns or worries about your child, that you feel we may be able to help with, then please don’t hesitate in contacting your child’s class teacher, or me, and we will do what we can to support you.


Thank you for your support.