Our Christian Ethos, Vision and Values

Our Inspirational Bible Text

Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and all people. – Luke 2:52

Introduction

St Mary’s is a Church of England school and is therefore required to have a clear Christian ethos.

This ethos is demonstrated in the way the school teaches the pupils and how we interact with each other in the school community. It also permeates our provision in all areas, while remaining inclusive of all our children and families.

Our Vision summarises the ultimate aims we have for our children, while our Christian values serves as a way children and adults can put our vision in action. The curriculum Big Ideas are designed to ensure that we embed our visions and values through the curriculum we teach.

Our Christian Ethos

Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian beliefs and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.
Taken from Instrument of Government

Vision

Our Vision flows from the inspirational Bible text and consist of four pillars:

Pillar 1 Pillar 2 Pillar 3 Pillar 4
Deliver educational excellence and foster life-long love of learning. Build strong personal and community relationship through Christian values. Help children and adults flourish and fulfill their God given potential. Provide a welcoming, safe and inclusive Christian environment.

Values

At St Mary’s, Christian values are at the heart of our school’s vision. Through our faith in God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we ensure that our values embrace the whole school community and have a commitment to every child achieving their God-given potential, regardless of ability, age, gender, faith, language, race or culture.

Endurance

When we face challenging situations, we show perseverance and patience, and the resilience and courage to achieve our goals. Click on the link for the Christian basis for the endurance value.

Service

We use all our gifts to serve others generously in love, humility and respect, trying to become servant leaders like Jesus. Click on the link for the Christian basis for the service value.

Reverence

We marvel at creation and the diversity within it and we work together to make this world a better place, treating each person as a unique individual and caring for and honoring the whole of creation. Click on the link for the Christian basis for the reverence value.

Hope

We are resilient and steadfast in our school and in the world, believing and working for a world of peace, justice and unity. Click on the link for the Christian basis for the hope value.

Compassion

We care for those who share our school and those less fortunate in the world, showing empathy, love and kindness. Click on the link for the Christian basis for the compassion value.

Thankfulness

We live lives full of gratitude for all that we have and all that others have done for us, and show this through our words and deeds. Click on the link for the Christian basis for the thankfulness value.

Our Curriculum ‘Big Ideas’

Each unit of work in our curriculum is linked to a Big Idea which helps us to embed our Values and Vision in our learning from the National Curriculum. These are as follows:

Vision and Strategic Objectives