St Mary and All Saints is a Primary School with a Church of England foundation, and we are proud of the ethos that pervades the school. This can be seen in the value we place on personal relationships, the importance we give to good manners, respect for the opinions and beliefs of others, and celebration of diversity.
Our pupils are expected at all times to do their best and to do themselves, their parents, and their school credit. We keep in very regular contact with parents, and share with them any concerns we may have so that we can work together to ensure children are able to learn and be successful.
This, of course, aligns with both our school Christian values and British values, which we actively promote through our school vision, ethos, agreed rules, curriculum, and teaching. As such, we promote tolerance of, and respect for, people of all faiths (or those with no faith), cultures and lifestyles. We prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain by supporting them through our words, actions, and influence, not just within school, but also within the wider community.
St Mary & All Saints is a family orientated, multicultural and multifaith, Church of England primary school serving a richly diverse community. As such its core Christian values are grounded in its beliefs about children and inspired by the Bible. In particular, the school values have been chosen in the context of our chosen bible verse:
Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” John 10:14
Through these words, at St Mary and All Saints our vision is to seek to value the individual, knowing that everyone in our community really does matter. We nurture strength and talent, offer support in times of need whilst always encouraging one another to grow and flourish, recognising the value of the life we have been given and the opportunity to live it in a full and rich way. We have a strong school ethos where 'Everyone Matters'
Our Vision in Practice
Our Year 3 pupils have been working with our Vicar to examine our new Vision based on the story of the Good Shepherd.
Our school has chosen six Christian values to follow and guide our learning community: trust, respect, love, appreciation, compassion and perseverance. Everything we do at school promotes these values. Our values are visible or in action in the classroom, during collective worship, in the lunch hall, walking around the school, at break time on the playground, on school trips, during school clubs and everywhere we go.
Our aim is for members of our school community to contribute to making our school a loving and caring atmosphere where we all;
earn trust, from our peers and within the school community and beyond and where we trust ourselves,
show respect, towards everyone and everything around us,
demonstrate love, for one another,
express appreciation, giving thanks for everything we have,
are compassionate, striving to offer sympathy in the direction of others,
and always persevere,
meeting challenges with resilience and determination
All members of our school community sign up to our Christian vision and values, which underpin all we do at our school, from forming relationships to academic achievement and school improvement. Our vision and values are evident in the children's attitudes towards their learning and everyone's positive relationships with each other in school.
We also teach our children about British Values. The government defines these as:
- Rule of law.
- Individual liberty.
- Mutual respect.
- Tolerance of those of different faiths.
As a school with a church foundation, we value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all of this is a range of curriculum topics that have strong links to the British Empire. We actively challenge children, staff, and parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British values, including ‘extremist’ views.
As part of The White Horse Federation, we passionately believe that by working together, the children are able to have a higher quality of education, and that as colleagues, we will also benefit from and reap the rewards of a values-based organisation where no one is left behind.