St. Mary's Island School

SMI SchoolSt. Mary's Island Church of England School is located on St. Mary's Island in close proximity to the Community Centre and Pharmacy. It has a strong Christian ethos and a sense of community. 

The school caters for 420 children aged 4-11 years of age; it has fourteen classes arranged to include children of similar ages and key stage year groups. 

The School's website has been updated and transformed , take a look at the link below.  The website includes the latest inspection Report SIAMS (National Society Statutory of Anglican and Methodist Schools Report dated March 2016) which gives the School an OUTSTANDING  rating.  Also available for viewing is the Ofsted March 2014 report.  

For full details visit http://www.st-marys-island-cofe-primary-school.co.uk

In October 2015 the developer, Countryside and their company mascot, 'Bill Ding' visited the school to talk about staying safe around construction sites.  Countryside has started building the next phase of  new homes on the Island and as a community conscious developer Countryside wants to help the children learn about safety around construction sites.  The Senior Project Manager at Countryside, John Bryant, spoke to the children at the assembly ably assisted by Bill Ding.     The children learnt about hazards and why not to play in building sites.  Pupils and teachers tried on hard hats and high visibility vests and asked the site team questions about the construction work taking place in close proximity to the school. 

Bill Ding Mrs Christine Easton, Headteacher, said: "The Bill Ding assembly was interactive, fun and informative.  The children were made aware of the dangers of entering a building site without strict supervision and the correct safety-wear, which they enjoyed trying on.  They also came away from the assembly with a greater awareness of the danger of building sites and the safety measures that are in place for the workforce.  The question  and answer session gave the children the opportunity to find out more about the way in which a site is run and the activity book containing puzzles, colouring in and safety sheets were a fun way to prove what they had learnt."    

Two pupils from the school, Melissa Cagan and Alyssa Stock, have each written an article about why they enjoy living on St. Mary's Island.  Read Alyssa's article here.   Click here for Melissa's submission.  

The School participated in the Medway Youth Games 2015/16 series and finished in third place overall, just one point behind second place.  The Athletics team came first out of 56 schools  and the Rugby finished 11th out of 52 schools - congratulations to tall those that participated. The School has been accredited with the School Active Mark from Sports England and are keen to promote sport in all its diversity throughout the School.  Each year a sports day is held giving children the opportunity to compete against each other and in teams and successes are celebrated in assemblies.   

Update (November 2016) on Mini Youth Games.  More than 40 schools participated in the Mini Youth Games hockey tournament.  Each school played eight games during the competition and three teams were unbeaten.  Consequently, places came down to a goal difference and it was the young players of St. Mary's Island Primary School that came out on top.  Congratulations to the team.  The next stage of the tournament is the badminton tournament that takes place at Medway Park, Gillingham on the 24th November 2016.  

Some of the children at St Mary’s Island Primary School took part in a Christmas tree decoration competition run by the Rochester Diocesan Board of Education.  We are pleased to announce that Finnley White, Pixie Davies and Jessica Thomas’ entries were successful. 

Congratulations to Finnley who won 2nd place in the aged 5 category, Pixie who won 1st place in the aged 6 category and Jessica who was the overall winner.

As part of their prize the children and their families spent an afternoon with Bishop James at Bishopscourt in Rochester. 

School Expansion

This month, January 2017, Medway Council has issued a consultation document to all residents on St. Mary's Island regarding proposals to expand the school to meet the increasing demand for school places in the area; click here for the link to Medway Council's website.   The consultation period will run from Monday 9th January to Sunday 5th February 2017 and responses must be received by Sunday 5th February 2017.  Click here to view the consultation document.   The document is designed to:

  • notify you of Medway Council's proposals to make statutory prescribed alterations to St. Mary's Island Primary School with effect from 1 September 2018, which will result in the enlargement of the premises and the extension of the lower age range at the school to allow for the expected increase in pupil numbers
  • explain why the changes are being proposed
  • invite your comments to the proposals
  • inform you of, and invite you to, a public meeting to be held at St. Mary's Island Primary School on Wednesday 25th January 2017 at 6 pm where this proposal will be discussed and questions answered.  

Effective Monday 15th May 2017 Medway Council have issued the following Notice: 

Notice is given in accordance with The School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013, as conferred by sections 18,19,20,21,22,23,24, 31, 181 and 183 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 (a) and sections 29 and 537 of the Education Act 1996 (b) , that Medway Council proposes to make prescribed alterations to St. Mary's Island Primary School, Island Way West, St. Mary's Island, Chatham, Kent ME4 3ST, to take effect from 1 September 2018.  

The prescribed alterations are:  'Enlargement of the premises' and 'Extension of the lower age range'

The proposals will result in the addition of up to 210 places at St. Mary's Island Primary School to meet expected demand. 

Copies of the complete proposal can be obtained from:  Thomas Cogley, Consultation & Intelligence Officer, Level 3, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham ME4 4TR or you can call 01634 334328 or email: Thomas.cogley@medway.gov.uk.  The proposals can also be found on Medway Council's website at:  http://www.medway.gov.uk/schoolsandeducation/schoolconsultation.aspx 

Any person may object or make comments on the proposal by sending them to School Organisation (post bag 75), Level 3, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham ME4 4TR or by email to prim.reorg@medway.gov.uk. 

Signed: 

Ian Sutherland - Director of Children and Adults

Publication Date:  15th May 2017    

2017 Medway Mini Youth Games (2017)

St. Mary's Island Primary School has recently taken part in Medway's Mini Youth Games held at Medway Park and took the winning trophy in the basketball tournament.  Congratulations to the winning team and all those that participated.   Week commencing the 6th February 2017 the school  received a visit from GB Athlete, Theo Spalding, which inspired the children to achieve even greater things in sport.     

In the table tennis category the school finished in 8th position and qualified for the Night of Champions event. 

In March 2017 the netball team finished 3rd out of 47 schools.  The team won all 8 of their games, with the final placing coming down to point difference.  The team were only one point off second place.  Congratulations to all those who took part.   

In the Table Tennis the School came 8th and in the Kwik Cricket played at the end of May the school came first.   The school achieved first place in the football held in June.  

It was a close fought contest in the Mini Youth Games football tournament that was held in June.  After eight games for each of the teams participating, the three top schools had won all of their games so it came down to goal difference and St. Mary's Island School were crowned winners.  Congratulations to all those that took part.    

On Friday 14th July St. Mary's Island School is holding its Sports Day and Summer Fair.  The School has advised parents that there is no parking in the Community Centre; Friday is particularly a busy day for visitors to the facility.      

For further details on the Mini Youth Games and to view team photos click here.    


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