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Vision, ethos and values


Our vision is to build a community where great lives begin.

To create a calm, academic excellence across the school, where we inspire children to:

  • be people of faith, hope and love and to respect themselves and others 
  • become confident, independent learners for life, knowing that mistakes will be made along the way
  • keep safe, be strong and make a positive contribution to society


  • Our school will provide a happy, secure and stimulating environment where everyone will be inspired to do their best.
  • Our pupils will be guided towards a loving relationship with God, through example, prayer and the teachings of Christ.
  • Our pupils will be competent, independent lifelong learners with high self-esteem.
  • Our pupils will be confident and caring in their relationships with others in the school, and with the community at large.
  • Our pupils will be creative and critical thinkers who will be able to respond positively and enthusiastically to the challenges of our ever-changing world.
  • Our pupils will have a desire to contribute positively to society and to take responsibility for each other and the environment.


We warmly welcome children from all faiths, as well as those from non-faith backgrounds. Together, staff, children, parents and governors, endeavour to make our school a calm, safe, friendly place in which everybody feels valued.

Our approach is based on our core values, and we expect all children, staff and stakeholders (parents, carers and governing body members) to respect them.

We believe that all learners have a right to be challenged and motivated to enable them to achieve their potential academically, personally, socially and emotionally.

As an inclusive learning community, we believe that every child does matter, and it is our duty to prepare each child for lifelong learning.  We do this by providing high quality learning experiences, which ensures our children are equipped with the knowledge, skills and cultural capital that allow them to thrive in the next part of their learning journey.    


Our school values help define our community.  Understanding each other and the remarkable talents we all have is essential to successful learning.

The following key values help prepare our children for life in modern Britain:

  • Respect
  • Tolerance
  • Resilience
  • Ambition

These values guide us through our school day, and they align themselves with our two school rules: be kind; work hard.  

The staff of St Mary's Priory commit to:

  • Nurturing the development of our children's Catholic faith through the teaching of the Gospel values within an environment where each individual is valued and respected.
  • Developing the gifts and talents of all our pupils, so they are ready for the next stage of learning, and are able to achieve their maximum potential. 
  • Ensuring all our pupils, regardless of their starting point, experience a high quality, balanced education which meets their needs and the requirements of the National Curriculum. 
  • Managing the school's resources efficiently to ensure good value for money from the available funds.

Our Commitment to Staff:

  • Foster and develop the highest standards of teaching through high quality professional development 
  • Nurture and secure leadership talent to lead the future 
  • Recognise and reward the commitment of all staff 
  • Create and maintain a mutually supportive, collaborative and caring environment for all 
  • Establish well-being and health as essential contributions to effectiveness at work. 

Our Equality Statement:

St Mary's Priory will take steps to advance equality of opportunity, foster good relations and eliminate discrimination or harassment across all the protected characteristics (age, race, gender, gender identity or reassignment, disability, marriage and civil partnership, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation) within the school community.