St Mary's offers every child a broad and balanced curriculum. Both creativity and sport are high on our priorities. We believe that all children perform better when they are offered a wide range of exciting learning opportunities. We are also continually developing a 'community of enquiry' approach. This allows children the opportunity to discuss questions about life in a respectful and open environment.
The teachings of our faith go through everything we do. We look for the awe and wonder in life, at how God's diverse and fascinating creation should be respected and valued and how we, as human beings, have responsibility for both ourselves and the lives of others.
Our curriculum prepares the children well for the next phase of their education. We believe it is our moral imperative to ensure that every child in our school has the best life chances.
British Values...Gospel Values!
In 2013 the Department for Education said: "Keeping our children safe and ensuring our schools prepare them for life in modern Britain could not be more important. This change is an important step towards ensuring we have a strong legal basis for intervening in schools where this is an issue." "The vast majority of schools already promote British values. This is about making sure we have the tools we need to intervene if children are being let down."
Schools are required to actively promote and not undermine 'British Values. The Government has set out its definition of British Values as:
As a Catholic school, we actively promote values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils' character and moral perspective, through the teachings of the Church. We are confident that our continued focus on the Gospel values will give our pupils the necessary awareness of what it means to be a good citizen in Britain today and embed in them the building blocks of a future successful and productive life.
Through our curriculum, along with promoting the Common Good, we are able to make real links between the values of our pupils and the lives of others in their community, country and the world in general. We teach about democracy, civic responsibility, rules and laws, the monarchy, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness and understanding of other faiths.
Through our mission statement and values we live out our "British Values".
Through the study of foreign language learning, pupils gain insight into another culture and begin to understand that communication with others through language is a life enriching experience. Pupils explore the similarities and differences between languages. Their listening, reading, speaking and memory skills improve. Developing these areas of learning lay the foundations for future studying of other languages. KS2 classes receive weekly French lessons and all staff and children are involved in promoting French through song, greetings and daily activities. The children mark European Languages Day in September by working with their class teacher exploring other cultures and languages in Europe and by celebrating the diverse world in which we live. St Mary's is currently working towards the Bronze Linguamarque and liaising with Schools Choice to enable this.