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Ethos & Values

St. Mary's Church of England Primary School, part of The Good Shepherd Trust, provides education based on the principles and practices of the Church of England. Christian values underpin all aspects of the school.

Combining a contemporary education with old fashion values, we aim to nurture and maximise the full learning potential of each child, and foster their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development. With our over-arching values: wisdom, hope, community and respect, 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 friendships;
  • 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; 

The classrooms reflect an atmosphere, where children, are purposefully engaged in learning which promotes excellence, enjoyment, perseverance, self discipline and independence.

The requirements of the National Curriculum are delivered through a broad and balanced and relevant approach based on first hand experience, which challenges and motivates each individual.

We are committed to providing an education which offers equality of opportunity and is free from discrimination on grounds of race, sex, class or disability.



As a Church School the Christian faith lies at the heart of our ethos and underpins the way we work and live together as a community. Learning to take care of ourselves and others and to be tolerant and forgiving are important lessons that stand the children in good stead and prepare them for successful relationships in future.

We are fortunate to have strong links with all the local churches and particularly with St Mary’s Parish Church, where we attend and participate in services every term. Local clergy visit the school every week to lead collective worship. Although, as a church school, RE and collective worship are intrinsic parts of our teaching and learning policy, parents are legally permitted to withdraw their children from these activities and supervision is provided.

The school aims to provide a happy, safe and secure environment where all members of the community are treated with respect. We encourage good manners and responsible behaviour, and foster a positive attitude to learning by commending positive behaviour, effort and achievement through our consistent system of rewards.

The children are encouraged to have a voice in school planning and we have a school council and worship team with representatives from every class who meet regularly to give their ideas on planned improvements and to help find ways of making school life even better.

The lunch time break is an integral part of the school day. We encourage all children to have school meals. Some special diets can be provided for upon request. The provision at lunchtime is carefully managed and linked to our PSHE policy.