Hello, and welcome to our school web-site. At Shinfield St Mary's CE Junior School, we believe that working in close partnership with parents is fundamental in ensuring that each child achieves his or her full potential. When children know that their school and their families share the same values, they are much more likely to make good progress and thrive.
As a Church of England School, inclusivity means everything to us, and our community reflects that. Long ago, Church of England Schools were set up for all children, and this distinguishes us from faith schools, which are for the faithful: everybody is welcome here.
Our values are simple, clear, and easy to remember:
Creativity, and Collaboration
Honesty, and Hope
Inclusion, and Individuality
Loyalty, and Love
(See what we did there?).
In addition to these values, we teach the children about those which have been designated by our government as 'British Values', and which we believe are at the heart of all societies that nurture their people, across the world: tolerance, democracy and the rule of law.
At Shinfield St. Mary’s we actively develop a love of learning. We immerse our children in meaningful experiences as often as we can, encompassing academic, moral, social, physical and spiritual development.
We work closely with our sister school, Shinfield Infant & Nursery School, to provide the best local environment for our children, from Nursery to Year Six. There is an ongoing friendly professional dialogue across the schools, that addresses the needs of all children.
It is my great pride and privilege to have been leading Shinfield St Mary’s C of E Junior School since 2014. There have been many changes, and together – children, staff, parents, governors – we have built, and we make, a fantastic team, in which everyone has something to bring to the feast. This was recognised by OFSTED in 2018, when it was confirmed that we are a good school, providing well for all our children.
At the beginning of every year, we immerse the children in a project that involves them all and which is linked to all learning. Over the last few years, this has included an involvement in the 'Take One Picture' initiative, run by the National Gallery (we had work exhibited there!); 'Passport to the World' - every class had a country to study, and all children visited every one, with their 'passports', at the end of the three weeks (they were even stamped!), and 'Our World of Belief', in which we studied the five major religions of the world, and also focused our work on Christianity upon the many versions of the cross, and the many ways in which it provides comfort across the world. All this work leads into learning about all cultures and many creeds, and teaches the children that we are all equal, though we may not be the same.
This year, the children's immersive project will be about 'Belief Expressed Through Art', and will be vital to the development of their inferential skills as they 'read' the paintings. This will all link to, and add to, their learning in other subject areas. We have found, every year, that these three weeks not only engender confidence in the children's new context in school, and focus and engage them in their learning; they also motivate us, even more, to make the rest of the year as exciting as the start of it!
Our school has a strong focus on caring for the world: our bio-dome and raised beds produce plants and flowers that are sold in support of Launchpad, a local charity that supports homeless people, as was recently reported on ITV News. This big and important idea came from a child, who was eagerly supported by his friends, and then by the whole school, in his wish to do something to end homelessness. We love the fact that this initiative came from the children. Our focus has been for some time on the concept of helping others, not through a sense of charity, but through a sense of social justice, so it is clear to us that this feeling is strong in our children, who always make us feel proud. They know that our whole values system can be summed up in the two words 'Be kind' - but that in order to be kind, they must also be kind to themselves in the long term: doing their best in all subjects, and making sure that they work hard to enrich the time to come.
If you have any questions for us, please don’t hesitate to make contact, either by talking to your child’s teacher in the first instance, or, for those of you who are new to us, by contacting the office directly.
I always look forward to meeting our parents, and at the start of a new academic year, there are ninety new ones to meet! To all of you, welcome! I think you are going to enjoy being a part of our wonderful school community.
Sue Runciman – Headteacher
New Data Protection Regulations
On 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which are changes to the current data protection regulations, will come in to effect. The school and the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust regard the protection of personal data relating to children and parents/carers as a very important matter.
On this website, in accordance with best practice, we have published our updated data protection policy and Pupil Privacy notice. The Pupil Privacy notice outlines the pupil information that we collect, hold and share, including the lawful basis about how we use this information. Both documents can be found here.
If you would like a printed copy of the data protection policy and privacy notice, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.