A message from our headteacher Mrs Julie Winwood
ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
A warm welcome to Aston St Mary’s Church of England Primary School website.
We are a small village church school, with approximately 130 pupils on roll from Reception to Year 6. Our small size, combined with our embedded Christian values ensures that every child is treasured and are growing surrounded by God’s love. Christian values, along with our British values, support achievement and respect through our broad and balanced curriculum, as well as the wider curriculum. We encourage the spiritual, moral and cultural development of our children through this broad curriculum and place a high importance on children becoming excellent citizens of the wider world, who use their Christian values to guide them.
Our pupils achieve well and enjoy learning because we provide a rich and broad curriculum, where pupils learn from a carefully planned sequenced curriculum. On the class pages you will see the long-term plans for each class. The curriculum overviews can be found on ‘Our Curriculum’ page. If you browse the newsletters and class pages of our website, you will see examples of our pupils’ learning.
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 (when safe to do so) and use as a resource for learning. Our minister, Jenny Gray leads worship 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.
Our incredible school grounds are a strength that allows us to teach children outdoors through our forest school. They gain deep understanding of the natural world and show awe and wonder for God’s creation.
Learning through our Christian values education, ensures our pupils are well-prepared for their next steps in education and beyond. Pupils leave our school having grown into considerate caring young people, who embrace life and are aware of the importance of looking after God’s world.
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
'Every child is a treasure - small in size, growing in God's love'.
At Aston St Mary’s School each individual child is treasured and celebrated. Our Christian values support achievement and respect through an enriched education and environment. Children grow in God’s unconditional love and are encouraged and nurtured to reach their full potential academically, emotionally and spiritually.
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.