St Mary's has been Federated with St Charles Catholic Primary School since January 2021.
Both schools remain separate entities in law and with separate budgets but are managed together by a single Governing Board and unified leadership team.
Both Schools share an ethos and a foundation that stems from our Catholic faith and the gospel values that flow from it.
Placing ‘Christ at the centre’ of all that we do leads us to everything that we are now and guides us to what we will become in the future.
It forms the relationships between us, which are based on an understanding of each child as unique and yet equally valuable, each with gifts to offer, each accorded equal dignity and care.
It fuels our determination to achieve the very highest possible standards academically and also in terms of the personal and spiritual development of every child in both our schools.
It helps us to expect and to reveal the very best that each child has to offer, so that they can achieve their own personal potential as successful, happy, confident and responsible adults.
It underpins the strength of a very real partnership between school and parent as we work together in the interests of our children.
It strengthens also the bond between school, family and the parish communities we are part of.
The School Governors Federation Ethos Statement
As Governors we acknowledge our responsibilities as strategic leaders to ensure every child, in St Charles’ and St Mary’s Schools, are given the best possible opportunities to reach their full potential, spiritually and academically. We do this by promoting high standards of educational achievement, pastoral care and by modelling of the values proclaimed in the Gospel in both communities.
We are strongly committed to building and strengthening the shared Catholic ethos of both schools whilst maintaining their individual identities.
We strive to build on the values started at home and seek to provide an environment where beliefs and the ethos of the Catholic faith are taught, explored, developed and nurtured. We aim for all our children to believe in their own potential, in an environment where they can flourish, succeed and achieve.
As a Governing Body, we have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, which aim to deliver high expectations and to improve the lives and outcomes of all students.
- Holding the Executive Head Teacher and both Heads of School, to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and for ensuring excellent quality of teaching.
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
As governors, we bring a wide variety of experience and expertise to the schools, and this ensures that both schools move forward and standards are constantly raised in a way that is in line with the overarching ethos and vision of the schools, along with the statutory directives from the Department for Education and The Archdiocese of Westminster.
The Governing Body