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About Us

St. Mary's CE Primary School is a small village primary school serving the local community of Portbury, Pill, Portishead and the surrounding villages.

We are a vibrant, learning community with high expectations of all of our children. Every child at St Mary's experiences a learning journey, that will enable them to become powerful, independent learners, able to choose, design, research, pursue ideas and evaluate their learning. We want learning to be a joyful experience and we achieve this through our highly engaging curriculum offer.

Ethos and Values

Courage    Compassion    Curiosity   Community

We aspire to be a kind and creative learning community where we support and challenge each other to be the best we can be.

Our Aims

St Mary’s CE VA Primary School aims to be:

“A Caring, Christian, Community Committed To Achievement.” 

We aim for all our children to ….

  • have a sensitive, considerate and respectful attitude towards others
  • understand and appreciate Christian values
  • be proud of their school and their achievements
  • be able to work co-operatively, collaboratively and independently
  • be enthusiastic learners and confident in applying their skills
  • develop an enquiry based approach, to become lifelong learners
  • have essential skills in literacy, numeracy and information technology
  • achieve the highest standards of which they are capable
  • extend themselves in mind, body and spirit

To achieve these aims for our children we will ….

  • give clear, challenging but achievable objectives that are shared with the child
  • complete careful planning which includes continuity, progression and differentiation, using assessment to target learning needs
  • provide a stimulating, organised, learning environment with appropriate resources
  • give clear instructions; provide achievable tasks, with perceptive teaching and supportive guidance
  • ensure all areas of the curriculum are covered for all pupils and provide a variety of activities to challenge and extend learning
  • plan opportunities for children to ask questions, teach strategies and provide resources for them to find answers
  • use a range of teaching approaches and plan for different learning styles
  • involve parents and carers in school life
  • promote the development and use of the children’s self evaluation skills
  • give praise and recognition for effort, achievement or talent
  • give clear guidelines on acceptable and unacceptable behaviour through the behaviour policy and encourage children to take responsibility for their actions
  • encourage children to take an active and responsible part in decision-making
  • set a good example in the way we behave towards others and give children opportunities to explore Christian values and develop their spirituality
  • work together collaboratively as a community and strive for continuous improvement in all we do

Working for us

If you're searching for your next post, why not contact us now? You'll be working at a great school and be part of a friendly, helpful team. We're always interested to hear from enthusiastic, committed teachers - send us your CV now via our School Talent Pool and say what sort of role you're looking for.  By joining our School Talent Pool we'll know you're interested in working here when a future vacancy occurs.

The Lighthouse Schools Partnership

We are part of the The Lighthouse Schools Partnership; for further information regarding the trust please click here.

The Lighthouse Schools Partnership is a Multi-Academy Trust with schools across the age range from Nursery to Sixth Form. Our Trust includes both community and Church of England schools and we also have three Teaching Schools amongst our number so that we can make the professional development of our staff a top priority.