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Our Vision, Values & Aims


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 address the needs and extend the fascinations of all 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