St Mary's School

The children are at the heart of everything we do.

We are committed to providing a rich, varied and exciting curriculum for all of our pupils. We offer a wide range of opportunities for children to learn in different ways, catering for a range of learning styles, using the IOM Essentials for Learning Curriculum Framework. This means that our pupils learn to work both independently and collaboratively, developing an understanding of themselves as learners and recognising the ways in which they learn most effectively.

Our curriculum is creative and innovative, with our staff delivering high quality teaching and learning through cross-curricular, thematic activities; an approach that our pupils find engaging and inspiring, thanks to the variety and range of different activities on offer, and which allows them to make connections between the different areas of learning.

We recognise the hugely positive impact that sport and exercise can have on young people, and so we are devoted to providing opportunities for our pupils to take part in physical activities, whether competitively or simply to keep healthy and have fun.Our curriculum recognises the growing role of technology in all our lives, and we ensure that our pupils develop the skills to make the best use of this in order to support their learning and are given ample opportunities to become comfortable, effective users of Information and Communication Technology. Of course, we also do everything we can to make sure that your children are able to operate within this space safely and responsibly.

Our curriculum also includes a commitment to helping our pupils learn to learn; we believe that children should develop an understanding of how they learn most effectively, reflect on their own progress and be involved in identifying their own ‘next steps’, thus developing the skills to be a successful learner for life.

We believe in ensuring that all of the above is underpinned by a focus on the key skills of Literacy and Numeracy; full proficiency in these allow our pupils to fully enjoy and engage with the learning opportunities at our school, and in all areas of their life.