The happiness and wellbeing of each child is central to the ethos of this school. Children are encouraged to cooperate with one another, respect diversity and treat each other as equals.
We are a highly motivated and caring team. We are committed to providing opportunities for our young learners to develop into respectful, compassionate citizens, who contribute positively to the well being of others and society.
We aim to deliver a stimulating, exciting and challenging curriculum. Through outstanding and enthusiastic teaching, we will empower children to lead their learning, so that they become motivated and independent.
We want our children to grow in confidence and to develop a love of learning that will stay with them throughout their lives.
Our History and Beliefs
St Mary's Church in Wales Primary School dates back to 1874. The present school was built in the grounds of the old Grammar School and draws children from several areas in Brynmawr. The school has been extended and refurbished providing pupils and staff with a working environment second to none.
The Church School aims to help children within a Christian community and all enjoy a common sense of giving and receiving. We see ourselves as part of the wider community and strive to develop close links with parents, the local community and the local church.
As a Church in Wales school we are an Anglican foundation which is reflected in the ethos of the school and in the importance that we give to Religious Education and Collective Worship. The emphasis for Religious Education will be Christianity. Judaism will also be included as it forms the basis of the Christian religion. All other main world religions will be taught through other curriculum areas when and if they arise during topic themes.
The Aims & Objectives of St Mary's School
The main aims and objectives are:
To educate pupils intellectually, socially, morally, aesthetcally, physically and spiritually within a school firmly based on Christian principles.
To create a happy learning environment, where all children grow in self-esteem and develop the confidence to express themselves clearly.
To give instruction in the basic skills namely reading, numeracy, oracy and literacy by the most efficacious methods available to us.
To encourage the development of each individual child so that he will learn to take his place in society.
To promote Christian values within the school and encourage in pupils a sense of decency, committment, self-reliance, responsibility, respect for others and a healthy self-esteem.
To create an atmosphere which is relaxed but purposeful and to facilitate the achievement of these aims by forming the best possible relationships between teachers, children, parents and others involved.
To help the pupils develop an understanding of their cultural heritage through the teaching of Welsh as a second language, and by developing the Welsh dimension of the cuurriculum whenever possible.
To create an appreciation of the importance of healthy living and care for the environment, in our endeavour to be an ecologically friendly school.
To set challenging targets and celebrate successes through self review in partnership with children, staff and parents.
To develop the leadership qualities of all staff through a continuous programme of professional development.
We are concerned about the development of the whole personality of each individual. We try to teach that which each child needs regardless of age, sex or ability. We try to make it difficult to fail. We try to present the child with work, which is attractive. We try to create incentives, increase the natural thirst for knowledge and skills present in almost all children, to direct and channel efforts into useful and interesting pursuits. We want children to enjoy school to make the best use of time there.
We do not forget that we are part of a process and we want our children to go on to the next stage of education with a built in desire for further interesting work and experiences.