Welcome to Chilham St. Mary's C. of E. Primary School

Celebrating 150 years 1862 - 2012

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Week beginning 19th September 2016

The children have settled back into school routines brilliantly and it was lovely to welcome our new Wrens on Friday for their first full day. They are doing really well as they get used to life in a school.

As children get their routines going with their teachers it was also lovely to see so many at our ‘Meet the Teacher’ mornings for Peacocks, Martins and Herons last week.

On Friday, we are holding Jeans for Genes day where the children are asked to come in wearing jeans. They can decorate their jeans if they wish and may win a prize for the most creatively decorated ….. suggested donation £1.00 – join us overdoing it in denim this Friday :)

A quick reminder that parents should not enter by the back of the school at any time, this is a children’s entrance and it is vital that you have gone to the office with any query.

September is flying along and we have begun rehearsing for our Harvest Festival on Wednesday 12th October. This year we are supporting Porchlight rather than asking for food donations – we’ll let you know more about this after Jeans for Genes on Friday.

Richard Williams, Headteacher

Our School

Chilham St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School is a thriving family and community centred school in the heart of beautiful Kent countryside. The children benefit from access to wonderful natural and historic resources literally right on our doorstep. The castle grounds and lake are generously made available to the school for outdoor learning opportunities. We also house our breakfast and lunchtime meals downstairs in a magnificent Tudor building, the upstairs of which is a hall where we assemble for Worship, music lessons and celebrations. The school works closely with Chilham’s Church, the village hall and the fantastically resourced sports ground and hall, which the children use for sports clubs and P.E.

Chilham St. Mary’s is a Church of England Primary School and understanding Christianity and nurturing each child to love others created uniquely in the image of God is pivotal to our daily life at school. We have 6 key virtues or values which we strive to live by whilst at school: Love, Respect, Forgiveness, Generosity, and Trust.

We hope you will enjoy visiting us on our website and if you are interested in your child joining us; to welcoming you at our school very soon.

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We pride ourselves on making each child’s journey through our school special and unique with an emphasis on emotionally nurturing each child within a friendly, caring and Christian atmosphere. What is special about our school is how we all work collaboratively so that our children learn in an exciting and motivating way.

In January 2016, we received an statutory inspection from the Church of England. Below is a comment from that inspection:

* This is a highly inclusive church school, in which each individual is valued equally. Differences are respected and celebrated. The school’s Christian values of respect, forgiveness, generosity, trust and love underpin attitudes. Consequently progress is good.

Read the full report here:


DFE Performance Tables 2015 link

Please click here for a detailed breakdown of Chilham’s performance in 2014/15 academic year:


Give your views to OFSTED

Please follow this link to register and give your views via Parentview online:

The site will request that you provide an e-mail address and then e-mail you with a password to be able to give your views. There are 12 questions and the data is anonymous. Your details will not be used by Ofsted to contact you as long as you check the box to say that you do not wish to be contacted by them.

Admissions Information

Chilham St. Mary’s currently accepts up to 15 children per year group. The school consists of four classes: Wrens, Herons, Martins and Peacocks. The Wrens are our youngest – made up of Reception aged children. Years 1 and 2 are The Herons; Years 3 and 4 are The Martins and Years 5 and 6 are the Peacocks. If you are interested in your child joining us, please contact Melanie Woodland on 01227 730442 to make an appointment or e-mail us at office@chilham.kent.sch.uk


Information relating to Reception places for September 2017

Year R applications (2017) are normally for children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013.

The information contained on this page should be read in conjuction with the KCC Admissions policy.

The closing date for applications is 16th January 2017. KCC will process applications.

If you miss the deadline, you can make a late application by filling in the Primary In Year Common Application Form (IYCAF) and returning it to the school as soon as possible.

If you apply online KCC will email you on Tuesday 18th April 2017 after 4pm to tell you which school you have been offered. They cannot guarantee the exact time you will receive your email, this will depend on your email service provider. You can also log in after 5pm on 18th April to view your offer online. If you apply by post KCC will send your offer by first class post on 18th April 2017.

For advice call 03000 41 21 21 or email kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk

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