Since 1865 a school has stood on this same site in Shenfield and throughout its history to the present day, the school has played an important role in the local community and parish. Recognising its historic foundations, it aims to preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the teachings of the Church of England, working in partnership with the Church at the levels of both St Mary’s parish and the Chelmsford Diocese.
The ethos of the school is based on mutual respect and consideration for others. We encourage a strong sense of equality across the school and our mission statement (left) underpins everything we do.
The school aims to give its pupils access to a wide curriculum and to a range of learning experiences of the highest standard.
We encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of not only the Christian faith but also other world religions and their values.
Everyone at St Mary’s shares a commitment to effective teaching and learning based on a well-planned and structured curriculum. There is a strong belief that children should become interdependent learners within well-organised primary classrooms, and that learning should be purposeful and matched to developing individual pupil abilities.
We want children to be able to think critically and creatively, know how to tackle problems and challenges, and work collaboratively within a team. They should be able to evaluate their own and others’ work with sensitivity, developing an awareness of strengths and weaknesses. We are proud that our children are highly motivated and eager to learn, as well as being sensitive to the needs of others.
We believe that the partnership between teachers and parents is critical to successful outcomes for our children. We appreciate and respect differences of ability and culture and we are committed to providing the appropriate support for integrating children with special needs.
Teachers work as part of a team and see their class as part of the whole school community, sharing their own particular interests and often giving freely of their time. Their work is underpinned by a whole school commitment to improving the quality of teaching and learning, and to raising levels of achievement.