Church-based Children's Activities

References for School Admissions

Many of you are aware that a clergy reference is needed to support applications for foundation places at Church of England primary and secondary schools, including St Mary’s and All Saints’ Primary Schools in this parish. Clergy are asked to confirm that certain criteria have been met – typically this is regular worship (twice a month) and an active contribution to the life of the church for the two-year period leading up to the date of the application.

For many years we have had a rigorous process for signing our clergy references. We appreciate that this is a daunting and potentially stressful time for parents so we wanted to set this out to give greater clarification and reassurance.

We give parents a specific deadline by which we need their application forms. It is always useful if you can attach a separate note (purely for our administrative purposes) setting out you or your child’s participation in church life as well as a photo as an aide memoire for clergy – you can imagine we get a lot of application forms, so everything helps ease the process. We know of some families attending both churches in the parish. Both church administrators have access to Sunday School attendance registers, acolyte rotas, Admission to Holy Communion attendance registers, etc., so that we can confirm whether children and families regularly attend and are actively engaged in the life of church, in accordance with the schools’ criteria.

It is worth highlighting that each school sets its own criteria and amongst the Church of England Secondary Schools in this area there is a variety of different criteria, e.g. what constitutes ‘regular worship’, and the number of years for which ‘regular worship’ and ‘active involvement’ must be demonstrated. Please familiarise yourself with the criteria at potential schools for your children in good time so as to avoid the risk of failing to satisfy a particular school’s conditions.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact:

St Mary’s

Administrator: Julie Craig 020 3903 4732

Team Rector: The Revd John Whittaker 07906 759326

All Saints’

Administrator: Hannah Deasy 020 8785 3951

Team Vicar: The Revd Dr Daniel Trott 020 8785 3951

Sunday School and services of interest to those with children

We have a fantastic Sunday School team and all ages welcome at St Mary’s!  

Please see below for details of our children’s provisions in Summer terms 2024. 

We are privileged to have a dedicated Godly Play classroom here at St Mary’s and welcome children aged 3+ at least once a term. Godly Play is a creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture. It aims to develop a deeper understanding of stories, symbols and rites as a way of preparing children to join in the worship and life of their faith community. 

Click here to view details about St Mary’s Junior Choir.

If you, or your children, would be interesting in serving on a Sunday morning or evening in the future please speak to one of the clergy or email Antonia Wainman by clicking on this link:

Click here to view details about children and Holy Communion.

Our creche and Sunday School leaders have all been DBS checked and completed a Safeguarding Awareness Training course.

Community-based Children's Activities

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Cygnets’ focus is on the teaching of traditional drawing, painting and sculpture, combined with unique projects; experienced teachers, and professional quality materials. Term time classes, holiday workshops & private tuition for ages 5+

First Class Learning is a strong, flexible and dynamic learning system that focuses on the key maths and English learning outcomes for the National Curriculum for all of Great Britain. For further info contact: 


Musician-Guitar Teacher


The “Guitar Club” is a place to learn to play guitar, make new friends and get inspired by likeminded people! Lessons by rock legend Diego focus on all areas of playing from rhythm to soloing, scales, chords and improvisations on electric and acoustic guitar. 

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We aim to give our students the tools they need to enjoy learning and thrive academically. Kumon students are over a year ahead of the national average, and over six months ahead of their peers in their maths learning at the end of primary school. 

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Here at Little Voices Putney we provide fun and inspiring performing arts training through after school lessons for children aged 4 – 13 years, building confidence and nurturing talent through inspirational singing and drama lessons.

We believe in gaining life skills to follow your dreams and that every child has something amazing to share! Our fun and inspiring drama and singing lessons build children’s confidence and promote their development in a happy, positive, safe and stimulating environment.

Working towards a yearly performance and LAMDA examinations, our trained singing and drama tutors work with each child in small class sizes which means we can focus on the individual child’s development and deliver specialist Performing Arts training.

Our unique framework of lessons means that we can ensure everyone gets a part and that we provide a wonderful, caring environment where your child can make new friends and grow in confidence whilst developing as an individual. We are extremely passionate about helping all our pupils reach their full potential promoting good posture, articulation, projection, clarity and diction.
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Chinese Lessons for children 7-11 years old

Tuesdays in School Term Times,  4.30 – 5.30pm

At Thames Chinese Club we help children learn Mandarin Chinese in a supportive and inspiring environment so they can communicate with accuracy, flair and confidence.

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn this globally important language, now more than ever.

 We offer a range of lessons in West and South-West London from complete beginners through to GCSE.


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