Welcome to St Mary's Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School.

Headteacher’s Welcome


The Governors, staff and pupils of St Mary’s would like to extend a warm welcome to our school.  We are extremely proud of our school, and the high standards we achieve. 

St Mary’s is a small school, with an attached Nursery classes, sitting in the St Mary’s ward of Swanley.  We have a stable, supportive and experienced staff and governing body, and our children’s behaviour, conduct and achievements are always praised by visitors to the school. We take pupils from the age of 2 to 11.

With the professional expertise and enthusiasm of the teaching and support staff, the school is an environment which the children find secure, and enables them to achieve their potential.  Included in our core curriculum is French tuition for all children (including Nursery), and From Year 1 all children play a musical instrument – having weekly recorder, violin,  or piano lessons. Our science curriculum is taught by a specialist and dedicated science teacher; and from Year 1, our children enjoy tennis coaching, with a specialist coach.

This year, children have travelled from Dartford, St Paul’s Cray, Rochester and Crockenhill to keep their places at our school; and in turn our children leave in Year 6 to attend a whole range of secondary schools, including grammar schools in Dartford and Wilmington. We have waiting lists for most of our classes, and each year we are over subscribed for our admission to the Reception year.

We are able to cater for a wide range of abilities.  Our provision for gifted children, as well as those with special needs, is wide ranging - including in house speech and language therapy, counselling, family support and use of Key Stage 3 (secondary) teachers to push more able children.

The school building has recently been extended, and we have plans for further developments this year.  Our building security is high, and we offer a wide range of computer resources (including iPads, iDesks and PCs), all of which make a valuable contribution to ensuring the children value their time with us, and their progress is accelerated.

We look forward to welcoming you to our school; should you wish to make an appointment this can be arranged through the school office on 01322 665212, or email office@st-marys-swanley.kent.sch.uk .

Mrs Amanda McGarrigle


What do people say about our school?

" My daughter is making massive progress, she is more confident and cannot wait to come every day".

"I feel that we are kept up to date with everything, and my child is happy too".

"We are very happy that our child is progressing day by day".

"The teachers are very good".

"I like the next step parent afternoons".

"I feel that I know who to approach if I have any concerns".