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St Mary's C of E

School Bideford

School Values

Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.


School Ethos



Belong to our community, working together to encourage and help each other believe in and respect ourselves and understand and accept others.  



Aiming for the highest achievable standards of learning and teaching throughout the school, giving every individual the best opportunity to succeed in every facet of their learning, especially in English and Mathematics.


Be Safe

Ensure that everyone feels happy, safe and secure in our school community.



Experience a broad and balanced curriculum, enjoy school and develop a positive attitude to our learning journey.  


Our School Values:


  • Friendship
  • Enjoyment
  • Respect
  • Honesty
  • Forgiveness
  • Achievement


At St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, we believe and promote the importance of developing core values by which we live. These develop the children’s moral and spiritual awareness in themselves and others. As a school, we have collaborated key qualities of Christianity and British Values to create our own School Values, and the children selected the values which were of most importance to them on their journey to adulthood. These six values are integral to all our daily lives, how we teach and what our children learn. We seek to explore the meanings of their significance through weekly Acts of Worship delivered by varying staff across the school and by Reverend Claire and the ‘Story Tellers’ from St Mary’s Church.  


The gifts of friendship, enjoyment, respect, honesty, forgiveness and achievement are key values that we strive to embed in children for life. Whilst these gifts are inclusive of human values and British values, we anchor them into the Christian faith by relating them to the Bible, through stories and readings delivered by our school ‘Story Tellers’ from St Mary’s Church.


Half termly, we focus on a specific value, which is discussed with class representatives at the School Ethos meetings each week. The theme is promoted through class activities, philosophy sessions and whole school assemblies.