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We want our children to grow up in school to understand the Christian values of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, forgiveness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self- control.
The ethos at St. Mary’s is to provide a stimulating Christian environment that creates an enjoyable atmosphere of positive endeavour for all. Our school moto, ‘Believe and Achieve’, encourages the children to not only believe in themselves but also to believe in God, the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
We feel that it is the right of all children to be given access to the whole curriculum, which enables them to have high expectations and achieve high standards.
Church of England schools are inclusive and serve equally those who are of the Christian faith, those of other faiths and those with no faith.
In 1821 John Spencer, on behalf of his brother, gave £500 to pay for a further twenty poor children to go to school. In 1818 another school was founded in Colton by Thomas Webb for the education of girls in the parish.
The two schools gradually began to work together. By 1851 one was a boys’ and the other a girls’ school. In 1862 the Trustees decided to build a single new school on a site given by Mr T B Horsfall MP. This school would take any child from Colton from the age of two years.
The school continues to use the 1862 building with improvements and extensions. In 1964 a classroom and toilet block was added at the eastern end of the school. In 2000 another extension provided a resource area and extended school hall with newly installed PE equipment.
The school is now part of The Small Schools Multi Academy Trust, however it is still supported by a charitable foundation formed from the amalgamation of the Webb and Spencer charities now called the Colton Trust.
The Trust provides financial support to the school from the income from its property and investments.
The school gates open at 8.30a.m.
(times are flexible according to lessons being taught)
The National Curriculum gives a framework for learning in all subject areas through programmes of study which are set out to show the learning objectives.
Our curriculum map shows what is taught when and to which age group. You will find a copy of this on our website.
Teaching at our school is well planned, imaginative and creative. We exploit every opportunity to enrich the learning experience of our children and have dovetailed into our schemes of work a range of cross curricular approaches that makes learning come alive.
The curriculum is comprised of:
Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship (PSHE) and Sex and Relationships Education
Language development is one of the most important aspects of the curriculum as it is the basis of communication and learning.
Speaking and listening, reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation are all areas we aim to develop to very high standards by providing a rich and stimulating environment with varied resources and teaching techniques.
Great emphasis is laid upon the teaching of reading and a variety of teaching methods and approaches are used to encourage and motivate children’s learning, developing skills and fostering a love of books from the earliest days at school. In our literate classrooms children become confident in their growing ability to handle books, texts and literature of all kinds.
We are proud of our school library which contains a range of both fiction and non-fiction books. Information books are classified to the Dewey System as they are in a public library and children are taught how to use this.
Considerate importance is given to the teaching of Mathematics. We want our children to enjoy the subject and to be motivated to master mathematical skills. They are taught how to apply their knowledge and skills to practical, everyday life.
Children are naturally curious about themselves and their environment. Our aim in Science is to build upon their curiosity and to enable each child to develop an enquiring mind and a thirst for exploration and discovery through first-hand experience by which scientific knowledge and skills will be acquired.
We follow the Diocesan Syllabus for Religious Education and aim to develop children’s awareness of the traditions and beliefs of Christianity, particularly within the Anglican Church. Christian morals and values are central to the ethos of our school and we aim to give children a firm foundation of social values based on Christian principles. The children are also taught comparative religions in order to develop the Christian principles of tolerance and respect for others and their beliefs.
Computers and other devices play a critical role in enhancing learning for our children. They are taught a range of skills, including coding, to enable them to be proficient in using IT.
We have a topic approach to History and Geography throughout the school. Colton, Rugeley and Lichfield are important local resources and we use our environment and community to its best advantage. We aim to ensure that the children are aware of their place and purpose in society and in today’s changing world.
We are proud of our musical tradition and all classes are taught by a specialist music teacher. As a Singing School, singing is at the heart of what we do. Children are given the opportunity to play a range of instruments and whole class guitar tuition is given to children in upper Key Stage 2. We employ peripatetic music teachers to teach piano, keyboard, flute, clarinet and cornet. Children are also encouraged to join the Academy Choir.
Opportunities to experiment with materials and techniques in all areas of Art and Craft are given to the children in order to stimulate and develop their creative abilities. Great importance is attached to valuing children’s work and its presentation and giving them the opportunity to plan, design, make and evaluate in D & T.
Our physical education programme for all children includes gymnastics, dance, games, athletics, swimming and outdoor activities. The programme is well balanced and provides the opportunity for all children to participate in two hours of exercise each week. We hope that through providing children with enjoyable activities we will give them positive attitudes to adopting healthy lifestyles.
Key Stage 2 pupils all experience a residential outdoor education visit every year to enable children to take part in such activities as sailing, canoeing, abseiling and archery.
French is taught on a weekly basis to all children by a qualified language specialist. Languages are presented in a fun, informal manner whilst still following a comprehensive scheme of work which builds upon previous knowledge. This approach to learning languages embraces the children’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm whilst developing strong foundations for mastering languages at secondary school.
The school addresses Health Education in all its aspects through family life, sex education, safety, health-related exercise, personal hygiene, food and nutrition, environmental health, substance use and misuse as well as the psychological aspects of health, including self-value and relationships with others. These elements may be addressed specifically through Physical Education, through visiting speakers from the Police, NSPCC and St. John Ambulance, the school nurse and through Religious Education and the ethos of the school.
All children are given the opportunity to take part in school plays. The infants perform at Christmas, lower key stage 2 at Easter and upper key stage 2 at the end of the school year. We are proud of this tradition as we believe that such experiences enhance children’s education
Our Early Years Foundation Stage Class takes part time nursery children the term after their fourth birthday, and full time reception children.
We follow an EYFS curriculum and take our children on their learning journey towards and beyond the Early Learning Goals.
We have strong links with the Rugeley Academy and are strategic partners in the National Forest Teaching School.
Special services to celebrate important times and festivals in the Christian Church’s year take place in Church. Everyone in the school family, friends, relatives and the community are invited to join with us at Harvest, Christingle, Christmas, Easter and also at the Leavers’ Service at the end of the summer term.
There is a daily act of worship led by school staff through which we aim to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural and social development of the children.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious education and collective worship.
Care Club is a self-funded before and after school service managed by the Multi Academy Trust. The facility allows parents the opportunity to pursue their employment, education or training commitments, safe in the knowledge that their children are being cared for in familiar surroundings, outside of normal school hours.
Before school care operates on site at St. Mary’s and the children are transported to The Richard Crosse Primary School for after school care.
All staff have appropriate DBS clearance, relevant qualifications, experience and first aid training.
Care Club is open from 8.00a.m. to 8.30a.m. and 3.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. from Monday to Friday, term-time only. Further information is available on request