Through nurturing trust and strong relationships, our learning adventure will see each and every one of us thrive in God’s love.
We believe that even with God’s love we can sometimes experience challenges. Just like our patron saints, Mary and Peter, they experienced difficult times in their life that took strength and perseverance to overcome. At our school, we value this challenge and encourage children to experience it, knowing that together with our support and love, they will experience a successful outcome be it in an academic subject or through social experiences. We are all exploring our own talents and each day we ‘Set Sail for Success’
We have 4 core values that we embody in all that we do:
Believe, Love, Respect and Trust. With Christ at the centre of all we do we Believe and Trust in Him to help us to show Love and Respect to all.
As a Catholic foundation, St Mary and St Peter’s school is underpinned by Christian values, and is committed to the values outlined in the Declaration of Universal Human Rights. These values encompass the four areas which have recently been identified as fundamental British values.
Children are offered choices and have many opportunities to make decisions from the earliest age. Throughout the school, their views are actively sought both in formal ways, for example through surveys, and more informally through a continual dialogue about their learning. An elected School Council provides a forum for democratic discussion and responsible group action. Through example and through their curriculum studies, children learn that good governance is about service, not the exercise of power. They also develop a sense of pride in who they are, and how they can contribute to the common good of the nation.
Rule of Law
The school is an orderly community which is regulated by consent. Children help to create class and school rules and develop a strong sense of fairness, justice and commitment to the common good. Expectations are clear, and there are effective procedures for tackling behaviour and attitudes which are contrary to the school’s moral code. Children are helped to distinguish right from wrong, and to understand the importance of honesty, compassion, forgiveness and reparation.
Each child is cherished as an individual, with equality before God. There is strong support for children in developing their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. Drama, role-play and philosophy discussions are used to encourage children to articulate and develop their own framework of opinions, beliefs and understandings. Originality and creativity are encouraged, both in class and through school events such as talent shows. The school has effective procedures for ensuring inclusiveness and combating bullying.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance
A wide range of ethnic, cultural and religious groups are represented in the school population, and their diversity is celebrated as a microcosm of British society as a whole. Children gain practical experience of working and playing with those from different backgrounds, and tolerance and mutual respect are firmly embedded in all aspects of school life. Children learn about other religions in a spirit of appreciation, and gain a sense of empathy for viewpoints and perspectives which are different from their own. Mutual respect and tolerance are recurring themes in weekly assemblies and in their follow-up class sessions.