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Quotes from Parents and Visitors

Challenging learners is the norm... Pupils relish challenge, right from the start…pupils have very positive attitudes. They are proud of their school’s high place nationally… very positive about wider reading and understand the impact it has on their learning. In lessons they understand what is required and apply themselves to meet success criteria. Pupils keenly undertake independent research. They aspire to achieve well and link success at school to future working life…the promotion of wider reading achieved an astonishing degree of improvement in results…teachers often encourage pupils to, to be ‘mindful’ and self-aware of themselves as learners. Focusing on themselves as learners has raised achievement…overall outcomes are at a high level.  St Mary Cray Primary is not a school that stands still.

Challenge Partners Review March 2018

St Mary Cray Primary Academy is a fantastic school that not only provides its pupils with a good education but also goes above and beyond to engage with the wider community.

A great example of this is the Oasis Hub, which the school opened in May 2017. The Hub offers the local community a friendly environment in which children can engage in creative play, while parents are able to access local services and receive support for family life. All residents are welcome to attend the Hub, completely free of charge.

Another great community scheme promoted by the Academy is the Cray River Way Project. This project, which is headed by the Cray Forum, has brought together businesses, residents, and pupils to work to improve the River Cray, its environment, and the surrounding land. This has been achieved through the creation of a heritage walk along the river to encourage visitors and to make the area more accessible and enjoyable for local residents.

The school has also held some fantastic community events. I was invited to the Academy’s Celebration Event, which took place in November of last year. It was truly wonderful to see such a wide array of people from right across the local community coming together to get to know one another and celebrate the school’s achievements.

Over the last three years, St Mary Cray Primary Academy has become a vital asset to the Cray community. The school has built strong links with local businesses, organisations, and residents. The dedication of the team and pupils to improving the local area is both impressive and commendable.

 Jo Johnson
Member of Parliament for Orpington

As one of the local Ward Councillor's, I am delighted that St Mary Cray Primary Academy is at the very centre of our community. As well as a high performing and ambitious Primary School, it is a great supporter of many local initiatives such as the Cray Forum and its Cray Riverway Heritage Walk community project, hosting and attending meetings and organising events in support of the project.

The School also partners with many organisations, such as churches, Nugent Shopping Park and community groups to help improve the local area and environment, not just within the School, but by being out and about, being visible, in the local area. The School has provided me with much help and support in my role as a Ward Councillor.

The opening of the Oasis Community Hub has provided much needed help, advice and facilities for children, parents and families in the area, an opening marked with a 'celebration day' well attended by members of the local community, its MP, Councillor's and many partner agencies and organisations. The day was a huge success.

In short, St Mary Cray Primary Academy and the Oasis Community Hub deserve much credit for bringing the local community together by providing much needed and valued services, appreciated by everyone in the area.

Chris Pierce
Councillor Cray Valley East Ward
London Borough of Bromley


Feedback from our Parents:

Parent Survey November 2018 with 130 parents taking part

94% of parents think their child is happy at the school

94% of parents believed their child is taught well

94% of parents stated that the school is well led and managed

94% of parents shared that their child is making good progress

Parents said in November 2018:

[SMCPA is] “safe and happy.”

“with help and support my child has made great progress.”

[the school has] “made great progress.”

“My child is doing great at this school – very happy.”

“Education is very well focused and executed.”

“Positive attitude by teacher and school. Very well organised."

Feedback from other visitors to our school:

"Thank you for a wonderful visit to St Mary Cray Primary Academy - the staff and children were welcoming and we had many positive comments from the class teachers. The children were polite, enthusiastic and focused on learning and it was a pleasure to teach them!"

Specialist Visiting Teacher - December 2017

"Congratulations to everyone involved with St Mary Cray Primary Academy on the result of their Ofsted inspection. This fantastic achievement is a consequence of the drive and ambition that the school has shown. I have seen for myself how the school is committed to an enriching curriculum and pastoral care, including through the establishment of the Oasis Community Hub. The school has created an environment where children can learn and succeed and continues to go from strength to strength. This can only be of benefit to local residents."

Jo Johnson, MP for Orpington October 2017

“The day went really well. The children are a credit to the school. They worked hard, were well mannered and impressed us with their thinking. Unprompted they asked questions about our vision for the company and our overall strategy!”

Director of partner company in Project Aspire – March 2016

“The children were delightful. We were particularly touched by the promotional copy they created written in rhyme. We are thinking of adopting that approach for all our marketing! The team here enjoyed having them in. Lots of people got involved and the kids were great with all of them. A very lovely bunch of children so credit to their school.”

MD of partner company in Project Aspire – March 2016

"The pupils and staff were positive, friendly and a joy to work with. They were a credit to the School and the Trust. We were all impressed by their enthusiasm and the quality of their work."

Cray Forum Chairman - March 2017

“I was hugely impressed with the engagement of the children and the enthusiasm. The children could not have been more enthusiastic!”

Member of Cray Forum, February 2016

"I am delighted to learn of the continued fantastic progress being made by the school. The improvements have been truly remarkable and my congratulations to for a terrific set of results for your current Year 6 cohort (25% offered grammar school places). The role that St Mary Cray Primary Academy has taken on within the Cray Valley community is extremely notable and positive."

Jo Johnson, MP for Orpington December 2016

"...can I say what a pleasure it has been working at St Mary Cray. The children are great and the teachers fantastic. It's such an enthusiastic and caring atmosphere. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of school life this term."

Music Teacher March 2016

"St Mary Cray Primary Academy is a fantastic example of where the Government's programme of academisation is working to improve the education and prospects for young in people in our country."

Jo Johnson, MP for Orpington

"The school is to be applauded for the progress it is making. It is a credit to the leadership, the staff and the pupils."

Council Member Feb 2016

"Clearly, the school management have a very clear and positive vision that is showing excellent results."

Council Member Oct 2015

“The thing is all the children are engaged in their learning… they are behaving excellently… they are all concentrating… I know the work that is taken by all staff to achieve this… when you have been in and out of schools all your career you get a feeling for schools very quickly. You just know. This feels like a good school. It feels really good.”

School Improvement Leader / DfE Advisor July 2015

“The atmosphere felt positive, the school itself professional…there was clear engagement of the children within the classroom…. impressed by the general vibe of the school…undoubtedly, the school is making great progress.”

Trust Director June 2015

“Great to meet the staff, parent governor and pupils at St Mary Cray Primary Academy this morning. A real success story in Cray Valley East.”

Council Member April 2015