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 are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens," and Genesis 26:4, "I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars of the sky ...and all the nations of the earth will be blessed."
These verses underpin our ethos that everyone in our school community is able to ‘shine brightly’ in all aspects of life, at school and beyond:
‘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.
Brighten us with your grace and love.
Help us to make the most of our opportunities.
Bring peace and joy to those near and far,
And teach us to shine brightly.
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