Community

St Mary’s school helps all learners to become members of a cohesive community to fit them for life in our modern community with its rich diversity of backgrounds, origins, beliefs and cultures. We seek to develop awareness, understanding and respect the values and practices of all. We help all to belong and to feel equally valued as members of our school and as citizens and residents of this country and the wider world.

Aims:

  • To ensure that there is a common vision and sense of belonging by all as a part of our school and local community.
  • To promote a positive and healthy self image for every child.
  • To foster a sensitive, informed attitude amongst our pupils, creating a caring atmosphere in which diversity and commonality of cultural beliefs, traditions and values are explored.
  • To help all learn about our nation’s history, culture, traditions and its developing and changing nature.
  • To help all develop an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen of the United Kingdom.
  • To ensure that strong and positive relationships exist and continue to be developed in schools and in its wider community.

 

The school achieves these aims by developing its teaching, learning and curriculum to help all children to learn to understand the uniqueness of others, to value diversity whilst also promoting shared values, We constantly monitor and work to eliminate variations in outcomes for different groups. We provide opportunities for our children to interact with people from different backgrounds and build positive relations, including links with different schools and communities. Through our work and partnerships we promote community and equip our children to make a positive contribution, to care for and contribute to the community and gain an international perspective of their world. We believe our work with and in the community makes a key contribution to the school’s positive ethos.