Vision and Values

St Mary's Church of England Primary School offers a distinctly Christian education in an inclusive environment, welcoming children and staff of all faiths and none.

‘Church of England schools offer a community where everyone is a person known and loved by God, supported to know their intrinsic value.'
The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

The distinctive nature of our approach to education can be found in our explicit Christian values, our collective worship, our grounded Christian ethos and in our Religious Education.

We aim to provide ambitious learning opportunities, promoting achievement in every area and nurturing social, emotional and spiritual well-being.

It is essential that we equip our children with the knowledge and cultural capital that they need to succeed in life. Cultural capital is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping them to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

Character and resilience are the qualities, the inner resources that we call on to get us through the frustrations and setbacks that are part and parcel of life. We must instil these qualities in our children and make sure that they are ready to make their way in the world as robust and confident individuals.

As our children gain confidence, knowledge and skills we hope that they will go on to become compassionate, well balanced young people. They will take their place in society as active citizens, economically independent, exemplifying the British values of equality, tolerance, democracy, individual liberty and rule of law.

As a Church school we believe every child is made in the image of God, and therefore we want the best for them. We value our school community as a place where love can flourish.

The four foundations of our curriculum are

  1. Educating for Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills (value link-perseverance)
  2. Educating for Hope and Aspiration (value link-forgiveness)
  3. Educating for Community and Living Well Together (value link-compassion, responsibility)
  4. Educating for Dignity and Respect (value link-integrity, respect)

Our school motto is based upon Philippians 2:1-16

Go, shine in the world and live as Jesus lived, with compassion, honesty and integrity.

As a community, we have identified six core values that are woven in to the very fabric of the school which we expect all members of the school community-pupils, staff, governors, clergy- to model.

Compassion      A deep awareness and sympathy for anothers suffering

When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.(Mark 6:34)

Integrity             The quality of having strong moral principles eg honesty, decency, fairness, equality

Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.(Philippians 4:8)

Forgiveness      Excusing a mistake or offence

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us (Matt 6:12-15)

Perseverance    Keeping on trying, even though it is difficult to succeed

Be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience (Colossians 1:11-12)

Respect             Regard highly, value, honour

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them (Luke 6:31)

Responsibility  A form of trustworthiness, being responsible for your own actions

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self control (Timothy 1:7)