“The headteacher and staff have built a harmonious learning community, where pupils are very safe and secure, love learning and behave well.” Ofsted September 2017
“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
We believe that everyone is precious and loved by God.
We aspire to let our light shine in all we do.
We nurture and empower one another to flourish.
Together we shine in our world by showing compassion and by serving others.
Let God’s light shine through us.
St Mary’s is a small, caring Church of England Primary School. It is committed to supporting our pupils to be happy, successful and fulfilled throughout their lives. We believe that everyone is precious and loved by God. We aspire to be a high achieving school that provides an excellent education:
promoting the high standards of teaching and learning
being inclusive, celebrating diversity and valuing all religions, faiths, cultures and backgrounds
providing a rich and stimulating curriculum that will inspire and challenge
being a happy, healthy and safe school
providing excellent care, guidance and support with a strong partnership between school, parents and the community.
We seek to promote six Christian values of wisdom, hope, peace, compassion, love and thankfulness, each linked by our school vision and bible verse. We believe these help to prepare our children to show the “St Mary’ Way” and to live a successful and fulfilling life being:
considerate and respectful with excellent manners
confident, happy, independent and self-motivated
co-operative and collaborative
honest and trustworthy
resilient, hardworking and determined
highly principled with moral, spiritual, cultural and social awareness, including shared British Values.
Let There Be Light
The first line of our school vision is ‘We believe that everyone is precious and loved by God’, we have worked as a whole school for children to experience understanding God’s Love. Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, retells the Creation story, accompanied by striking illustrations from Nancy Tillman. This wonderful story sparked the start of a whole school art project with The Little Angel Theatre. This short film ends with key words from the story ‘You are loved.’
During 2019, the Creative Learning team from Little Angel Theatre worked with the children to create Puppet Power! This project was designed to explore how puppetry can be used to support different areas of the curriculum and unite children, teachers and parents. St Mary’s pupils have learnt puppet making, writing and performance skills, culminating in this short film. This retelling of the biblical story of creation vividly portrays the wonder and beauty of God’s creation on each of the seven days.
‘In the very beginning, God’s love bubbled over when there was nothing else–no trees, no birds, no animals, no sky, no sea–only darkness.’ We hope you enjoy our short film.