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Catholic Primary School

  • With our mother Mary,
  • we gather together joyfully,
  • to love, live, learn and pray,
  • with respect for all God’s family,
  • as Jesus teaches us.

Welcome to Maryvale Catholic Primary School.  I hope you find this website both useful and informative.  I am delighted to be a leader at Maryvale and honoured to serve the community for over 10 years.


Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make.  Our website will allow you to make an informed choice and explore what Maryvale School has to offer.


My vision for all children is that they receive a high quality, broad and balanced education, equipping them with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding required for their futures.  I also believe children learn best when they are happy, therefore, I aim to ensure all children feel safe, valued, listened to and respected.


Although academic success is important, we are a caring community which aims to promote a culture of respect and care.  Our school mission statement underpins the school’s values and teaches the children that they are all unique and special, therefore, creating a sense of worth, knowing that everyone is loved and respected as Jesus teaches us.


We seek to create a learning environment which enables the children to succeed to the best of their ability and creates a culture whereby God given gifts and talents are nurtured.


As a Catholic school, community is at the heart of everything we do.  We pride ourselves on the pastoral support we offer to our families and the links we have with our parish and wider community.


To conclude, our school is much more than just an educational establishment.  It is a place which offers children the stability and enrichment that they need to become well rounded and responsible Catholic citizens.

Please take time to explore and enjoy our website and our twitter page.  If you require any further details, please contact us.


Mrs. C. A. Dalzell, M.A.


Acting Executive Head Teacher (substantive Head Teacher)



School History


Maryvale is one of the oldest Catholic Primary Schools in the country. The school was built on the present site in 1881 by the Sisters of Mercy to cater for the children in the orphanage and for local Catholic families. There was however a school established in the orphanage itself prior to this date. The orphanage closed in 1980 and the building is now used as the Diocesan Centre for Catechesis.


There has been a long tradition of Catholic Faith at Maryvale. The parish was established in 1669, although there is believed to be evidence of a Saxon church here. Maryvale House was once the home of the recently beatified, Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman, who gave the area the name "Maryvale". The original Oscott Seminary was also founded in the house.


Our School Mission

"With our mother Mary,
we gather together joyfully,
to love, live, learn and pray,
with respect for all God's family,
as Jesus teaches us."






Maryvale Catholic Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.  Please explore this website to find our safeguarding policies and useful tips to support with keeping children safe.

Our Awards


Our School has achieved a number of awards. Some of these are highlighted below.


The Financial Management Standard in Schools

This is the Government Department for Children, Schools and Families' (DCSF) Financial Management Standard in Schools. It is awarded to schools following an assessment which examines evidence gathered by the school to demonstrate that they comply with what a financially well managed school should look like.


National Healthy Schools

This is a Government award given to schools that can demonstrate they promote a whole school and whole child approach to health in the broadest sense





This award rewards delivery of the national PE, School Sport and Club Links strategy.