Our Aims, Values and Ethos

As a Church of England Voluntary Controlled school we are privileged to have strong and vibrant links with St Mary’s Church and with many others in our locality. The school aims to serve this community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice, in such a way that people of all faiths, or none, are loved, respected and valued.

We are passionate about learning and our ethos strives ‘to support every child to have a happy and active primary education in an environment that is caring and supportive’.

We provide a stimulating and structured environment in which all children are encouraged to reach their full potential. We treat all our pupils as individuals, developing their sense of worth and confidence and nurturing the unique talents of every child.  Within school we foster a love of learning and support each child towards their outcomes. We address the needs of the whole child, in order that our children are healthy, safe, happy and successful.  The Christian Distinctiveness of the school is assessed every 5 years by the diocese, this is known as our SIAMS inspection.  The report from this inspection can be seen in our results and achievement page.

Our school vision that we strive to achieve summarises this as ‘A happy school where every learner will have the support and encouragement they need to enjoy their learning, make good progress, and be successful in achieving to the very best of their ability’.

We aim for every child to:

  • be engaged with their learning, becoming confident and independent learners who strives to achieve their full potential
  • value their uniqueness, feel secure and self-confident ready for the fast changing world ahead
  • be creative, curious, ask questions, persevere and look for explanations
  • take a pride in their work and its presentation as well as the school and its environment
  • be happy, enthusiastic, polite, respectful and considerate
  • be responsible for their own actions, and be self disciplined
  • develop a sense of meaning and purpose in their life through developing moral, spiritual and religious understanding

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To meet these aims our school expects to provide:

  • a curriculum for each child which is exciting, broad and well balanced
  • learning experiences which are challenging, and build upon a child’s existing knowledge, ability and understanding
  • purposeful opportunities for first hand experiences, exploration and involvement
  • physical activities which actively promote the skills and understanding which  lead to a healthy lifestyle
  • a partnership between home and school which is based upon mutual trust, respect, support and acceptance
  • education within a caring community which enjoys the support of the Church, Local Authority, Locality Group of Schools and the wider community of Chidham
  • every child with an equal opportunity regardless of race, sex, origin or disability

 We believe that education is a lifelong process and that a love of learning is vital to the development of each individual.