Church-based Children's Activities

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Church Schools’ Foundation Places

Many Church of England Secondary Schools and St Mary’s and All Saints’ schools in this parish, have admission criteria for the church foundation places. This criteria is looking for a meaningful relationship with a church. For our parish church schools priority is given to the three Putney Church of England Churches, St Mary’s, All Saints’ and St Margaret’s.

A description of a meaningful relationship with a church is found on school websites and is expressed both as regular worship (twice a month) and a meaningful contribution to the life of the church community such as singing in the choir, teaching in Sunday School or supporting governance and church activity. The period that this relationship is looked for is at least two years up to the date of submitting applications.

The Covid-19 lock-down meant it was unlawful to hold services in our church buildings and have activities running which people could contribute to for a limited period. Whilst our parish held on-line services during this time, we have been told that:

In looking for satisfaction of admission criteria for 2021 and 2022 admissions, we can disregard the time during which church life and worship was substantially impaired by lock-down. We are viewing this as the period March to August 2020.

So please be re-assured that this period will not have an impact on your application for a foundation place.

On 1st September 2020, the ‘involvement in church life’ criteria began again and the following notes are designed to support you in your involvement:

1. Details of services being held , including provision for children, can be found on St Mary’s website: 

2. Whilst church life is still a little different from pre Covid, there are opportunities to be involved such as:

  • choir
  • technical support for streaming services
  • creche
  • Sunday School
  • Serving as both adults and young people
  • church governance such as serving on the DCC or PCC

This link provides a list of different ways in which people can meaningfully engage with the life of our church:

or email Julie in the St Mary’s office 

3. If you are interested in being involved in church life and would value a conversation about what your gifts, strengths and interests are and how they might fit in with volunteering opportunities please do email any of the following:

Rev’d John Whittaker at

Nikki Cornfield at  

Rev’d Jane Andrews at 

We are very much holding you all in our prayers at this new season of living with Covid, but no longer with pandemic restrictions, and supporting you to ensure that the Covid-19 disruptions do not hamper your being part of our church life and application for a church school foundation place.

God Bless


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!  Our Autumn 2022 dates will be: September 25th; October 9th; November 20th, 27th; December 11th.

Parish Eucharist with Mid Service Groups for children: September 18th and October 16th.

All Age services: October 2nd; November 6th; December 4th, 25th.

Ad hoc services:  December 24th Crib Service, 4pm.

Spring 2023 term dates will be published mid Autumn term.

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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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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