St Mary’s Church of England Primary School
St Mary’s is located behind Slough's main high street and is surrounded by thriving businesses, housing as well as parks and woodlands. The school was set up by the church in the 19th century to serve the needs of its local community. Today our school centres around a busy and bustling community that is rich in diversity and culture and children who attend represent many parts of our integral world.
St Mary’s strives to deliver an excellent diverse and culturally rich curriculum underpinned by our core values of Love, Forgiveness, Responsibility, Honesty and Respect at every level. Our values play a major role in our school ethos driven by our moral and Christian purpose as well as our statutory obligation for all children and adults to continually evolve and work together to create a bright future.
Our mantra encompasses all we strive to achieve which is clearly and simply ‘Building a bright future for myself, my school and my community’. This was born from the Bible verse: Matthew 5:16 ‘let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’
Time is specifically set aside for Collective Worship and pupil Ambassadors ensure that these times are valued and respected. We demonstrate respect for the Christian calendar and give time to other religious events making common links through religion and personal beliefs.
We have links with the local St. Mary’s Church who welcomes all year groups to visit the Church at key times in the Christian calendar and to learn about the Christian faith and our local church history.
The local Methodist and Baptist minister regularly lead collective worship and present in school alongside other faith leaders from, e.g. CCIS (Christian Connections in School) and Datchet Gospel Chapel, and representatives from other beliefs.
‘Discovery RE’ and ‘Understanding Christianity’ materials form the basis for our question-led RE curriculum and we adhere as a ‘Voluntary Controlled’ Church of England school to the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education Pan-Berkshire.
We are supported by our Oxford Diocesan Board of Education (ODBE) service agreement and regular visit by our School Link Adviser, with RE Lead, SLT and governors attending their training.