School ethos

About our School

' Living, Loving and Learning with God.'

Everybody who attends St Mary’s or works here is seen as part of our school family.

The teachers know all the children in the school as individuals and we recognise and reward each child’s successes. Most significantly we work with every child to ensure that they have the opportunities to develop their talents, to grow in self belief and work to use their talents to enrich their own and the lives of others.

Each one of our children is unique and we celebrate that with and for them. This is done in so many ways across the day and week. We pride ourselves on the quality of relationships at St Mary's. 

Each Friday we have a special assembly to celebrate our children’s weekly achievements both inside and outside school. Parents are encouraged to join us at this assembly and at many other occasions throughout the year, such as our music evenings, school plays, theme day assemblies and on holy days when we celebrate Mass. 

We want every child to achieve their best and work hard to ensure that each individual achieves their full potential, both academically and in other areas. Our aim is to provide a well-rounded, broad based and exciting education. Lessons, including the specialist teaching of music and sport, a variety of after-school clubs and visits, provide a wide range of fun and challenging opportunities for learning. Our committed and talented staff have high expectations and place a big emphasis on educational achievement and behaviour.

Governors work in strong co-operation with the teaching staff, and are currently working to re establish a coherent and productive team who can both support and challenge the work of the school in driving school improvement so that every child can achieve their full potential.

The school has worked hard to make the most of the expansive grounds. The PTFA are pro active and have worked closely with staff and governors to provide an outdoor space that supports and enhances quality classroom learning and play.

We very much value the contribution of parents; seeing them as the first educators of the children in our school. At all times parents are welcome to talk to class teachers and senior leaders about their child's learning experience at St Mary's. Formal parents’ meetings are organised every term to keep all parents informed about the progress and targets set for their child and also provide an opportunity for parents to meet and talk to governors. 

Our curriculum aims to be focused and purposeful in giving children the skills they need to succeed as well as exciting and relevant so that children have the opportunity to make links in their  learning and to ensure that they have real life experience to apply their skills. 

We strive to live, love and learn with God by creating a strong sense of shared success and support with  faith at the heart of our learning.  

Visitors to our school describe a calm sense of family and purpose. We believe this is not an accident but comes from our deeply held values. Below are documents that support some of our thinking and actions in working to provide a journey in which every child can flourish and develop the skills to become a change maker.