A message from our headteacher Mrs Julie Winwood
ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
We are a village school, with just over 120 pupils on roll from Reception to Year 6. Our small size, combined with our embedded Christian ethos ensures that we know and care about each pupil. Every single child is valued and helped to achieve his or her full potential both academically and in terms of social and emotional development.
Visitors frequently comment on the friendly welcome they receive and notice the atmosphere of respect and support between staff and pupils. ‘Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are exemplary!‘ (Ofsted 2014)
Pupils achieve well here and enjoy learning because we provide a ‘curriculum that provides pupils with an exciting array of subjects that are planned, very effectively to promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.’ (Ofsted 2014). If you browse the class pages of our website you will see evidence of this, and of the commitment and dedication of the staff.
At our school, we welcome parental involvement and we have an active PTFA who organise several fundraising events throughout the year, raising money for the school as well as having fun! We are grateful for help in any capacity in our classes and have many regular parent volunteers.
Our school is organised into vertically grouped classes as follows: Reception (Shackadell), Year 1 (Peartree), Years 2 and 3 (Orchard), Years 3 and 4 (Haffydown) and Years 5 and 6 (Danes). This is the established structure and works well, keeping class sizes relatively small at approximately 25 pupils in each.
Aston St Mary’s is a school at the heart of its community and we make the most of our links to the church, which we visit at least termly for whole school services and use as a resource for learning. Our minister, Jenny Gray leads worship in school on a regular basis. We have strong links to the village preschool and to the secondary schools in Stevenage, ensuring good transitions for our pupils.
We have also developed strong links with the village, enjoying the opportunities it offers for the enrichment of learning and to join in with community events and celebrations.
If you are interested in finding out more about our school, we are always happy to show visitors around, by appointment. A prospectus is available which gives more detailed information. Although we are an oversubscribed school, there is inevitably movement of families out of the area from time to time and spaces arise, so it is always worth enquiring if you would like to join us.
I am very proud to be the head of such a happy and thriving school and look forward to meeting you if you are considering a visit.
Julie Winwood: Headteacher
Christian and British values supporting Achievement, Respect and an Enriched education.
All involved in our school aim:
To enable an understanding of Christian and British values in an environment where the children are confident and feel that they belong.
To feel safe and secure in all we do, whilst being prepared for change.
To have fun whilst learning and to reach their full potential.
To value what we already have and to help others in all that we do.
To have a healthy balance in all areas of their lives.
In the interest of the government and recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the church at parish and diocesan level.
At Aston St Mary’s our pupils learn British Values – democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance. An example of this is at the beginning of the school year all pupils create a set of rules that they all agree with. Other examples are found across the curriculum, particularly within worship and PSHE lessons.
The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice, whilst promoting British values. We encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promote Christian and British values through the experience it offers to all its pupils and their families.