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

Celebrating 150 years 1862 - 2012

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Week beginning 14th November:

Service of Remembrance
We were very proud of Shannon F and Thomas R who, with Mrs Smith represented Chilham St Mary’s at the Service of Remembrance at St Mary’s Church on Sunday. The children read out their moving poems beautifully before laying their poppy wreath at the memorial.

Please note that if you require a paper copy of any of our attached documentation, we will provide this free of charge: please contact the office and allow 2 working days for preparation

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 on our doorstep. The castle grounds are generously made available to us for outdoor learning opportunities and the castle pool for our swimming lessons. We 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 and celebrations. The school works closely with Chilham’s Church, Old Wives Lees Village Hall, Chilham Village Hall and the Recreation Ground Trust.

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. We have 6 key virtues or values which we strive to live by whilst at school: Love, Respect, Forgiveness, Generosity, Empathy and Trust.

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.

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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Special Educational Needs
for details including our policy, please see our Reports tab under information above. To read details about Kent’s local offer click:


Letters and Sounds Phonics

At CSM we use the Letters and Sounds Phonics Programme which aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right: click here for more information:

DFE Performance Tables link


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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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