St Mary's C of E Junior Academy

School Visions and Values

Raising aspirations - to give the children the very best learning

and put them at the heart of everything we do.

We aim to provide all children with an education which will develop their full potential, so that each may ultimately lead a rich and satisfying life and contribute warmly to society. Crucially, children will develop to become independent and resilient learners, recognising and overcoming barriers to achieve. 

We aim to create an environment which is purposeful, friendly, creative, and co-operative, where each child’s individual abilities are maximised and where they grow to appreciate the pleasure of learning in its widest sense and to care for others in their school and wider community. We will do this by:-

  1. Providing a rich, diverse and engaging curriculum, relevant to the 21st century
  2. Creating a positive, stimulating and safe learning environment throughout the school
  3. Recognising the unique skills of every individual in the school, and working skilfully to maximise them
  4. Ensuring that children have every opportunity to develop their core skills of reading, writing and mathematics
  5. Insisting upon high expectations of behaviour for all at all times
  6. Actively promoting opportunities for different aged children within the school to work together and to learn from each other
  7. Encouraging children to learn from set-backs and successfully overcome them, whether academic or social
  8. Carefully tracking, discussing and reflecting upon the progress of each individual child throughout their time in school
  9. Welcoming equally all members of our school community, and being open and empathetic with them
  10. Drawing upon the expertise and support of our school community to help our children

British Values

Our promotion of British values in school

The government set out their definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. These new regulations  sit alongside the requirements of the Equalities Act, which also applies to all types of school.

Promoting British values at St Mary's C of E Junior School Academy

We agree with the Department for Education’s five-part definition of British values:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At the school students will encounter these principles throughout everyday school life. In particular, our promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding has been described by Ofsted as being, “constantly and successfully promoted”.

The curriculum is mapped in detail across the whole school. Listed below are some examples of how we promote these values in our school community:

Pupil voice is significant in regards to life at the school. Our elected school council plays a strong role in our school. They are elected by their class peers and are involved in making the school a better place to learn. Pupils have a great amount of input in regards to what and how they learn, which promotes pupil voice. For example, the pupils decide as a class how they would like to learn certain skills in subjects and this is used to inform the teacher’s planning.

Pupil questionnaires and interviews are also conducted throughout the year. We know that the school council and the active participation of our pupils will sow the seeds for an understanding of democracy in the future.

The Rule of Law

Our pupils will encounter rules and laws throughout their entire lives. We want our pupils to understand that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the neighbourhood or the country, they are set for good reasons and must be adhered to.

This understanding of the importance of rules will be consistently reinforced through assemblies and our curriculum. The involvement of our pupils in the creation of the school rules helps them to understand the reasons behind the rules and the consequences if they are broken. We discuss the reasons for laws so that children can recognise the importance of these for their own protection. Throughout the year we welcome visits from members of the wider community as we believe that clear explanations and real life stories emphasise the importance of the rule of law for our pupils.

Individual Liberty

We invest a great deal of time in creating a positive culture in our school, so that children are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged. We offer a range of clubs which pupils have the freedom to choose from, based on their interests. We educate children on their rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting them in recognising how to exercise these freedoms safely. At the school we believe that valuing choice and freedom in daily school life will foster a value for individual liberty as the children prepare for their adult lives.

Mutual respect

Mutual respect is at the core of our school life. Students learn to treat each other and staff with great respect. This is evident when walking around the school and in the classrooms. Our school motto is “Raising Aspirations” and this is seen throughout the various relationships between students and staff.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At the school we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected. At the Academy we strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding. Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life, we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help children to become knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.