VISION, ETHOS, VALUES AND MOTTO
St Mary’s is a Church of England school which is directed, as all Church of England schools are, to have a Christian ethos. This ethos is demonstrated in the way the School teaches the pupils and interacts with everyone. Our Vision summarises our ultimate aim; our Values are Christian but are taught for all to embrace; our Motto is to be remembered by everyone and used to accompany our school badge, in place of our old Latin one.
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 serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian beliefs 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.
Taken from Instrument of Government
Our theological foundation and rationale is based on Luke 2:52:
‘Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and all people’
St Mary’s vision is to become a community where children develop a life-long love of learning, characterised by educational excellence, supportive relationships and Christian values, which enables every child and adult child to flourish mentally, physically, spiritually and socially and fulfil their God-given potential, in a welcoming, safe and inclusive Christian environment.
At St Mary’s, Christian values are at the heart of our school’s vision. Through our faith in God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we ensure that our values embrace the whole school community and have a commitment to every child achieving their God-given potential, regardless of ability, age, gender, faith, language, race or culture.
When we face challenging situations, we show perseverance and patience, and the resilience and courage to achieve our goals.
We use all our gifts to serve others generously in love, humility and respect, trying to become servant leaders like Jesus.
We marvel at creation and the diversity within it and we work together to make this world a better place, treating each person as a unique individual and caring for and honouring the whole of creation.
We are resilient and steadfast in our school and in the world, believing and working for a world of peace, justice and unity.
We care for those who share our school and those less fortunate in the world, showing empathy, love and kindness.
We live lives full of gratitude for all that we have and all that others have done for us, and show this through our words and deeds.
Learning together in God’s love.