Spirituality at St Mary’s

Christians believe that God became human and therefore always strive to be the best human they can possibly be. At St Mary’s (and in accordance with the Equalities Act 2010,) we want to help every child to be the best that they can be and have a duty to support our pupils to achieve this; part of this responsibility is to help children develop spiritually.

At St Mary’s Primary School we describe Spirituality as ‘The ability to connect to ourselves, others and the world around us. This enables us to wonder, explore, reflect, love and grow so we can be the best we can be.’

We believe that it is essential to provide all children with a range of opportunities to help them grow spiritually. We believe that spiritual development may not be synonymous with Religious Education and Collective Worship and can be explored through many different curriculum areas.

Opportunities for spirituality are planned for throughout the curriculum, worship and other areas of school life; Such as our two spiritual spaces that pupils and staff can use to reflect, be still and wonder. We also know that spiritual moments can happen at any time during the day and we seek to nurture and encourage these moments through living out our mission statement and spiritual values.

At St Mary’s we believe spirituality begins naturally through learning about the world and life around us. However, this needs to be nurtured and supported to ensure children are given opportunities and experiences to enable them to connect with life in all its fullness.

We all learn from these early experiences and begin to consider and wonder about the world around us, asking and reflecting on the big questions of life.

Lastly, we want our pupils and staff to live out our school mission statement and spiritual values, enabling us all to be the best that we can be.