Part of the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust

Be who God means you to be and you will set the world on fire.


Our Staff





It is my great privilege to welcome you to the family of St Mary’s, Whickham. St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.

Personally, I have had the honour of teaching, living and worshipping within the parish of St Mary’s for a number of years. It is with absolute assurance, therefore, that I can acknowledge how remarkable our pupils, staff and wider community are. Not only do pupils at St Mary’s achieve educationally – with academic performance comparing highly favourably against local and national benchmarks – but they also develop into respectful, responsible, resilient young people, with a multitude of gifts and talents, which have been fostered and honed by skilful and committed teachers who care deeply for each and every child they work with.

Mr J Wheatley


Our Values

As our School Mission Statement states: St Mary’s aims to develop the talents of each pupil as a unique individual whose full potential can be developed in a community which has Christ at its centre. As a thriving Catholic Christian school community, we have a unique and privileged position in living out this Mission: facilitating outstanding learning opportunities for our pupils; promoting values of empathy, tolerance and respect; being a living embodiment of ‘Church’ for our wider school community.


We send out letters and newsletters on a regular basis to keep parents up to date with school decisions and progress.

At St Mary's, we keep our parents, carers and families informed about upcoming events and celebrations of our children's successes. We regularly publish a newsletter, which is sent out electronically to all of our parents and is made available on this page. We also use Social media to share the very latest events, learning and religious celebrations that take place within our school.

Latest News

British Values at St Mary’s

Pupils across school have spent the week learning about a range of world faiths alongside as part of our Religious Education. They know that tolerance of others’ faiths and beliefs is an essential value within British society.

Knock Residential 2024

Year 6 had an amazing time on their residential visit to Knock Christian Centre for a week of outward bounds lead by our good friends Mal and Marion Tabb and team from Canoes, Mountains and Caves CIC. You can see a selection of photos and videos from the trip on our X feed: St Mary’s […]

Pentecost Parties

Pupils across school partied in style to celebrate the ‘Birthday of the Church’: the Feast of Pentecost, bringing to life learning from their recent RE topic and living the Liturgical seasons of the Church.