Hello and welcome. I’m Sue Runciman, and as Headteacher, I believe that working in close partnership with parents is fundamental in ensuring that each child achieves his/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.
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 has been recognised by OFSTED in 2018, when it was confirmed that we are a good school, providing well for all our children.
Our school is driven by our values - those that have been determined by our community as representative of our Church of England school, as well as those that have been identified as quintessentially British by our government – tolerance, democracy and the rule of law. At Shinfield, we include the following as our most important values – creativity and collaboration, hope and honesty, inclusion and infividuality, love and loyalty, determination, respect, enjoyment and nurture – and these link to many other values that the children are always keen to tell us about. You will notice that, if you ignore the 'double letters', the initial letters of our values spell out the word 'CHILDREN'.
The year has started well, with a huge drive to link our learning together and familiarize the children quickly through our ‘Our World of Belief' project. Our children have been enthused and motivated by this, and it has given them all a great springboard into the year of learning.
If you have any questions, concerns, or celebrations to share with 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 to leading our school forward together in the service of your childiren.
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.