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To unlock every child’s potential as a unique child of God




In 2013, Shenfield St Mary's Church of England Primary School converted to an academy and became a part of the Mid Essex Anglican Academy Trust. Mountnessing Church of England Primary School joined the trust in May 2018.  Bentley St Paul's Church of England Primary School joined the trust in September 2023.


The Trust aims to provide a safe, secure and caring Christian environment, where every individual is an accepted and respected member of the school community. Please read about the vision of the trust below. The children experience a wide ranging, thematic, creative curriculum, learn to the highest standard and have fun too.


There is a shared commitment to effective teaching and learning based on a well-planned and structured curriculum, underpinned by effective assessment. Children should become independent learners within well-organised primary classrooms and learning should be purposeful, matched to developing individual pupil abilities.


There are many positive outcomes for the school and therefore our pupils. For example:


  • the trust will benefit from economies of scale in areas such as payroll costs, training and staffing costs,; this will increase the resources we can spend on teaching and learning for our children;
  • training and development can cross over the whole trust, sharing expertise, raising standards and keeping up to date with new initiatives;
  • staff retention will improve with the trust being able to plan strategically for future leaders, giving them promotion and celebrating skills (staff retention and headteacher appointment is a significant national issue currently);
  • opportunities could be explored to support initial teacher training, developing ‘home grown’ teachers and apprentices (again a national issue);
  • there could well be good teachers and examples of good practice that St Mary’s can learn from (for example Mountnessing is a Forest School); and
  • accountability will increase with the school being compared to other schools in the trust.


The Trust has a long term vision of being four schools working together in partnership, with at least three schools being Church of England Primary Schools. At least two of the schools would be leading school improvement, one school having become a converter academy, with no more than two sponsored schools in the trust.


Mrs S E Taggart

Executive Head Teacher

Our vision:

To unlock every child's potential as a unique child of God


Theological Foundation for Our Vision

Unlocking every child’s potential as a unique child of God.


Unlocking every child’s potential:
God’s desire is for every person to flourish, “I have come so that you may have life in all its fulness.” (John 10:10) Helping people to reach their full potential enables them to flourish in accordance with God’s desire for them. He has prepared “good works” for each of us to do (Ephesians 2:10), and we strive for all people – children, staff, and members of our community – to bring these good works to realisation. By working hard, unlocking every child’s potential, and striving for excellence in our work and learning, we aim to bring glory to God (Colossians 3:23, 1 Corinthians 10:31).

As a Unique:

Our vision recognises the uniqueness of every person. God created every person to be unique and therefore special. Each of us have different gifts and talents. As a community and a school, following the teaching of the bible in 1 Corinthians, we recognise that we are all members of one body (1 Corinthians 12:12-26), and we strive to celebrate that. Just as the body has many different parts that are unique and have different roles, so too our community is made up of unique people that all have something different to offer. The body flourishes when all parts are working at their best. So too, we believe, that when every person is enabled to reach their potential and their unique gifts and talents are celebrated and given room to shine, then the whole community flourishes.

Child of God:

We recognise and believe that every person is created by God in his image and likeness (Genesis 1:26). Thus, we believe that all people are inherently valuable and worthy of love and respect. Every child is God’s handiwork (Ephesians 2:10), fearfully and wonderfully created by him (Psalm 139:14). The bible teaches that God loves each and every one of us (John 3:16) and call us his children (1 John 3:1). This shows our commitment to the whole school family. In Christ Jesus we are all children of God through faith (Galatians 3:26). And so we strive to create an environment where all feel loved, welcomed, and accepted as a child of God.