Key Aims and Principles
St. Mary's Cockerton School is distinguished by its Christian foundation and the principles that flow from this. The school is committed to developing the full potential of its pupils as individuals – spiritually, emotionally and academically. We exert no pressure to believe, yet Christian values are built into our ethos and teaching whilst respecting other world faiths. Spiritual development forms an integral part of school life and collective worship is an essential part of the school day. We strive to forge strong links between school, home and the local community. We aim to display a high quality of care and understanding to the school community.
Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop the religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church at parish and diocesan level. The school aims to serve its community by providing 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 all its pupils.
Our core Christian values drive us to work tirelessly to nurture, support and challenge each other. The virtue of LOVE underpins all that we do and each of our values; love for God and for each other.
HOPE raises our aspirations and gives us a positive, proactive attitude which helps us endure and persevere. We join with God to make the world a better place.
COMPASSION helps us to love each other and underpins our caring atmosphere where smiles and problems are shared.
WISDOM encourages our independence and determination to learn with and from each other.
FORGIVENESS helps us see each day as a new day where we learn from our mistakes and turn negatives to positives.
THANKFULNESS, shown through praise and joy, cements our appreciation for each other and the world in which we live.
TRUST secures our place in our community as we treat each other with care and fairness.