Friday, 12 December 2014

September 2015 pupil places

We have a limited number of nursery/school places available across most year groups, for pupils starting September 2015. These are filling up quickly though so please get in touch with the school office if you wish to find out more.

School tours are available throughout the year (including during school holidays) but we also have the following two forthcoming Open Mornings;

Saturday 24th January 2015 - 10am-12noon
Saturday 21st March 2015 - 10am-12noon

No appointment necessary on Open Mornings, simply drop in on the day.

For further details please contact the school office on 0161 432 0532 or just send us an email!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Come to our Christmas Fair!

It's our Christmas Fair this Saturday, 29th November! Come along from 1pm to visit Father Christmas in his grotto, enjoy fun and games, cakes, mince pies and other refreshments, face-painting, browse the book stall, plus lots more festive fun!

Bring all your friends and family - everyone is welcome; the more the merrier!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

2015 Open Mornings...

If you're considering a nursery or school place for September 2015 (or sooner) why not pop along to one of our Open Mornings after Christmas? It's the perfect opportunity to have a look around our facilities, meet our pupils, staff and parents, ask them any questions and pick up some further information. No appointment necessary, simply drop in on the day!
  • Saturday 24th January 2015 @ 10am-12noon
  • Saturday 21st March 2015 @ 10am-12noon
Don't worry if you're unable to make the open house sessions - we're also happy to give guided tours at any other time during the week that's convenient - simply call the office on 0161 432 0532 or send us an email to make an appointment at a time that suits you.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Visit during the summer holidays...

We are open during the summer holidays for any families who are considering schools and wish to take a look around to see what Stella Maris has to offer...

We still have a limited number of places remaining for September 2014 across most year groups, and are also accepting applications for September 2015 or sooner.

To find out more, request a prospectus or arrange a personal tour of the school at a time that's convenient for you please contact Lisa in the school office on 0161 432 0532 or simply drop her an email.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Open Morning - Saturday 17th May

Once again we're inviting families to have a look around our school, meet our teachers and pupils, and pick up some information about life at Stella Maris.

We have a limited number of remaining school places available across most year groups for September 2014, and are currently accepting applications for nursery and reception places starting September 2015.

No appointment is necessary and visitors are welcome to simply drop in on the day itself - Saturday 17th May - any time between 10am and 12noon.

We offer;
  • Excellent class sizes
  • Quality teaching
  • Grammar school entrance exam preparation, currently with 100% success rate in offer of places
  • Warm, caring environment in a quiet conservation area - no main roads!
  • Fantastic communication between parents and teachers
  • Confident, happy children
  • Wrap around term-time care 8am-5.30pm
  • Holiday clubs
  • A range of optional weekly extra-curricular activities including Dance, Sports, Speech, Music, Drama, and Cooking clubs
  • French lessons
  • 'A Good school with Outstanding areas' - Ofsted, March 2014
  • Childcare vouchers / government nursery grant accepted
  • Part-time & full-time nursery
Find out more about what our parents think by reading our recent Parents' Survey here.

For more information just call Lisa in the office on 0161 432 0532

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Excellent Ofsted result...

We're pleased to say that our recent Ofsted inspection has rated Stella Maris School 'good with outstanding areas'. The full report is now available to read here and here are some of the things which were said;

“Pupils' behaviour is exemplary at all times and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are outstanding.”

“Outstanding provision for welfare, health and safety ensures that pupils routinely enjoy healthy lifestyles and confidently adopt practices that ensure their safety.”

“All groups achieve well including in English and mathematics. The teaching of communication, reading and writing skills is a towering strength of the school.”

"Pupils mature very quickly into caring, thoughtful and extremely well mannered young citizens. They are remarkably articulate."

“The imaginative curriculum meets pupils' interests well, including in music, sports and French.”

“Pupils develop and apply a wide range of skills so that they are well prepared for the next stage in their education.”

“Early Years children make good progress developing all the key skills they need. Personal and social development is excellent. They develop very positive attitudes towards learning and play together happily.”

"Staff are very highly committed to the well-being of pupils and treasure them as individuals."

If you're considering school places for September 2014 we still have places available across most year groups. To book a tour or request a prospectus, please phone the school office: 0161 432 0532 or simply drop us an email.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Stella Maris Gets Active

Pupils can now take part in cooking and drama clubs during school time as part of an all-new extended programme of optional extra-curricular activities offered at Stella Maris.

Calling upon the expertise of highly skilled and Ofsted-rated ‘outstanding’ drama teacher Kate Lambert, the school’s optional new ‘Drama Shed’ club takes place each Wednesday lunchtime. Through performing mime, improvisation, and physical theatre the club reinforces pupils’ self-confidence and helps develop their acting skills ahead of the school’s annual summer and Christmas concerts.

For those pupils with a taste for finer foods than cupcakes, Kiddy Cook’s Nikki Geddes presents the pupils with healthy recipes during the Thursday lunchtime Cooking Club. During Chinese New Year pupils prepared vegetable spring rolls to be cooked at home and for Australia Day damper bread was on the menu with the pupils learning what makes the dough rise.

With the assistance of PTA funding to make the new activities affordable for parents, our plan is to roll out more extra-curricular clubs on a termly basis. Commenting upon the school’s new activities, headteacher Mrs Johnson said: “we want to encourage pupils to try out new things whilst they’re in school so they may discover their forte whatever that might be.”

With well over half Stella Maris pupils taking part in the activities offered (which also includes music, speech, dance and sports), our enviable level of success when it comes to pupils applying for local grammar school places is not surprising; the year 6 leavers are able to demonstrate themselves as well-rounded and active individuals.

To find out more about life at Stella Maris simply book a visit or request a prospectus by calling 0161 432 0532, or emailing

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Open House

We'll be having an Open House event on Tuesday 4th March 2014 for families considering an independent/private school for their child(ren) in the Heatons.

Between 1pm-3pm, families may come and have a look around the classrooms to see Stella Maris in action during a regular working afternoon. Visitors will also have the opportunity to pick up a prospectus and ask any questions they may have.

We currently have places available in our nursery and reception class beginning September 2014 or earlier, as well as limited places across Years 1 to Year 6.

No appointment necessary, simply drop in on the day.