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Visions and Values

Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.

Our school vision - created by our pupils, our staff and our parents

Our school vision - created by our pupils, our staff and our parents 1

As Headteacher, I would like to welcome you to our school. I hope that you will feel Darton Primary School is the school you wish to choose for your child. We place our children at the centre of everything that we do and we value highly, the positive relationships we have built and the benefits of working in collaboration with parents, the local community and St. Mary’s Academy Trust.


Our vision is to be the best that we can be and we have a lot to be proud about at Darton Primary School. We have a rich, broad and balanced curriculum and we hope to instill a love of learning in all children. We have high expectations and aspirations of all our staff and pupils and we strongly believe in giving children a range of experiences in their time at Primary school that will prepare them both academically and socially for their next stage of their learning.


The school is a happy, stimulating and caring place and we expect high standards of behaviour and good manners throughout the school.

I would be pleased to show you around Darton Primary School, for you to feel the friendly atmosphere here, give you the opportunity to meet the staff and see the children as they work and play together.


Every child deserves to be successful, and our role is to help them blossom, grow and believe that everything is possible.


Ms Jo Lancett (Headteacher)



St Mary’s Academy Trust is a family of schools founded upon our key values, delivering educational excellence in order that each child thrives within our safe and nurturing environment.


The values of the Trust determine our approach to our community and stakeholders




Educational Excellence is delivered through a broad and challenging curriculum which feeds the children’s aspirations, ensuring that they leave us with an embedded life-long thirst for learning and the tools to maximise their future potential.


Care is at the forefront of everything we do. Within SMAT we care by protecting and nurturing children, supporting parents and families, developing staff and maintaining an active role within the Community.


Collaboration is fundamental to our success as we acknowledge the ever increasing wealth of experience, best practice and skill within St. Mary’s Trust and ensure it is applied for the benefit of all. We identify ways to continually expand our links with the Community to provide new sources of skills and opportunity.


Integrity and Respect, underpinned by our Christian Values, are embodied in our ethos. Our staff, children and parents are treated considerately, fairly and consistently; always with due concern for their individual cultural, emotional and religious background.


Robust Governance systems which ensure that responsibilities are clear, allow us to challenge, evaluate and warrant that all funds and resources are applied in a manner which 0ptimises value for money. Building a strong, sustainable, self-evaluating and evolving business foundation, transparently disseminating public funds for the benefit of our children, today and the foreseeable future.