A group of children, staff and Governors worked together to develop the vision by which we can all live at St Mary’s. Taking inspiration from the fact that the famous fifth Astronomer Royal, Nevil Maskelyne (1732 –1811), is buried at St Mary’s Church, we felt our ethos could build on an astronomical analogy. This was supported by verses from Daniel 12:3, "Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever" and Genesis 26:4, "Your descendants will become as numerous as the stars of the sky, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed." We brought these elements together in our 'shining brightly' ethos:
‘Faith in Everyone to Shine Brightly’
We feel this phrase encompasses our strong belief that everyone at St Mary’s has the capacity to shine brightly in all they do. All St Mary’s children are stars who can shine through their talents, attitude and efforts.
We use our ‘shining brightly’ ethos and the ‘stars and space’ analogy across the school to inspire everyone.
We have British Values flowing through our school, in the curriculum, behaviour policies and worship themes. Primarily these teach and reflect the values of:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs