At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School our vision is to create a school that encourages all to Aspire to Greatness. We aim to support each child in becoming a caring, confident, independent and curious young person with a passion for learning and achieving; making a positive contribution to their community and the wider society.
By working with our families we aim to create an aspirational school community which is ambitious for all pupils, including those who are disadvantaged or pupils with SEND. We thrive in an environment in which everyone is valued and where successes are celebrated. Our curriculum ensures that creativity and problem solving, resilience through a growth mind-set, and well-being and good mental health are the key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning.
Our curriculum builds progressively and ensures pupils are able to make connections between their developing knowledge, their prior learning and their lived experiences.
Our curriculum celebrates diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community. We support the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development within a Catholic context. Our aim is to ensure that children are well educated, responsible, global citizens, who are ready for their next steps in life in modern Britain.
Through quality teaching of knowledge, skills and vocabulary across the core and foundation subjects, all children will be challenged to be inquisitive, compassionate, learners. Effective learning characteristics drive teaching and learning and develop ambitious, imaginative learners.
Our curriculum provides children with memorable experiences, through diverse and rich opportunities from which they can learn and develop a range of transferable skills.
The school’s curriculum is varied and well planned out. To show our belief in the development of the whole child, we have invested in a range of specialist’s teachers to enhance our curriculum. These include drama, textiles, Spanish and music teachers, as well as sporting coaches.
A varied timetable for extra-curricular activities is also offered by the school, with clubs that support the core curriculum offer, as well as those which develop specialist skills, whilst also extending the range of children’s experiences. A primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, engender a sense of personal pride in achievement, and provide a purpose and relevance for learning.
St Mary’s takes pride in providing a highly inclusive environment, where learners demonstrate high levels of enjoyment in their education and most make very good progress in most subjects and areas of learning. Pupils at all levels are helped to achieve their potential through support and challenge in a style that best suits their individual needs.
Class teachers are responsible for planning the curriculum for their class. They use their professional knowledge to make decisions about the most appropriate resources to use and how to differentiate to ensure the very best outcomes for pupils.
Subject and senior leaders are responsible for designing the progression in core knowledge and skills in each year group. Through training, coaching and mentoring, leaders ensure teachers are familiar with curriculum expectations.
Regular assessments both in and across lessons evaluates the progress that pupils make. Teachers use this information to analyse pupil achievement and adapt plans accordingly. Subject leaders evaluate their subject on a termly basis.
Our pupils will possess a confident set of skills, knowledge, norms and Christian values which can be used to get ahead in education and life more generally. In short they will learn more, remember more, enjoy more and develop more academically, spiritually, socially and emotionally. This will enable them to be ready for their next stage in education.
Our pupils make good progress from their starting points. They will demonstrate emotional resilience and the ability to persevere when they encounter challenge.