A rich education is more than simply learning reading, writing and maths. It is about helping a child grow into their full potential as inquisitive, well balanced and cheerful adults. As a Christian school we nurture children to display the ‘fruit of the Spirit’, which is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). At St Mary’s you will find children growing in mind, body and spirit as they form good relationships with each other, the staff and discover a faith which will sustain them in a rapidly changing world.
As our motto has it: “what we nurture today flourishes tomorrow”.
Welcome to St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School.
Situated in the rural village of Fownhope, a few miles from the city of Hereford, our school is part of a vibrant community, including the beautiful St. Mary’s Church.
The school has 150 children on roll, aged 4 – 11, taught in seven classes in the mornings and six in the afternoons. We also have a pre-school catering for children aged from 2 upwards.
We pride ourselves on our warm atmosphere, friendly welcome and clear sense of purpose. Children and adults genuinely enjoy their time here and motivation is high. The true measure of our school is the confident, caring, well-rounded children.
We provide a caring, Christian ethos for the school, which inspires a shared enthusiasm for life and learning. We recognise the potential in every child and will help them to develop as confident, rounded individuals equipped to be successful in the modern world.
A Church inspection of the school took place in May 2014 and found the school to be ‘outstanding’ in its distinctiveness and effectiveness as a Church of England school. The inspection concluded that:-
- All leaders and staff show a strong commitment to an education based on Christian values.
- High academic standards are complemented by excellent opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural education.
- Imaginative pupil-centred worship is at the heart of school life.
- Pupils show excellent caring behaviour and genuine motivation as a result of the school’s commitment to Christian values.