When the original bid was put together to create a new Church of England school in Hampton, our aims were clear: to meet the need for local primary places by creating a small school with a family atmosphere, enriched by a Christian ethos. We felt the curriculum should centre on literacy and numeracy, complimented by an inspiring emphasis on music and art. Until then, Hampton had been without a Church of England school. We believe our strong Christian ethos fosters an atmosphere of mutual support and respect, in which values such as reverence, compassion, trust and hope thrive, helping children to develop as rounded members of the community.
St Mary’s School is open to families of all faiths and backgrounds; church attendance plays no part in our application criteria. Children benefit from the small size of the school. The teaching is strengthened by additional support from community volunteers and parents. This is instrumental in ensuring high standards in the teaching of English and Maths. We also passionately believe that enrichment through music and the arts is key to creating an inclusive, exciting learning environment that engages pupils. This emphasis has ensured that cross-curricular learning has remained as dynamic as possible.
Both inside and outside of the classroom, we are committed to traditional values such as politeness and good behaviour. We consistently foster an atmosphere where listening, concentration and respect are expected and rewarded. We have created a fully-inclusive school which offers pupils an excellent education. Our priority is to serve the community, whilst drawing on Hampton’s unique heritage and beauty to enhance learning and nurture a sense of community spirit in the children we teach. We believe in doing so, we are developing rounded, happy, successful children.