Our Vision & Values
At St Mary’s CE Combined School, our children experience high-quality learning opportunities where every child is valued and nurtured to achieve their full academic potential. In everything we do, we are inspired by our Christian values of
Love, Hope, Forgiveness, Truth, Compassion and Respect.
These values are underpinned by Jesus' words:
"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
At St Mary’s CE Combined School we aim to be a place where:
Children learn in a happy and safe environment in which they develop their knowledge and understanding, thinking skills, self-confidence, resilience and social and emotional skills.
Children’s desire to learn is nurtured through rich and enjoyable learning experiences.
Children are given the skills to become lifelong learners.
Questions and mistakes are central to learning and everyone is encouraged to develop a range of learning powers.
Children develop an understanding of the Christian faith as well as respect for other faiths and cultures in an environment where differences are celebrated.
Children learn to understand the world in which they live and that by shining as lights in the world they can play a positive role in school, the local community and society in general.
Children, staff, parents and governors have high expectations of each other and themselves. Opportunities are provided for everyone to contribute actively and become involved in the school’s future direction and development.
Our daily Collective Worship helps the children to gain a greater understanding of our school values and how to apply them. Each half term the Worship Leaders chose which value to focus on next. They discuss their reasonings and then vote. The chosen value is then the focus for that term and together with "Shine as Lights in the World", underpins our worship and all aspects of school life.