Our school’s Christian foundation prioritises the development of the whole child as a partnership between school and parents. We are all happy and secure in a stimulating learning environment where everyone is inspired to do their very best.
People will leave St Mary’s as motivated, enthusiastic lifelong learners equipped with the independent thinking skills and positive attitudes to continue to achieve their full potential, as confident and responsible members of the wider community.
· A Christian foundation provides a solid rock from which all these values spring:
· Our school belongs to all of us.
· Outstanding teaching and learning is about innovation, interaction, creativity, challenge, fun and high expectations, all of which enable children to achieve high standards.
· The best schools are where everyone is constantly experimenting, learning and developing.
· Children achieve their best when school works in partnership with parents and the whole community.
· All members of our school work as a team based in respect, honesty, fairness and trust.
· Primary education is about the learning and growth of the whole child.
· To learn to their greatest potential children and staff need to be happy and secure.
· School is a place, where difference is valued, a place for all children to achieve excellence.
Our school is a place where:
· Education of the highest quality is provided within the context of Christian belief and practice.
· We foster a sense of ownership of our school, where everyone has a voice and a right to be heard.
· Children have opportunities to take responsibility and grow in confidence and independence.
· Expectations are high.
· Children are involved in the evaluation of their own work and progress and together with the teacher set themselves achievable targets.
· There is a shared understanding of what is right and wrong and a focus on praising others for doing ‘right’.
· We celebrate who we are and what we do.
· People are encouraged to expressing their thoughts and feelings articulately.
· We encourage children to work and think independently and collaboratively, to solve problems and use their initiative.
· Diversity is valued and equality promoted.
· Children and adults learn in a variety of ways, including doing as well as seeing and hearing.
· The curriculum is broad, creative and enriched by a range of experiences.
· The outdoor curriculum forms a key part of our learning opportunities.
· All children are given equal access to the curriculum through planning, teacher expertise and resources in order to fulfil and exceed their potential.
· The teaching environment is stimulating and reflect the school’s values.
· Parents are partners in the education of their children.
· The community is actively encouraged to contribute to the life of the school and the school contributes to the life of the community.