It is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree,
so that the birds come and perch in its branches. (Matthew 13:31-32)
Sow Nurture Grow
Our school family exists to inspire and enable every child to grow from an acorn to an oak: nurtured in the soil of this place and through experiencing our Christian traditions they become strong; welcoming and sheltering others, having confidence in their own value and becoming ready to contribute positively and faithfully in a diverse society throughout their lives.
Our school values of Communion, Agape and Justice further nurture and develops the character of our Marton family; underpinning all aspects of school life and in collaboration with all members of the school family , are lived daily and explored and enhanced through daily worship, special events and on termly Christian Values Days.
In collaboration with Pupils, Governors, Staff and Parents, we agreed that our 3 values mean:
AGAPE (Greek for selfless love; pronouced a-ga-pae)
Love, care, affection, goodwill, kindness, compassion.
Community, creation, thankfulness, friendship, forgiveness, respect, worship, inclusiveness, humility.
Right-action, truthfulness, honesty, responsibility, fairness, courage..
These values underpin all aspects of school life and in collaboration with all members of the school community, are lived daily and regularly explored and enhanced through daily worship, special events and on termly Christian values days.
Our School Context:
“Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level. The school aims to serve its community by providing an 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 its offers to all its pupils.”
After careful reflection we have chosen three values, rooted in the Christian tradition, which express what matters most in our school life. We use these vales as focus for our moral and spiritual development, and you will come across them in many places in school. We focus on each in turn through the school year, and they become the themes of our special 'Christian Values Days' which happen each term. They help us to understand the meaning of our Bible stories and our prayers, and become a guide for how we treat one another.
A Message from the Head Teacher
I feel incredibly privileged to be Head Teacher at Marton and to work with such a dedicated, talented team of teachers, governors and support staff to nurture, educate and empower our children. As a Church of England School our Christian ethos is evident in all that we do, driving our behaviours and beliefs and giving us a very strong identity and firm foundations. With every year that passes I continue to be amazed by the abilities and achievements of our children as they progress on their primary school journey and they make me proud everyday.
Nevin J Deakin