St. Mary’s is a voluntary aided Church of England school located a short distance from the parish church. Children attend from 4 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.
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.
The RE Leader 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.
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. The children themselves decided which values they felt were the most important.
Autumn One: Friendship
Autumn Two: Hope
Spring One: Compassion
Spring Two: Love
Summer One: Forgiveness/Trust
Summer Two: Thankfulness