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School Ethos & British Values

St Mary's Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School provides education based on the principles and practices of the Church of England. Christian values underpin all aspects of the school.


Within St Mary’s we aim to nurture and maximise the full learning potential of each child, and foster their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development.


We aim to:

  • create a happy and caring environment;
  • help children to learn that courtesy, good manners and consideration for others are very important qualities;
  • encourage children to be self-disciplined, independent and industrious, to take pride in their achievements, and to be generous in their friendship;
  • promote good relationships between pupils and adults;
  • treat each child as an individual regardless of gender, nationality, religion or ability, and provide teaching appropriate to his/her need;
  • have high but realistic expectations of each child;
  • work together closely as a team to provide a quality learning environment for our children;
  • prepare our pupils for the responsibility and experiences of adult life to enable them to develop as well rounded members of society.

British Values

In accordance with The Department for Education, we aim to actively promote British values at St Mary's to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.


The Key Values are:


  • democracy

  • rule of law

  • individual liberty

  • mutual respect

  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs