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

Aspiring for Excellence

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Statement of our Vision, Values and Ethos

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The school’s Vision and Values

St Mary's Church of England Primary School is a Voluntary Aided Primary School within the Diocese of Chelmsford. We encourage our children to aspire to excellence within a Christian learning environment. Our vision and values centre upon: ‘Let your light shine as you grow’ Matthew 5:15-16


Our Ethos

St Mary’s is an inclusive, supportive and friendly school

• We encourage children to aspire to excellence within a Christian learning environment and to achieve high standards within the context of a rich and varied curriculum   

 • We value the contribution that every individual makes to the school

 • We provide a firm foundation that will equip children for the opportunities and challenges of the modern world


Our Aims

• To educate children to the highest possible standards, by providing a curriculum which fosters their imaginative and creative potential

 • To help children to have a positive self image which enables them to make good choices, to communicate confidently and show consideration for others at all times

 • To encourage growth mindset which is guided by the idea that we can impact the development of our children’s abilities. When we exhibit this mindset, we allow our children to understand that they can learn through hard work

 • To stimulate children’s desire for learning both as individuals and as part of a team

 • To encourage initiative and independent thought, enabling children to engage positively in investigative work and collaborative activities

 • To encourage all individuals to celebrate their own and other cultures

 • To enable all children to have access to the opportunities provided by the school

 • To encourage personal and professional development for all staff whilst maintaining a work-life balance

 • To develop parent partnerships, to encourage a sense of community and to facilitate community use of the school premises


Our wider vision as a school is to ‘Aspire for Excellence within a Christian Learning Environment’ and we live this ethos within the school each and every day. Our wonderful children are accepting of others, adopt our values of care, respect and self-control and enjoy being active members of the school and wider community. The dedicated staff and governors appreciate that everyone is an individual and we work hard to create an environment where all children are nurtured, not only in their academic life, but also in their personal, social and emotional development. We encourage our children to make good choices, to communicate confidently and show consideration for others at all times.


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