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Values & Ethos

“Love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength and love your neighbour as you love yourself”

(Mk 12:30-31)

St Mary’s College exists to help parents and carers to educate young people spiritually, morally, physically and academically as well as possible. We aim to be a truly Christian community, where our relationships are built on encouragement, concern, respect, forgiveness and reconciliation.

Our religious life is rooted in the faith, practice and moral teaching of the Roman Catholic Church. Each person in our community is specially valued and has an important part to play in making sure that we live out our mission.

Mission Statement 2

The Values, Vision and Ethos of our multi-academy trust:

Vision Statement

"Ordinary people - working together - achieving extraordinary things"

Convinced that people have an unbelievable capacity to do great things, we aim to provide rich and wide ranging opportunities for people to achieve more than they ever thought possible.


As a Trust, at the heart of our Christian service is to welcome and value each individual as equal, regardless of nationality, gender, race, colour, sexuality or creed. We pride ourselves on our exceptional standards of personal pastoral care, rooted in our Christian tradition and values of kindness, support, peace, justice, forgiveness and joy. Our outlook and ambition is international and inclusive.

Children are our priority

We aim to place children at the centre of all decisions and activities, encouraging them to find excitement in their learning and to live life to the full. We do not settle for average. We aim to relentlessly focus on our core business which is to promote student's learning, welfare and achievement.

World Class

Without apology, we are committed to excellence and to build on the sustained world class successes of St Mary's College. Without excuses we find ways to help every student to feel that they are safe, belong and are successful in their learning. Teachers and support staff want to be the very best they can be.

Seamless Transition

Inclusive, our curriculum should be 3-19 understood, 3-19 planned, 3-19 relevant, 3-19 rigorous and 3-19 progressing. Our curriculum will deliver 3-19 outstanding outcomes and prepare all our young people exceptionally well for life thereafter.


We build strong partnerships within our schools and with organisations that share our commitment to world class standards. Learning with and from others of good will, we will aim to always improve , to give our very best and expect it from others. Alongside others, we serve the common good and actively support system reform so that all children might thrive.

St Cuthberts