St Mary's CE Primary School

A Caring, Christian, Community, Committed to Achievement

Ethos and Values


St Mary’s CE VA Primary School aims to be:

“A Caring, Christian, Community Committed To Achievement.” 

We aim for all our children to ….

  • have a sensitive, considerate and respectful attitude towards others
  • understand and appreciate Christian values
  • be proud of their school and their achievements
  • be able to work co-operatively, collaboratively and independently
  • be enthusiastic learners and confident in applying their skills
  • develop an enquiry based approach, to become lifelong learners
  • have essential skills in literacy, numeracy and information technology
  • achieve the highest standards of which they are capable
  • extend themselves in mind, body and spirit


To achieve these aims for our children we will ….

  • give clear, challenging but achievable objectives that are shared with the child
  • complete careful planning which includes continuity, progression and differentiation, using assessment to target learning needs
  • provide a stimulating, organised, learning environment with appropriate resources
  • give clear instructions; provide achievable tasks, with perceptive teaching and supportive guidance
  • ensure all areas of the curriculum are covered for all pupils and provide a variety of activities to challenge and extend learning
  • plan opportunities for children to ask questions, teach strategies and provide resources for them to find answers
  • use a range of teaching approaches and plan for different learning styles
  • involve parents and carers in school life
  • promote the development and use of the children’s self evaluation skills
  • give praise and recognition for effort, achievement or talent
  • give clear guidelines on acceptable and unacceptable behaviour through the behaviour policy and encourage children to take responsibility for their actions
  • encourage children to take an active and responsible part in decision-making
  • set a good example in the way we behave towards others and give children opportunities to explore Christian values and develop their spirituality
  • work together collaboratively as a community and strive for continuous improvement in all we do