Welcome from the Head

Welcome From Mrs Greaves,


It is with great pleasure that I welcome you and your child to our happy and purposeful Catholic Primary School and Nursery.  We, headteacher, staff, governors, pupils and parents, are all proud of our thriving school. I am privileged to be Headteacher of St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy and have been so since September 2007.

St. Mary’s school was founded in 1814 and is now situated on a new site given by the Sisters of Mercy.  Our new purposeful school was built in 2002 and can be located near Darley Abbey on the north side of the City.  We are proud to have a diverse community which attracts families across the whole of Derby City.  Inspectors noted that, ‘The school has strived to develop its inclusivity to a highly successful level, and has seized many opportunities to open up the school to parents, to the parishes and to the local community’ (April 2011)

Our vision is to educate children in the spirit of the Gospel Values and the traditions of the Catholic Church nurturing the talents and potential of each individual.  St. Mary’s aims to provide a community where everyone is valued for their own individual talents and personality. We work together to achieve high standards and high expectations in terms of teaching and children’s learning, behaviour and standards of achievement; a place where children, staff, parents and community can come together to learn, to share, to grow and make a positive difference to themselves and others.

At St Mary’s, we believe that parents are the first and most important educators of their children. The staff and governors therefore foster and encourage a partnership between home, school and parish so that together we can help each child to develop and flourish in a happy, secure and caring atmosphere.  I look forward to making very strong links with yourselves and also developing a partnership between school, child and parents that will help us all to provide the very best education for your child.

I hope that you will find this web site interesting and informative and that you will enjoy learning about our school and our aims. If you like what you see, why not come and visit St Mary’s, we are proud to show visitors around our happy and caring school.

We look forward to welcoming you.

God bless.

Mrs Amanda C Greaves

Executive Headteacher