St Mary’s Catholic Infants’ School is a Voluntary Aided Catholic Infants’ School for girls and boys between the ages of 4 and 7 years. The school lies within the Archdiocese of Southwark and in the pastoral area of South West London.
The school lies within the parish of The Holy Cross in Carshalton and also serves the parishes of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sutton, The Holy Family in Sutton and St Margaret’s in Carshalton Beeches.
Brief History of the School
In 1890 a Catholic school was opened in Sutton where it was attached to the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary. Four years later, the numbers of pupils having increased, new accommodation was provided in the grounds of Carshalton House in Shorts Road. The School thrived in these premises until 1966 when the infants were separated from the juniors and the infants’ school was established on its present site in West Street. The junior school remained in the Shorts Road premises until 1980 when the school moved to its present modern accommodation.
At St. Mary’s Catholic Infant School we share in the mission of the Catholic Church to proclaim the Gospel. We are a Christian community which welcomes and brings together priests, governors, parents, staff and pupils in developing a special relationship with God. The Gospel values of love, justice, tolerance, kindness, forgiveness and respect are reflected in our policies and practices.
Our aim is to develop the full potential of each child, spiritually, intellectually, morally, emotionally, physically and socially. We offer equality of opportunity to all children regardless of gender, disability, colour, ethnic or national origin. We celebrate the uniqueness of each child.
Everyone who is involved with the school shares their gifts for the benefit of every child. We are committed to supporting the Catholic ethos of the school helping our children towards an understanding of the Catholic way of worship. Through offering children this experience of life in a community founded on Gospel values, we aim to prepare them for life as Christians in the wider world.