Thank you for visiting our new school website and I hope that it provides you with the relevant and up-to-date information you need. It is a privilege to be the Headteacher of a school where there is a distinctive Christian ethos which permeates through all aspects of the curriculum and school life.
At St. Mary’s, we have developed a strong philosophy and distinctive approach to teaching and learning in order to prepare our children for their lives ahead in modern Britain. We are aware of the need to personalise our curriculum so that all children can aspire to be the very greatest they can be and nurture and support them in their learning journey. We teach children from the youngest age about becoming successful learners themselves as a skill for life, and base our approach to behaviour for learning and teaching and learning on educational ideas by Carol Dweck, Guy Claxton and Shirley Clarke. Our approach to differentiation with the use of ‘challenges’ ensures that children are not unnecessarily ‘labelled’ in school, leading to a strong culture of high expectations on all children, regardless of background, need or prior attainment. We aspire to instil a love of learning in each and every one of them.
Our warm and inclusive school has much to offer the children, including an outdoor swimming pool so that all children can have swimming lessons each year, a purpose-made library in order that children can share a love of reading and literature, as well as fundamental Christian values which give the children, staff and parents a clear sense of identity and belonging. Our gardening and vegetable area, prayer garden are all aimed at enriching a child’s spiritual, moral, cultural and social experiences.
Our school community reflects the local area of the school, with many children coming from within the local parish or those neighbouring ones. As a Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, we welcome all children and families, including those within the Christian faith, those with different faiths, as well as those of no faith. Our approach to Religious Education and the creation of a distinctive Christian ethos which permeates through all that we do ensures children grow up to be reflective, well-rounded and appreciate individuals, irrespective of their religious background.
The governing body at St. Mary’s have worked tirelessly over recent years to ensure that our school gives the best education it can to the children and families it serves. They challenge the school and leadership team in its strive to become ‘Outstanding. There is a large parent body who work together with the school as the Parent Teacher Association in order to raise additional funds for the school to purchase equipment to enhance the education of all children, such as library books and laptops.
We are very proud of our school and the professional learning community which exists with all staff; we firmly believe in a nurturing and aspirational environment for our colleagues, just as we do with our children, to ensure the highest standards of education.
Your views are important to the school and we welcome these in order to continually improve. I look forward to meeting you in the very near future, and thank you for taking the time to visit our website.
Mr Aaron Wanford
MA, BEd (Hons), NPQH