Haddenham St Mary's Church of England School, founded in 1868, provides education for all children aged between 4 and 7 within a Christian ethos. With highly qualified teachers and a nominal roll of 180 children in three "year groups", class sizes are generally of 30 or under. Overlooking open fields at the southern end of the village and next to St Mary's Church, the school aims to create a challenging, yet supportive environment, within which a broad and balanced curriculum is adapted to the individual needs of each child. All children are encouraged to be independent and use their initiative to develop their full potential. Haddenham St Mary’s School, as part of the village and wider community, encourages a feeling of respect for people of all ages and beliefs in an ever-changing world.
The overall aim is to awaken the children’s skills and personal qualities providing a foundation for a fulfilled and constructive life. The classroom teacher endeavours to create an atmosphere where individuals are recognised, appreciated and encouraged. Learning to work and play together is a prime consideration. The school has successfully run a hub kitchen, "Homemade at Haddenham St Mary's", since the introduction of Universal Infant Free School Meals and the team deliver homemade hot lunches to over 400 children a day both at Haddenham St Mary's and other local schools. The school is managed by a committed Governing Body, comprised of eleven local people with a broad range of backgrounds. It is supported by an active Parent Teacher Association which raises substantial funds to enhance pupil’s learning experience through educational visits and provide additional facilities to complement National Curriculum activities.