We seek to establish a purposeful working atmosphere, where at times the work is formal and structured but at other times more informal, allowing children opportunities to choose.
By offering a curriculum that has relevant links to the real world and between subjects, children are enabled to view life as a whole with balanced, broad-based relevancy to their experiences and needs. With this in mind, those children with Special Educational Needs are sometimes given individual programmes to assist progress, while more able pupils are given the opportunity to attend sessions at other schools to develop skills, in addition to extended provision within the school.
At St Mary’s we also believe that homework reinforces and enhances the curriculum while strengthening the Home-School partnership. The amount of homework allocated will vary with age, becoming more demanding as pupils get older. We also recognise the valuable contribution that our school trips and residential experiences make towards pupils’ personal and social education.