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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

A Community where we Live, Learn and Laugh Together in God's Love


Swires Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2ER




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St Mary's Catholic Primary School has been in existence since 1846, making it one of the oldest educational institutions in the Diocese of Leeds and the Halifax area. We are proud of our Catholic heritage and consider this to be central to all we try to achieve with our pupils.


We want all our pupils to reach their full potential in every way, but we especially want them to know that God loves each of them as unique and special individuals. In partnership with parents, carers, parishioners and external agencies we know we can achieve these objectives.

Mark Brennan


Background and History of our school

The old school on Bedford Street

St Mary’s Catholic School was founded in 1846. It was the first Catholic school to be established in Halifax and is one of the oldest schools in the Diocese of Leeds.

The original school was situated on Gibbet Street and then moved into separate Infant and Junior schools on Bedford Street and Clarence Street, due to the large increase in pupils during the latter part of the 19th century. During the mid-1960’s Infant and Junior schools were rebuilt on Swires Road and then combined in 1985 to form today’s Primary school.

St Mary’s is a very popular school with an excellent reputation for its friendly, caring atmosphere and pastoral care. Our school has good academic, arts and sporting achievements to its name and provides many lunch-time and after-school activities for pupils.

The school has experienced a significant change in population over the last few years and we now enjoy an enormously varied cultural, social and ethnic mix within our community members. At the same time, it very important to us, that our school is Catholic, and all pupils, parents and staff are expected to be supportive of this ethos and tradition.

We attract pupils from a wide area and while most pupils are drawn from our local parish areas of St. Mary & St. Alban (Skircoat Green, Salterhebble, King Cross and Savile Park) and St. Columba (Pellon and Norton Tower). Other children travel from as far away as Sowerby Bridge and even Bradford.