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Ethos, Values and Organisation

Our Mission
Our Aims
School Organisation
Our Pupils
Our Staff
High Standard Of Pastoral Care
Pupil Behaviour and Presentation
Teaching and Promoting British Values

Our Mission

LOVE GOD, LOVE LEARNING, LOVE ST. MARY’S

At St. Mary’s we all aim to build a community based on the love of God and each other where we recognise that all children are precious and unique. We celebrate the special talents that each person brings to our school and work in partnership with home, parish and the wider community to help the children grow in the Catholic faith. We provide a happy, secure learning environment and a rich curriculum through which we encourage all our children to fulfil their God–given potential.


Our Aims 

  • To develop the whole child and encourage in them a love of God and of each other to help them to live and grow in the Catholic faith.
  • To recognise that all children are unique and precious so we strive to meet their individual needs and develop their gifts and talents to enable them to reach their potential.
  • To offer a broad, balanced, relevant curriculum in line with the national curriculum enriched by a wide range of positive learning experiences.
  • To work in partnership with parents and families to bring out the highest standard possible in each child.
  • To continually strengthen relations between home, school, parish and the wider community.
  • To provide a happy, safe, secure learning environment where children are inspired with a love of learning and a determination to achieve to the best of their ability.
  • To make St. Mary’s a place of enjoyment where individual and team effort are valued and success is celebrated

School Organisation

We aim to organise all school’s resources to benefit the children.

Class organisation is reviewed annually. At present, children of the same age are taught most subjects together. The children are taught the curriculum by a variety of methods; teaching the children individually, in groups, in ability groups and as a whole class.

For practical considerations a timetable is drawn up for the use of shared facilities. Classes are timetabled for two hours of Physical Education. Children use the ICT suite or School Laptops once per week as a minimum entitlement. Teachers ‘book’ extra sessions as required.

Children are offered specialist teaching in Physical Education, Art and instrumental tuition in music.


Our Pupils

Our pupils are our greatest asset

We are very proud of out pupils and their achievements. Our mission statement emphasizes the individuality of each child. We help them to grow in their faith in a supportive Catholic environment. Through carefully planned lessons, daily prayer, Mass and reflection and practical learning experiences we help them to prepare for transition to high school as confident, responsible and caring young people.

See our Outstanding Learners showcase, where we feature examples of outstanding work from our pupils and find out about our Pupil Chaplaincy here


Our Staff

The staff are our greatest resource

We have an experienced, talented and dedicated staff at St. Mary’s who work together to support the school’s Catholic ethos and ensure that each pupil reaches his or her potential.

Our excellent standards reflect the children’s positive attitudes to learning, consistent good teaching and the high level of pastoral support we provide. All of which are strengths of the school. The combined strength of our staff ensures that the ethos and values in our mission statement provide all pupils with high quality teaching and learning within a supportive environment.

Visit the Staff page, for a full list of current staff and you can also find the latest Staff and Governance news here.


High Standards of Pastoral Care

We are proud to provide a positive and caring environment for our pupils where they can achieve, feel safe and be happy. The school’s inspection report stated the following:

“Relationships are positive between teachers and pupils and between pupils and they say they feel happy and safe. Parents and carers agree that their children enjoy coming to school.”
“Pupils’ behaviour is good in lessons and around school and they cooperate well together.”
“Close links exist with pre school settings and the local secondary school, and pupils are well supported through periods when they transfer into and out of this school.”
“The school cares for its pupils well and effective procedures are in place to support pupils’ development and well-being and to ensure their excellent attendance.”
“Pupils are aware of anti bullying initiatives and say bullying is rare. They feel safe in school and know that any concerns will be resolved by adults.”

Pupil Behaviour and Presentation

At St. Mary’s School, we take pride in the high standards of behaviour shown by our pupils.

We understand that this can only be achieved in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect. Our success depends on the close working partnership and commitment of parents, pupils, staff and governors.

Parents are encouraged to become fully involved in the education of their child. The Home School Agreement symbolises our approach to parent and school working together for the benefit of the child.

Our staff team works to ensure that any problems are dealt with swiftly and efficiently. If it is necessary, we will inform you as parents or carers and seek your support. All our pupils wear full school uniform. High standards of dress reinforce our values of self respect and pride in being a pupil of St. Mary’s School.


Teaching and Promoting British Values at St. Marys

Please find our British Values policy on the school policies page.