Values and Ethos

About our School

Thorncombe St Mary’s CE VC Primary School provides an exciting and extensive education based on Christian values in a safe and happy atmosphere. Each child is uniquely valued; their gifts and potential are nurtured and developed, enabling them to go forward to their next stage of learning with confidence and a sound base of knowledge and life skills.

If you are a new parent visiting the site, we hope you enjoy looking through our prospectus. We refer you to the ‘Information’ section for policies and procedures; and to ‘Curriculum’ for an insight into teaching and learning and how we make use of our wonderful grounds and outdoor facilities. We warmly welcome visits to the school to see our facilities and meet our friendly staff and pupils.

Our Ethos

Thorncombe St Mary’s is a friendly place where warm relationships between pupils, staff, parents and Governors underpin the secure environment in which our pupils flourish and learn.

We want all children to be enthused, engaged and active in the learning process. Our curriculum is designed to encourage children to become life-long learners who can use their knowledge and understanding to solve real life problems. Wherever possible, learning will be outcome driven but will also be creative, engaging and make best use of our wonderful outdoor resources.

We believe it important for children to show respect for others and to be considered and responsible members of society and the community in which they live. Children are encouraged and given the opportunities to be reflective and thoughtful learners, who see things from different perspectives. These skills will be developed throughout the curriculum but particularly in RE, Collective Worship and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education).

Our Values

Six Christian values have been chosen to form the essence of school life. Our ‘apple’ artwork is the platform for visibly conveying these values in school. Reflecting how we live and grow together, the ‘apple’ links our class names: Little Pips (nursery); Pippin (reception and Key stage 1); and Orchard (Key stage 2). Each value has a half-termly focus through the academic year in terms of teaching and learning; and through collective worship to strengthen and promote these values.

Love and Compassion – autumn 1

Jesus said, “Love your enemies! … In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven … If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that?… If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Extracts from Matthew 5:43-47

Thankfulness – autumn 2 (Christmas)

Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to love in peace. And always be thankful. Colossians 3:15

Service – spring 1

Work with enthusiasm, as though you are working for the Lord rather than for people. Ephesians 6:7

Hope – spring 2, Easter

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15.13

Forgiveness – summer 1

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!” Matthew 18: 21-22

Endurance – summer 2

All nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved. Matthew 10:22

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 have excellent links with St Mary’s Church in the village. For more, see our SIAMS page in the Information section.


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