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, ecompassing 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. Everyone has something to bring to the feast.
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, hope and honesty, inclusion, 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 ‘Passport to the World’ 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 children.
Sue Runciman – Headteacher