Values and Ethos
About our School
In this section we hope you will find all the information you need about the daily life of our school. We have include information about our philosophy and aims and our policies and procedures. Many of these documents are currently under review and the new documents will be available as soon as possible. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
If you are new parent visiting the site we hope you enjoy looking through our prospectus, we warmly welcome visits to the school. We are always happy for you to come and look round to meet our friendly staff and pupils. If you wish to join us, an application form is also available for for you to fill in.
School Aims and Vision
Thorncombe St Mary CE VC Primary School provides an exciting and extensive education based on Christian values in a safe & happy atmosphere. Each person is uniquely valued and their gifts and potential are nurtured and developed, enabling them to go forward to their next stage of learning with confidence and a range of skills.
To underpin our Mission Statement the school aims to:
• Enable our pupils to experience and value the wonder of God’s world
• Create a love of learning in which our children will experience personal achievement and fulfilment
• Provide opportunities for our children to develop their academic, practical and intellectual skills
• Develop personal qualities including caring, sharing, self-esteem and initiative
• Engage in a partnership with parents and carers to encourage and develop these qualities
• Value and respect all members of our school & the wider community
We want all children to be enthused, engaged and active in the learning process. The designing of our curriculum will encourage children to become life-long learners who can use their knowledge and understanding to solve real life problems. Learning which takes place will be outcome driven, where ever possible. It will also be creative, engaging and make best use of our wonderful outdoor resources.
As part of our development of our new SDP we looked at how children learn best. Giving children the opportunities to be reflective and thoughtful learners, who see things from different perspectives, is important for them to be considered and responsible members of society and the community in which they live. These skills will be developed throughout the curriculum but particularly in RE, Collective Worship and PSHCE.
St Mary’s CE VC Primary School is a friendly place where warm relationships between pupils, staff, parents and Governors underpin the secure environment in which our pupils flourish and learn. Our values and beliefs are underpinned from the school’s Christian foundation. We work closely with the community to provide wonderful opportunities for our pupils and we have excellent links with St Mary’s Church in the village. Please read more about this in the ‘Key Information‘ section.
Our Totem Pole reflects our school Values