June 2020 – Return to School
We were delighted to receive the following inspirational video from Reverend Tom from our church in Bitteswell. It contains a lovely message and helped us frame the beginning of our ‘new normal’ for the children! Thank you Tom!
St Mary’s school has strong links with St Mary’s Church in Bitteswell and Lutterworth. We regularly visit Bitteswell church for services, to learn more about places of worship and to attend local community events such as the Macmillan Coffee morning.
Reverend Charlie works closely with the staff and children and is a member of the Local Governing Body. Our local Curate, Tom, is also a memnber of the Local Governing Body. Collective Worship each term is based on the school’s vision, associated values and character muscles. Open The Book visit St Mary’s regularly and both Reverend Charlie and Tom lead Collective Worship.
Our vision is weaved across the curriculum and everyday life in school and underpins our decisions and choices. We frequently ask the children ‘What would Jesus do?’ Giving them time to reflect and consider alternative actions based on good choices.
Here are some comments from our most recent SIAMS
The school’s Christian vision has grown out of its local context and is articulated well by school leaders. It is based on biblical text and impacts on the life of the school
There is a strong emphasis on wellbeing which results in pupils and staff feeling well cared for. The inclusive nature of the school enables its pupils to flourish.
Attainment in reading, writing and maths at the end of Key Stage 2 is high.
Pupils behave well and parents praised the way older pupils cared for younger ones. This was affirmed by the pupils who said that they enjoyed having friends across different year groups and that they were like ‘a little family.’
Staff are appreciative of the support given to them by the senior leadership team and feel valued. The school places a high emphasis on nurture and wellbeing.
St Mary’s Church, Bitteswell