The roots to grow, the wings to fly...

School motto


...fostering a positive and responsible attitude in children towards their environment...

School aims


Your school is a gem.

Quote from Salisbury Diocese Advisor


...a secure Christian environment in which consideration and respect for self and others, can be fostered..

School aims


...achieving the highest standards of which children are capable in all areas of academic and personal development...

School aims

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Welcome to St Mary's CE Primary School

Our school is situated in the centre of Bradford Abbas, a thriving village community around St Mary’s Church, the Rose & Crown Pub, the Village Hall and the Sports & Social Club. With currently 115 pupils on the school roll, our children will learn to value the experience of being part of the wonderful community of Bradford Abbas.

There is a strong relationship between the school and the Church. The school benefits by making use of the Church for religious events and the Vicar is actively involved in Assemblies. Our most recent inspection by Salisbury Diocese  found us to be outstanding in every area!

St Mary's is part of two successful and effective educational partnerships: the small schools cluster (Trent Primary, Thornford Primary, Buckland Newton Primary and  Bishops Caundle Primary) and the Sherborne Area Schools' Trust. The schools work together closely for the benefit of all of our children of Sherborne and the surrounding areas.

At St Mary's, we can offer you outstanding teaching and learning, excellent behaviour and a warm, safe and friendly Christian ethos where every individual is valued.  We emphasise the importance of positive relationships and reward. Safeguarding information can be found here. We are proud of the curriculum we offer our children - you can read more about this here

I hope you enjoy finding out about our school and how we work together to ensure our pupils are happy, secure and successful – please come and meet us! We have lots of exciting projects taking place this year and are very much looking forward to all the opportunities on offer!

All policies and newsletters useful for parents can be found under the downloads section under the information tab. If you would like paper copies of any of this information, please contact Mrs Britton, Admin Officer.  Keep an eye on the gallery to see some of the learning and events that take place here. You can also follow us on @BAPrimary on Twitter, or  Facebook.

Emma Grunnill - Headteacher  


  • 2020 - Autumn 1st Half Term

    Monday 7th September - Friday 23rd October

  • 2020 - Autumn Term Half Term Holiday

    Monday 26th October - Friday 30th October

  • 2020 - Autumn 2nd Half Term

    Monday 2nd November - Thursday 17th December

  • 2021 - Spring 1st Half Term

    Tuesday 5th January - Friday 12th February

  • 2021 - Spring Term Half Term Holiday

    Monday 15th February - Friday 19th February

  • 2021 - Spring 2nd Half Term

    Tuesday 23rd February - Thursday 1st April

  • 2021 - Summer 1st Half Term

    Monday 19th April - Friday 28th May

  • 2021 - Summer Half Term Holiday

    Monday 31st May - Friday 4th June

  • 2021 - Summer 2nd Half Term

    Monday 7th June - Friday 23rd July