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 schools should nourish Christians in their faith, encourage those of other faiths and challenge those of no faith’
Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury 1980-1991

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 excellent learning opportunities, promoting achievement in every area and nurturing social, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Character and resilience are the qualities, the inner resorces 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 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 another's 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 may be difficult to succeed, a type of resilience
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)