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Values and Ethos

At Welwyn St Mary’s, we are committed to providing the best educational experiences for our pupils and to the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of our life and work.   We aim to provide a secure but challenging environment where our pupils feel valued and develop a lifelong love of learning.  Our Christian values underpin every aspect of our school life and our intention is to encourage each of our pupils to develop and express their spiritual capabilities.   Thus each member of the school community is respected and encouraged to work and worship together in an atmosphere of security, trust and co-operation.

Our Aims

  • To provide the best learning experiences for all our pupils
  • To pursue excellence and enjoyment in all aspects of our life and work
  • To create a safe and caring environment where all pupils feel valued, secure and have a strong sense of self worth
  • To challenge and support our pupils’ learning
  • To develop our pupils intellectually, spiritually and socially to their full potential
  • To foster creativity and innovation
  • To equip our children to be good citizens now and in the future
  • To enable our children to make healthy choices
  • To respect one another
  • To ensure equality of opportunity for all members of our community
  • To work in partnership with parents and families
  • To develop and maintain strong community links within our school, our village and the world beyond

Church of England Voluntary Aided status

Welwyn St Mary’s has strong links with the church of St Mary’s in the village.  This Christian foundation was established over 250 years ago by Dr Edward Young, Rector of Welwyn, who opened a school for 16 boys aged 7 to 14 in 1749.  The school moved to London Road in 1859.  Welwyn’s population grew and, after the closure of the adjacent secondary school, the school moved to the current buildings which were extended and redesigned for primary use in 1985.

The Rector of Welwyn continues to keep in close contact with the school, taking assembly every week and an annual school Eucharist.  The children attend St Mary’s church for major festivals and visit it as part of the R.E. curriculum.  Several school governors are church or diocesan representatives.  Everyone in the school community is encouraged to share the love, trust and sense of fellowship that being in a church school can bring.

St Mary’s Church Website

Collective Worship

We meet together at a daily assembly.  These are centred on the Christian faith but other world religious traditions are recognised and accepted. We expect the children to develop sensitivity and understanding when exploring not just their own beliefs but those of others.  Assemblies are an opportunity to explore and share things we value and to honour excellence.  We sing hymns together, listen to music and give the children time to reflect and pray.  We encourage positive moral and social attitudes and enable the children to develop a sense of wonder and an appreciation of the aesthetic and spiritual aspects of life.

The importance we attach to worship as a church school is explained to parents at admission time and is recognised in our admissions policy.   We hope that parents and children will understand that our school worship is an occasion when each individual’s integrity is respected.   However, parents have the right to withdraw their children from collective worship and Religious Education if they wish.

Parents are encouraged to attend class assemblies in which their children are actively involved and their achievements shared and celebrated.