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St Mary's Teaching Philosophy

St Mary's endeavours to respect the uniqueness and needs of the individual children, teachers and all other people who have an involvement in the school community. To achieve this aim the school will design and develop school Policies to meet individual needs and assess and identify these needs in the light of the child's ability, talents and past experience, allowing for their spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth.


We want to encourage and develop abilities and talents so that each child leaves the school with a positive self-image and a sense of personal achievement. We aim to set a high standard for the children and encourage a sense of pride and respect in all that they do. 


Special Educational Needs


We regard all our children to be a unique gift from God. The school's policy is to integrate all pupils as far as possible to enable them to gain maximum experiences throughout school life.


Some children may have learning, physical, emotional and behavioural difficulties at some time in their education. We identify these children as early as possible. If we have concerns about your child we will inform you immediately, discuss their difficulties with you and inform you of strategies we intend to put in place. For full details of our Special Educational Needs teaching philosophy, please refer to our School Prospectus.


You would be very welcome to read our school Special Needs & Disability Policy and our SEND Information Report and to discuss any aspects of these documents with the Headteacher or the Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo), Mrs A Kemp. Please come to see her if you have any concerns.


Able, Gifted and Talented


At St Mary's we aim to nurture all children's gifts and talents wherever possible. If we feel that a child is particularly able or talented in any area we undertake to tell you. Please tell us if your child is particularly able in any subject area or has a special talent that we might not be aware of.


We encourage children to flourish by using differentiated work, individual or small group support, etc. By offering a wide range of extra-curricula activities, we give children a chance to 'shine' in many areas. Each week we hold an assembly where children are rewarded for all areas of the curriculum, and where we can celebrate achievements in all aspects of life including achievements outside of school. It is the ideal of the school that all children are taught in order to enable them to use their talents to the full.


We aim to provide as wide a range of activities as possible to identify and provide for all children's abilities, gifts or talents within the constraints of the school environment.


Please refer to our School Prospectus for full details of our Gifted and Talented teaching philosophy. The teacher responsible for Able, Gifted and Talented at St. Mary's is Mrs Tyrrell.


Equal Opportunities/Disability & Gender Equality


St Mary's has an Equality Statement, Disability Equality Scheme and a Gender Equality Scheme that support equal opportunities for pupils, staff, parents and visitors to the school. Our Equal Opportunities/Disability Equality Policies are available to view.    


If you or your child has any particular need, or concern, please let us know at the earliest opportunity, so that we may work together with you/or your child. All pupils at the school are given opportunities to fulfil their potential in all curriculum areas by using a variety of different teaching and learning styles.


All pupils are given access to the whole curriculum including all educational experiences and extra-curricular activities. Positive attitudes to gender, cultural diversity and special needs of all kinds are expressed in the curriculum. All achievements of pupils are valued by being positively acknowledged. Pupils are prepared for life in a multi-cultural society.