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St Mary's C of E (VA) Primary School

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Christian Distinctiveness

Christian Distinctiveness 

St Mary's Church of England Primary School is a Voluntary Aided Primary School within the Diocese of Chelmsford. We work hard to develop and sustain our school’s Christian Distinctiveness. Our Head teacher and Governing Body have a clear vision of a school with a distinctive Christian character. Our Governing Body is made up of a majority of Foundation (Church) Governors. We work in close partnership with St Mary's Church and its congregation.


We encourage our children to aspire to excellence within a Christian learning environment and we work hard to develop and sustain our school’s Christian distinctiveness which closely follows our school vision which is 'Let your light shine as you grow,' Matthew 5: 15-16. Our Head teacher, Chris Jarmain, and governing body have a clear vision of a school with a distinctive Christian character. Our Governing Body is made up of a majority of Foundation (Church) Governors. We work in close partnership with St. Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden.


Our values:

Our School is founded upon the core values of perseverance, truthfulness, friendship, respect, trust and compassion and time is spent exploring what is distinctively Christian about these particular values. Many other values are explicitly taught throughout the school day such as, forgiveness, courage, gratitude and good manners. We strive for excellent relationships, making our school a happy place to work and learn.



We have daily Collective Worship. The teachers and head teacher lead most collective worships. Half termly, Collective worship is led by children at the school with the help of the Worship Council Lead (Lizzie Allin). St Mary's church also lead collective worship once a week, sharing a range of Bible stories and Christian values with the children. All collective worships include a greeting, reciting the school prayers, a range of hymns and modern worship songs and then a dismissal. A candle is always lit at the start and then extinguished at the end to mark the beginning and end of the worship time.


Celebrations and achievements:

Community Worship takes place both in school and at St Mary's church, Saffron Walden. The children regularly visit St Mary's church where local ministers lead our services (with the help of our pupils) to celebrate major Christian festivals. These include: Harvest Festival, Christmas Nativities, Christmas Carol Service. Easter Service, Ascension Service, Eucharist Service and the Year 6 Leavers' Service. Parents & carers, grandparents, siblings (and other family members), as well as school governors join us on these occasions. The children thoroughly enjoy going into church and see it as an extension of their school.


Children's achievements are celebrated within collective worship on a weekly basis. Certificates are awarded based on the school values and the children are celebrated as 'Shining Lights' - in line with the school vision (Let your light shine as you grow, Matthew 5: 15-16). Each class also presents a termly class assembly, where parents and carers are invited to celebrate in their children's learning and achievements.


Daily worship for 19th January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please find attached the daily worship link for today. From this week onwards we will be sending out two daily worships each week - every Tuesday and Thursday.


The daily worship session for today is approximately 10 minutes long and is themed around 'hope'. Please feel free to play this daily worship session for your children at any point during the day. Whilst our pupils are watching this, our hard-working parents may wish to have a 10 minute break whilst they make themselves a cup of tea or coffee.

We have also created a Daily Worship session on the Christian Distinctiveness section of the school website where we will be putting all of these daily worship sessions.


Daily worship link for Tuesday 19th January:

Our School Prayer

Daily Worship planner for 2020 to 2021

DFE’s Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) - February 2019

SIAMS Inspection report Dec 2013

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