St. Mary's C. of E. Primary Academy

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Simon Sturridge


Over the years St Mary's Church of England Primary school and nursery class have had the pleasure of some interesting connections. For instance one of our former class teachers Sylvia Douglas was married to Michael Douglas who was a brother of Ruby Turner a famous Soul Singer. In 2001 Sir Ron Dearing who wrote the Deering report for education came to visit our school and was presented with a St Mary's teddy bear which he promised to treasure back in London in his office. In 2000 Mrs Sturridge-Packer, our previous Head Teacher, went to Buckingham Palace to receive the CBE from the queen. A whole coach full of children from St Mary's waited outside the palace gates to greet her. She was also greeted by BBC news who did a news item all about the school.  Simon Sturridge, former Birmingham City and Stoke striker, works at St Mary's as a sports learning mentor. Also Dean Sturridge former Derby, Leicester, Wolves and QPR striker is his brother too.  Our newest claim to fame however is Daniel Sturridge who is a professional footballer with Liverpool and has a number of England caps who visted our school in December 2017 and awarded our Celebration Assembly certificates. He is the nephew of our previous Head Teacher Mrs Sturridge-Packer and came to wish her lots of luck in her retirement from Headship.