Our Ethos and Values

'Believe, Achieve, Succeed'

At St. Andrew's and St. Mark's C of E Junior School we aim to provide a caring and secure Christian environment. All pupils will be given access to a stimulating and broad curriculum, which aims to encourage them to realise their full potential both in school and the wider environment.

As a church school, teaching, promoting and enacting Christian values forms the core of everything we do. Through collective worship, we focus on each Christian value in turn. Each class has a prayer corner, which gives children the opportunity to explore different faiths and reflect. At the end of the school day, each class finishes with our school prayer.

We welcome pupils of any faith or no faith to our school. Through the RE curriculum, a wide range of different faiths are explored.


Christian Values

The 7Rs

At SASM we believe in nurturing the children’s skills for life. We encourage and develop the following learning characteristics which the children will use in their school life and beyond. They are reflection, reasoning, resourcefulness, responsibility, resilience, respect and repair. They are known as our 7Rs and each one links to a character in Winnie the Pooh with related stories. Each 7R is a focus each half term in Collective Worship and our teachers plan opportunities for the children’s acquisition of these skills within lessons.

Promoting British Values

Throughout the curriculum, we promote the 5 British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. You can read about how this is embedded in our school here:

Copy of Promoting British Values SASM.docx

Character Education

What makes a person of good character? In addition to our 7Rs and promotion of British and Christian values, we guide children to show good character. Do do this through teaching respect for self and others, INSET training, restorative justice in our behaviour code, practising mindfulness and teaching about having a growth mindset.