Our Purpose, Values and Aims at St Mary's School
Our Purpose and Values
St Mary’s is a voluntary aided Catholic, one form entry, school in the Diocese of Brentwood.
At St Mary’s we aim to provide a framework within which our children can hear and respond to the Gospel of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Gospel values are reflected in the daily life of the school in all we do and say. We encourage our children to develop a relationship with God, to live and respond to the needs of others and to come to an understanding of the uniqueness of themselves.
The characteristic spirit of the school is one of love, trust and peaceful collaboration. The creation of such an ethos is the responsibility of all those involved within the school – pupils, staff, parents, governors and the parish community. Every child is unique and our ethos aims to cherish, nurture and encourage each child to develop to his or her full potential.
Our religious education programme is based on the ‘Come and See’ Scheme as recommended by the Bishops Conference for Catholic Primary schools. Prayer and worship are at the heart of our school days. We pray three times a day – morning, lunchtime and evening prayers. Monsignor Christopher Brooks, our school chaplain, regularly visits the school offering whole school services, class Masses in the church shared with the whole parish community and prayer services. The school gathers as a whole school community every Monday morning and Friday morning to reflect on a theme that is based on the teachings of Christ. Parents are warmly invited to our Friday morning assemblies (9.05 am) which are often led by an individual class.
St Mary’s values the individuality of all our children. We are committed to giving all our pupils every opportunity to achieve the highest standards and to developing as a whole child. The staff treat each other and the children with respect and in return we expect the children to be respectful and well mannered to others. In caring for the children we actively cultivate in them a sharing attitude towards others. Within this ethos of achievement, we do not tolerate bullying or harassment of any kind. We can assure pupils, staff and parents that St Mary’s school promotes and encourages the individuality of all respecting ethnicity, attainment, age, gender, disability or background. It is our aim to reflect the diverse nature of our society and to ensure that the education we provide fosters positive attitudes towards all people.
- To inform and support each child on their journey of faith through an outstanding religious education.
- To accompany each child on that journey and provide opportunities for appropriate catechises.
- To develop the full potential of each child – spiritual, emotional, moral, academic and physical.
- To provide equality of opportunity for access to a broad and balanced education within the framework of the Early Years Foundation
- Stage and National Curriculum.
- To develop the full potential of pupils of all ability levels.
- To prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life in a diverse society.
- To equip each child with the basic skills for work and life.