Christian Ethos and British Values
At Ely St Mary's Church of England Junior School, an academy with the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT), we have adopted the word 'RESPECT', where each letter underpins our Christian ethos whilst also upholding important British values. T for Tolerance, for example, is taught, demonstrated and upheld. We use the word RESPECT as a way of communicating our ethos to the whole school community. Click on the letters at the top of the page to find out what they stand for, and their meaning to us.
As a Church of England school we have also adopted the Anglican ethos statement, as follows:
"Recognizing its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Churches at parish and diocesan level.
The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils."
Statement of British Values
All pupils at DEMAT schools are strongly encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance.
At Ely St Mary’s C of E Junior School we ensure that pupils understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law. Our school’s ethos and teaching supports the rule of English civil and criminal law and we do not teach anything that undermines it. When we teach about religious law, we explore the relationship between state and religious law, and ensure that pupils understand the difference between the law of the land and religious law. We promote fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. As a community we actively challenge opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values. We use the National Teachers’ standards and the Headteacher Standards (2015) in our appraisal of teachers and headteachers. We expect all staff to uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high ethics and behaviour, within and outside school. This includes not undermining fundamental British values.
Equality Pledge: We believe in the dignity of all people, and their right to respect and equality of opportunity. We value the strength that comes with difference and the positive contribution that diversity brings to our community.
We have strong links with our partner church, St Mary’s, which we visit to celebrate Harvest Festival, Christmas and Easter, and with the members of which we join in helping the less fortunate through mission projects such as filling Christmas shoeboxes and, closer to home, donating produce to the Ely Food Bank.
Christian Collective Worship is a central part of school life, and takes place on a daily basis, in a variety of different forms (Whole-School, Singing, Meditative, Celebratory). Parents wishing to discuss withdrawing their child(ren) from Collective Worship are requested to consult with the Headteacher.
Our School Prayer
God be in my head,
And in my understanding.
God be in my eyes,
And in my looking.
God be in my mouth,
And in my speaking.
God be in my heart,
And in my thinking.
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