Aims and Vision

Our Vision

At St Mary’s we are a church school committed to the enjoyment and discipline of learning and to the spiritual, educational and social development of our children.
We do this within a framework of Christian belief and values and in an atmosphere of love, respect and encouragement.

School Values

The school’s six values:
Respect – ‘Do to others what you would have them do to you’ (Matthew 7:12)
Peace – ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God’ (Matthew 5:9)
Reflection – ‘Be still and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46:10)
Honesty – ‘Do what is right, in the eyes of man’ (2 Corinthians 8:21)
Kindness – ‘Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgive one another, as God in Christ forgave you’ (Ephesians 4:32)
Courage – ‘Be strong and courageous, for the Lord God is with you’ (Joshua 1:9)

What we want this school to be for all who work, learn and visit here…

• Teaching children what they need to know

We teach a curriculum that is broad and interesting, with high-quality learning
experiences, and a strong balance between academic, creative and physical
earning, so everyone can achieve and do well!

• Being a learning community

We aim to impart a desire for learning, knowing that we all learn in different
ways, using our own curiosity and questioning. We want everyone in the
school, staff, parents and children, to gain the independent skills that will keep
them learning all their lives.

• Meeting our potential

We encourage, support and guide children to reach their full potential in both
their strengths and in their “not-yet-strengths”, by setting challenging but
achievable targets term by term.

• Cooperating and learning together

We help children to take responsibility for their own learning, but also for
helping one another to improve. We teach children to work as a team, to share
ideas and to learn from each other.

• Being a church school

We aim to give children a clear understanding of the Christian faith and what it
means for them as they grow up in a community, whilst also teaching respect
and understanding for other faiths and those who hold them.

• Learning to get on with people… and life!

We want all our children to gain skills in understanding each other and
expressing themselves to one another. We want them to look after and
respect each other’s interests and opinions as well as their own, so we teach
them how to build friendships and resolve conflict.

• Learning to be part of our world

We want to build compassionate, intelligent attitudes towards the world
we live in, and those who live in it, especially those who are worse off
than ourselves. We aim to teach children enjoyment of and respect for the
natural environment they live in.

• School and home – we’re partners!

We aim to develop a close, understanding relationship between school and
home, built on mutual respect, with shared responsibility for children’s wellbeing.
We encourage parents and carers to be fully involved in school life and
we aim to consult them on every issue that affects them directly.

• Being secure, happy and safe all the time

We aim to build a safe place for our children so they can be happy and
contented, free from fear whilst with us.
We aim to settle children who join us for the first time quickly and easily,
giving them friends and helpers and working with parents to begin a happy
school life.
We want all children to have a voice to be heard, no matter how they are
feeling or what they need to share.