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St. Mary's Church of England Primary School provides education based on the principles and practices of the Church of England. Christian values lie at the heart of our 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;

Therefore, this school:

(a) is opposed to all forms of discrimination that seek to disadvantage persons on the grounds of colour, culture or ethnic origin;

(b) will continue to re-appraise and develop its organisation and curriculum in order to create an ethos that meets the needs of all its pupils and so provide the best possible environment in which they may achieve their full potential, spiritually, morally, socially, intellectually, emotionally, and physically;

(c) will not tolerate racist behaviour such as name calling, stereotyping of all ethnic groups, insulting remarks, offensive graffiti, undue pressure on individuals and bullying. It will not use literature that is racially biased and dependent upon stereotypes, nor will it allow the distribution of racist literature or pamphlets or permit the wearing of racially offensive symbols;

(d) will take immediate and positive action against any discriminatory offences whoever may be the perpetrator. Those responsible will be made aware of the school's opposition to racism and reasons will be given. Sanctions will be applied as judged appropriate according to the circumstances and having in mind a positive outcome;

(e) will keep these equality policies under review and maintain a system of monitoring their effectiveness. This critical openness should in fact arise from the place of the church school within the living Christian community which itself should be critically open in response to the message of the Gospel.

(f) is committed to providing a fully accessible environment which values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs.

(g) is further committed to challenging attitudes about disability and accessibility and developing a culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion.

(h) is constantly looking at ways to enhance and develop its access plan.