Ethos, Christian Vision and Values

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The exemplary Christian ethos of acceptance, inclusion and supportive collaboration within a spirit of high expectations and aspiration is transforming the individual lives of pupils, their families and staff so all flourish. Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) January 2020.

The work of our school is underpinned by our Christian Vision and Values, which were agreed by the whole school community. These values are woven through all aspects of school life and are evident in the curriculum, worship and day to day activities of St Mary’s School. 

In the summer and autumn terms of 2019, we reviewed our school’s well established Christian Vision and Values. These have always been a strength of the school and we live them out in all areas of school life. However, through this review, we took the opportunity to work with the pupils, staff, parents/carers and governors to think about these again and to remind ourselves about how we live according to our vision and how our school community and practice is shaped and underpinned by our vision and values in every way.

Our Christian Vision

Through a consultative process we have agreed our school’s Christian Vision which is:

For our children to aspire, believe, belong and achieve, guided by the love of God the Father. This means that love is at the heart of all that we do and is lived out through our Christian values.

 The first letters of these words spell the word ABBA. Importantly for us, this is the Biblical word meaning ‘Father’ and reflects our school’s Christian distinctiveness.

The school’s Christian vision and its integral Christian values are lived out by the whole school family each day. Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) January 2020.

Our Christian Values

We also reviewed our Christian values throughout the autumn term of 2019.  These have been developed to reflect and have meaning for our school community of the 2020s. We live out the Christian vision through these associated values of love, respect, fellowship, faith and hope.

Our vision and values are woven through all that we do within the school. The children talk about these in their lessons and through collective worship and we refer to them throughout the whole of school life and activities. We hope that parents/carers and the whole school community are influenced by these and also experience the way that they allow our learners to flourish.

The school communicates its values well. These ideals underpin school plans and every day practice. Ofsted June 2016.