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Celebrating 150 years 1862 - 2012

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World Book Day, Thursday 3rd March

The aim of World Book Day is to encourage reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all.
To mark the day, the children were given a £1.00 book token which can be exchanged for one of ten specially published World Book Day books, and were encouraged to come to school dressed up as their favourite Roald Dahl or Julia Donaldson book character.

We had a wonderful variety of colourful costumes and characters in school! It was a very difficult choice to choose the winners, but there could only be one winner for each class, and they were:
Alfred S, Joshua LB, William S and Raymond C.
Miss Fakley was our staff winner.

Well done everybody for making it such a fantastic day! We hope that you enjoy reading your new books, there should be something for everybody with the selection of titles to choose from.

St. Mary’s Chilham Parish News March and April

Each month the school contributes to the parish magazine and every few months we get extra space to share an exciting event that we may have taken part in or done. In the March edition, we reported on the choir’s trip to the 02 as part of Young Voices and there is a big section on us in the centre pages. In April, we are excited to be on the cover (our Year 5s during a learning activity with their teacher Mr. Johnson.) The March edition is available from the church or post office for 70p.

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 2016

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

The closing date for applications was 15 January 2016. KCC are now processing applications.

If you missed 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 applied online KCC will email you on 18th April 2016 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 applied by post KCC will send your offer by first class post on 18th April 2016.

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

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