William Martin CofE Schools and Nursery
Part of the Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust
Vision, Aims and Christian Values
Experiencing life in all it’s fullness.
Jesus said, ‘I have come so that they may have life in all its fullness’
John 10: 10
Our Christian Vision
We seek to create a safe, respectful, enquiring community where everyone goes the extra mile to inspire high aspirations, a love of learning and a strong sense of well-being, and every child flourishes, builds character founded on Christian values, and experiences ‘Life in all its fullness’.
The Aims of our School
At William Martin Schools, we recognise that education involves children, parents, staff, governors, the community, The Vine Schools Trust and the responsible authority, and that for the very best benefit all should work closely together to support the process of learning.
Working in partnership we aim to:
- Provide all our children with the opportunity to experience ‘Life in all its fullness’ John 10: 10, by inspiring high aspirations in every child and giving them every chance to become the very best that they can be.
- Recognise the needs and aspirations of all individuals and provide opportunities to make the best possible progress and attain the highest possible achievements.
- Use our carefully chosen Core Christian Values of Responsibility, Friendship, Perseverance, Justice, Courage and truthfulness to help children build character that will give them a strong foundation for their future.
- To celebrate difference and individuality within our community which is founded on mutual respect.
- We strive to create a deep sense of well-being, self-belief, self-discipline and self-respect and positive attitudes in every child.
- We want every child to learn in an environment where they feel safe to share their opinions, try new things and learn from their mistakes.
- We aim to inspire independence and a life-long love of learning.
- We seek to foster an enquiring approach to life, where children think carefully about ‘Big Questions’ and ask questions of their own.
Our Christian Values
Responsibility: We take responsibility for our actions
Friendship: We all get on together
Perseverance: We persevere to become our very best
Justice: We believe in being fair and reasonable
Courage: We have courage at all times
Truthfulness: We are always truthful
We share booklets with parents and children each half term so they can reflect on our values at home as well as at school:
Courage (Autumn 1)
Trust (Autumn 2)
Perseverance (Spring 1)
Justice (Spring 2)
Courage (Summer 1)
Truthfulness (Summer 2)
Our School Rules
Our British Values
At William Martin School we take seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, SMSC, PSHE, Citizenship and Philosophy lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives. The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, sporting events, educational visits and use of events and visitors to the school. Their strong rooted values-based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.
Sir William Martin, Sheriff of Essex, made the first provision for elementary education in Harlow, in his will. In this, he left funds to maintain a school for twenty scholars, but the bequest was not to take effect until after the death of his widow.
Mrs Martin outlived her husband by 65 years and during this time temporary accommodation for the school was provided by building a schoolroom onto ‘The Hermitage’ a house still standing in Tye Green Village. It was not until 1777 that Sir William Martin’s will was carried out and the school was built. It is still standing next to Broadfields school and is now known as Nexus House.
The present school was built in 1958 and is situated on a large site of approximately 5 acres which we share with the Infant School.
An Introduction to our school
Founded in 1958 the Nursery, Infant and Junior Schools sit on a spacious 5 acre site, with extensive facilities.
We were thrilled when the Infant and Junior School achieved “Good” in their September 2022 OFSTED Inspections and June 2019 SIAMs inspection.
We are a trauma Perceptive Practice School, where we embrace the collective ambition for all students, staff and parents to have the values and mindsets of:
- Compassion and kindness, instead of blame and shame,
- Hope instead of hopelessness,
- Connection and belonging rather than disconnection.
This Schools offer accommodation for 420 children between the ages of 4—11 years and have an excellent team of experienced teaching staff. In addition, the school has a well purpose built, well equipped Nursery, which provides care via morning and afternoon sessions for up to 24 children.
The Schools offer 14 spacious classrooms, each with their own toilets, art and wet areas as well as a carpeted area. All classes have interactive whiteboards, and a broad range of teaching resources to support children’s learning. The grounds are pleasantly landscaped with a variety of pathed, grassed and wooded areas.
The schools have two halls and a fully equipped kitchen that provides fresh food every day. The grounds contain a large playing field around, two large separate playgrounds, an allotment, two sets of purpose built outdoor play equipment, a wooded area, and separate play areas for Reception and Year 1.
Sports teams from the school compete locally, regionally, it also holds the Gold Active Mark and acclaimed Enhanced Heathy School’s Award and Healthy Eating Award for the second time. The school is a member of The Harlow Education Trust.
The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing and welfare of our children and staff, we aim to offer a safe and secure environment in warm family atmosphere
We have an on-going investment program for the school, we have recently upgraded the boundaries of the school, including automated gates for accessing the school. We are currently working on installing a new ICT suite, planning a new Library and raising money for a sensory room.
We recognise the importance of investing in our facilities to ensure our children receive the very best education we can provide.
‘The child is a worker and producer … Each
has a great and difficult task to perform:
to produce from within themselves, an adult.’
‘It takes a whole village to raise a child’
(An Indian Saying)
*Please see our latest OFSTED Reports (2022) and SIAMS report (June 2019) which endorses the fulfilment of our vision.