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  'Broadening horizons with love, laughter and learning'

 

 

Welcome to St Mary Magdalene C of E Primary School

 

St Mary Magdalene C of E Primary School is an outstanding primary academy within the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Multi Academy Trust.

 

The Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Multi Academy Trust is committed to securing excellence in its academies by supporting them as they develop an ethos and culture based on Christian values and principles. 

 

At St Mary’s we strive to foster a sense of curiosity and excitement about the world we live in where we experience the love of God.

 

You are visiting us at an exciting time in our long and proud history. Our journeying together through faith began in 1669. It continues today with our commitment to be the best we can be, by combining the best of teaching, learning, research and outstanding practice from across the world.

 

We trust that you will enjoy learning about life at St Mary’s.

 

If you would like to become more involved in the life of the school or have any suggestions or questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

Southwell and Nottingham Multi Academy Trust

Jubilee House

Westgate

Southwell

Notts

NG25 0JH

 

 

Our School Vision, Aims and Mission Statement

 

 

At St Mary Magdalene C of E Primary School we aspire to cultivate the gifts and talents of every child and equip them with the wisdom, knowledge and skills to live life in all its fullness: its joys and celebrations, its sorrows and struggles.

 

Educating for wisdom and aspiration: broadening horizons

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

 

At St Mary’s the worth of each child impels us to work to fulfil their God-given potential, whatever the religion or other tradition with which their family identify, and with special consideration given to those who are disadvantaged. Therefore, we aim to:

 

  • Explore the Christian faith through ‘Understanding Christianity’ and Collective Worship
  • Foster deep respect for other faiths and traditions through study of others’ beliefs
  • Develop the curriculum to extend the needs and fascinations of our children
  • Build curiosity and excitement about the world we live in through rich first-hand experiences and visits
  • Nurture the aspirations and hopes of our children so they can achieve highly
  • Cultivate children’s wider interests through high quality extra-curricular opportunities
  • Ensure that all children make good or better progress in English and Maths
  • Facilitate high quality training for staff to equip them with the skills to ensure that our children flourish.

 

Linked Christian Values: hope, thankfulness

 

Educating with the help of the community: laughter

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9)

 

The belief that we are created and sustained by God for living in families is at the root of our dedication to working with our community. We seek to model to children an ethos of living well together: the flourishing of pupils goes hand in hand with the flourishing of staff, parents, governors and friends of the school. Therefore we aim to:

 

  • Work in partnership with St Mary Magdalene Parish Church to encourage everybody to make their own unique contribution to support others
  • Build strong, positive and supportive relationships between pupils, staff, parents, governors and the community
  • Develop children’s collaboration skills
  • Work closely with parents and families to ensure that children are safe and flourish through their school years
  • Ensure that children have a strong voice in every aspect of school life

 

Linked Christian Values: fellowship, friendship

 

Educating through dignity and respect: love

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28)

 

Jesus embodies the love and compassion of God for each person, and Christians are called to follow him in this, and to join with others in demonstrating it. He paid special attention to the disadvantaged, excluded, despised and feared. Therefore, we aim to:

  • Provide a safe setting in which to learn, where children, parents, governors and staff know that they are valued
  • Create an open and honest environment where both children and staff are encouraged to take risks, make mistakes and learn from them
  • Work to prevent bullying of any kind to ensure that all children experience joy at school
  • Afford special provision to ensure equity for children with disabilities or special educational needs
  • Recognise that mistakes are part of human experience, therefore we will have a robust approach to dealing with situations when things go wrong.

 

Linked Christian Values: love, forgiveness

A statement from the Governors 

 

The Governors and staff at St. Mary's understand and appreciate the special position that is held by the school in terms of its relationship with the parish church of St Mary Magdalene.

 

The school exists as an integral part of the teaching of the whole church and, as such, carries a responsibility to ensure that all of its activities are based upon the teachings of the Christian faith contained within the Gospels.

 

Above all else the school looks towards the development of excellence in the individual child in all aspects of his/her life, academically, spiritually, morally, and socially.

 

In order that the school may work towards the achievement of excellence both the staff and the governors have agreed the following aims.

 

To do the best for the children within its care, within a Christian atmosphere and environment and to develop in its pupils a knowledge and understanding of the worship, teaching and practice of the Church of England.

 

To offer a broad and balanced curriculum which should develop progressively and be appropriate to individual needs, taking into account the guidelines of the National Curriculum.

 

To encourage children to develop open and enquiring minds, through the acquisition of the necessary skills, concepts and knowledge for life.

 

To help pupils know themselves, to assess their own values and their relationships with others and to develop personal motivation and self discipline.

 

To create a caring atmosphere in which all members have respect for human diversity regardless of race, gender, religion or other personal circumstances.

 

To establish a sound, friendly and professional relationship between home and school, emphasising that all staff, parents and governors are engaged in a co-operative undertaking.

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