St Mary’s & St Peter’s C E Primary School is a Voluntary Aided Church of England School, sponsored equally by the two Teddington parishes reflected in its name; St Mary’s with St Alban’s and St Peter & Paul with St Michael & George.
At St. Mary’s and St Peter’s Church of England Primary School we aim to provide a vision which is deeply Christian, whilst at the same time serving the common good within our community. We take the words of Jesus in John 10.10 promising ‘life in all its fullness’ seriously and believe that all within our community should be able to flourish and achieve their full potential.
We realise this through the following four areas:
1. Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
We aim to foster confidence, delight and discipline in seeking wisdom, knowledge, truth, understanding, know-how, and the skills needed to shape life well. We nurture academic habits and skills, intellectual curiosity, emotional intelligence and creativity across the whole range of school subjects including areas such as music, drama and the arts, information and other technologies, sustainable development, sport, and what one needs to understand and practise in order to be a good person, citizen, parent, employee, team or group member, or leader.
2. Hope and Aspiration
In the drama of ongoing life, how we learn to approach the future is crucial. We aim to open up horizons of hope and aspiration and guide pupils into ways of fulfilling them. We aim also to cope wisely when things go wrong. Bad experiences and behaviour, wrongdoing and evil need not have the last word. There are resources for healing, repair and renewal; repentance, forgiveness, truth and reconciliation are possible; and meaning, trust, generosity, compassion, resilience and hope are more fundamental than meaninglessness, suspicion, selfishness, hardheartedness and despair.
3. Community and Living Well Together
We are only persons with each other: our humanity is ‘co-humanity’, inextricably involved with others, utterly relational, both in our humanity and our shared life on a finite planet. If those others are of ultimate worth then we are each called to responsibility towards them and to contribute responsibly to our communities. So we have a core focus on relationships and commitments, participation in communities and institutions, courageous advocacy and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together.
4. Dignity and Respect
Human dignity, the ultimate worth of each person, is central to our educational philosophy. The basic principle of respect for the value of each person involves continual discernment, deliberation and action and where the understanding and practise requires are learned. This includes vigilant safeguarding. We see all learners and potential learners and their parents and carers as of equal value. We believe in the equal worth of all those within and outside our school community, including:
- those with and without special education needs and disabilities,
- whatever their ethnicity, culture, national origin or national status,
- whatever their gender and gender identity and sexual identity,
- whatever their religious or non-religious affiliation or faith background.
We seek to embed these areas through all aspects of our school life, so that all may flourish and find ‘life in all its fullness’.