High Stile, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1EB

Tel: 01371 872340


High Stile, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1EB

Tel: 01371 872340

A warm welcome to our prospective parents

Choosing a primary school for your child is an important decision. You will want to know how your child will be looked after; how they will spend their day; what will they learn and how as individuals will they be encouraged to do everything to the best of their abilities. We know if you entrust your child to our care that they will become part of a happy, nurturing and successful school.

So why choose Dunmow St Mary’s?

What our parents say…

“The facilities in Dunmow St Mary’s Reception are amazing from the fantastic outside space where playing and learning take place…read more”

Reception 2021

Children born during the period 1st September 2016 to 31st August 2017 will start school in September 2021.  The closing date for applications was 15th January 2021.  Please see the foot of this page for future admission policies.

Our current admission policy can be found here.

Parent Tours

Unfortunately due to the current situation we are unable to hold open mornings and evenings or parent tours.  Please contact our office at admin@dsmprimary.essex.sch.uk or on 01371 872340 if you would like us to let you know if and when tours will resume.


To find out more about out Early Years please click on the tabs below.  Our children also participate in Forest School in our grounds and you can find out more about that here.

During the reception year a huge importance is placed on child led learning. Children are encouraged to pursue their own interests and curiosities in a stimulating, open ended environment. Child engagement levels are highest during child-initiated time and so the learning is deeper and more embedded. This also allows staff to spend quality time with individual children and with small groups to identify what each child’s next steps are to move their learning on. Alongside this the children participate in daily adult led sessions to teach the key reading, writing and maths skills.

We believe that values need to be more than just written on a website and we know if you visit our school and talk to current members of our school community that they will tell you that our children and staff ensure that they embody our values of integrity, nurture, creativity, success and individuality in their every action. With these values underpinning the ethos of our school we believe that there is no limit to what our children can achieve.

We want our children to develop into responsible and valuable members of society. Meeting new classmates and developing friendships helps the children learn how to be part of a group. By participating in assemblies and collective worship they gain a sense of being part of the school community. Through collaboration with our local church, exploring our local town and working with local businesses they start to build relationships with their local community. Learning about British values, democracy, the environment, other countries and cultures as well as being involved in fundraising for others less fortunate than themselves, our children gain an understanding of their place in the world and the difference they can make to it.

The focus in our classrooms is on enjoyment and achievement. We encourage a growth mind set so that mistakes are seen as a pathway to new learning and an unknown skill is merely not known yet. Our creative curriculum is well-respected and every child is given the opportunity to develop independent learning skills through first-hand experience and enquiry. Our children are taught that they can achieve anything they set their minds to. They learn while becoming bakers, potters, artists, explorers, investigators, detectives, archaeologists, conservationists, researchers, scientists, musicians, athletes and authors.

Early Years Policy

Have the children had their eyes opened to the world around them? Have they developed a sense of self-esteem and self-worth that will carry them through the challenges of secondary school and beyond? Have they been given the opportunity to try a huge variety of sporting activities and represent their school at district or county competitions? Has their individual love for art or music or sport or maths or writing been nurtured? Do they leave us confident, active members of the local community? These are the results we both aim for and achieve.

But don’t take our word for it take a look at our online prospectus.  Visit our year group pages to get an overview of what the children are learning. Come and meet us and our children. See for yourself.

Mid-year applications

If you would like your child to join our school at any time other than the Reception intake you will need to submit an application to Essex County Council.  For more details on the process and the online application form please see https://www.essex.gov.uk/move-to-a-different-school-mid-year-admission.

Before applying you may wish to know whether we have a space for your child(ren) so please contact the school office to discuss our current position.

Online Prospectus

Admissions Policy 2021-22

Admissions Policy 2022-23