REQM Silver Award
St Mary's
Church of England (VA) Primary School
Stockers Farm Road
Tel: 01923 776529
Sep 15 15

Ethos and Values

Shree Deb

St. Mary’s is a voluntary aided Church of England school with a nursery located a short distance from the parish church. Children attend from 3½ to 11 years of age. The school has a close relationship with St. Mary’s church and aims to provide the best possible education within the context of a Christian community. A child’s years in primary school are an exciting and challenging time. We seek to provide a caring and supportive environment for each child within the context of a Christian community, offering equal opportunities to all. We encourage children to feel positive about themselves and to become aware of the valuable contribution each has to make to society. The school is a place where conflicts and difficulties are openly discussed, helping them to develop socially, emotionally and academically. We seek to challenge the children so that they reach their full potential.


Ethos statement

Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.

The school aims to service its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.


Ethos group

The Headteacher and the vicar work together with a group of children from across the school to form the ‘Ethos group’, which focuses on working together to ensure that the Christian ethos is established, maintained and continually improved for all staff, children and parents.

Our Ethos Group is made up from the following children:

Year Three: Albert, Leila

Year Four: Sam, Emilia

Year Five: Noah, Sienna  

Year Six: Euan, Gabriella M


Underpinning the distinctive Christian ethos of the school lies a values curriculum which give focus to all aspects of collective worship throughout the school.  A different Christian value is adopted each half-term, and collective worship is then based around this value, linking with appropriate lectionary readings and other biblical references.  St. Mary's encourages the children to continue living out the value and discussing each one of them outside of school.  As a result, for each value, a home-school value sheet is taken home which includes fun activities for the family alongside topics to stimulate discussion and reflection on that value.  The values for 2016/2017 are:

Autumn 1st half:  Generosity

Autumn 2nd half: Compassion

Spring 1st half: Courage

Spring 2nd half: Forgiveness

Summer 1st half: Friendship

Summer 2nd half: Respect


Core Values

In addition to the range of Christian values which are covered throughout the children’s time at St. Mary’s, we have adopted seven core values which are a focus throughout the school.  Each class adopts a core value each year, which becomes a focus for their own collective worship and class assemblies to parents.  The aim is that by the end of their time at St. Mary’s, children have a deep understanding of the seven core values, as well as all other Christian values explored through collective worship.

Nursery/Reception:  Friendship

Year One:  Love

Year Two:  Thankfulness

Year Three:  Trust

Year Four:  Hope

Year Five:  Forgiveness

Year Six:  Compassion 


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