The School and its settings

St Mary's C of E Primary school is in the heart of the attractive village of Bitteswell, adjacent to the Green. Bitteswell is approximately one mile north of the market town of Lutterworth and 13 miles south-west of the City of Leicester. 

In July 2017 we became an Academy and are part of Inspiring Primaries Academy Trust (IPAT)  a group of nine local schools who share the same vision and values for children in the surrounding community.  As a founder school we have been able to set out our beliefs and ensure that not only the children at St Mary's but those within IPAT can acess the knowledge, skills and understanding that they are entitled to.  https://inspiringprimaries

The school was built in 1888 and modernised and extended in 1972, 1995, 2003 and more recently in 2015.

The main accommodation comprises:

4 Classrooms Head Teacher's Room
Music Room School Office
Library Staff Room





Nurture room


Additional large





teaching space


Outside the children have access to a Wildlife Garden, large field, patio area and 'the mound' which they love to play on. There is also a climbing wall and marked hardstanding for games and activities. We have four raised beds and an outdoor classroom.  We have an excellent outdoor activity area including a separate climbing wall and 'pick up sticks' climbing area.  All the equipment was chosen by the children, parents and staff. There is a bike shed for children to leave their scooters and bikes.

Leicestershire Gold Music Mark

This was attained in 2015.  We view music as an important element of education and all children have the opportunity to learn a range of instruments, perform and develop their music skills.   Mrs Cupit is a lead music teacher for the county and across IPAT supporting schools in their development of music.  Mrs Maher is a music champion for Leicestershire working with a number of head teachers from across the county to develop music across all schools.

School Games

In September 2016 the school was awarded the prestigious Gold school Games Award.  We have developed many links with local clubs and 85% of the children take part in extra-curricular activities.

Enhanced Healthy Schools

The school was awarded the National Healthy Schools status in July 2010. This was renewed in 2015 and we now have the Enhanced Healthy Schools Award.  Along with these we have two subsidiary awards – Emotional Health and Well-Being and Healthy Weight.

Beyond Bulying Award

Over the past year we successfully gained this award.

Food for Life – Bronze Award – we are currently aiming for Silver

Eco-Schools – Bronze Award 

We are working towards our Silver award along with our Gold Tree Award.

International School Award

In 2017 we were awarded the full international school award for ensuring global links, knowledge and skills are well established and thread throughout the curriculum. As part of the global learning programme we continue to promote and develop our understanding of all communities.

Investors in People

In June 2009, St Mary's C of E Primary School was re-assessed and was successful in meeting the requirement of the Investors in People Standard.

Basic Skills Quality Mark

The school was awarded The Quality Mark in basic skills in 2009.  This affirmed the school’s application of its rigorous self-evaluation framework for continuous improvement.

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