Vision & Values
Our school vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.
Vision and Values
We are a Church of England primary school with a strong distinctive Christian ethos. Our vision for the school is:
'Excellence with Compassion'
Our vision is based upon Jesus’ commandment in Mark 12:31:
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. And love your neighbour as yourself.’ (Mark 12:30-31)
As a Church school, we believe every child is made in the image of God, and therefore we want the very best for them. That means achieving the highest possible academic standards, but also means that we value the whole child – mind, body and spirit – and seek to create a culture of love, respect, wellbeing and safety for everyone in our community.
As a result, we aim to value ourselves as special and unique, value each other and treat each other with kindness, respect and grace, and value families and communities as the places where love can flourish.
At St Mary’s we welcome everyone to be part of our school community; as well as a number of Christian families, many of our children are Muslim or from other faith backgrounds. This is a real strength of our school, and part of what makes our school community such a wonderful place.
We have 6 core values, rooted in our Christian faith, which have been chosen by the pupils, parents, staff and Governors of our school:
RESPECT | HONESTY | FORGIVENESS
FEELING SAFE | LOVE | CURIOSITY
Each value is connected to a verse from the Bible, showing the theological basis underpinning them: