Information & Latest News

Wishing everyone in the St Mary's CE High School community a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

We look forward to seeing you all again in 2015. 


Tuesday 6th January 2015: First Day of Spring Term

Students return to school on Tuesday 6th January 2015 for a normal day in school starting at 8.25am. Please make sure that uniform and equipment is checked prior to return so that we can make an excellent start to our work without distraction.


Week Beg 12th January 2015: Year12/13 Practice Exams

A reminder that Year 12/13 Practice Exams are scheduled for week beginning Monday 12th January. All post 16 students need to be preparing thoroughly for these examinations over the Christmas period.


Friday 12th December 2014: Christmas Jumper Day for Charity!

Student and staff had the option to wear a Christmas theme jumper for a small contribution to charity.  As you can see from the picture below, our community really got into the spirit of the day! Students and staff raised over £500 for charity. Well done to Student Voice for organising such a successful day and thank you to everyone who contributed.


 Christmas Jumper students


Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th December 2014:  CSAW Production

Wednesday and Thursday evenings saw the production of "A Time to be Counted", a modern story of the Nativity produced by St Mary's and partnership church primary schools. As in past years, all the students who took part did a wonderful job and all our guests really enjoyed the performances.


CSAW Dec14


Applications to Join the Sixth Form & Leadership Centre now open for Sept 2015

Our Post 16 Evening was held on Thursday 4th December.  If any student would like an information pack. including an application form, for our Sixth Form & Leadership Centre, please contact the School. Information from the evening is available on the Sixth Form/Courses pages on this website.


Wednesday 3rd December 2014:  St Mary's Dance Show 7-9pm 

Another outstanding evening of Dance by St Mary's students showcased the talented individuals and groups we have in our school.  One comment by a Governor who attended says it all .. "What an enjoyable evening - the performing arts goes from strength to strength". 


Dance Show 4Dec14


Tuesday 2nd December 2014: STEM Conference for KS4/KS5 Girls 6- 7pm

St Mary's was pleased to host a STEM Conference that saw inspirational speakers (including Kate Bellingham a former BBC Tomorrow's World presenter and graduate engineer) talking about their career experiences and the opportunities that are available for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers.  


Charity Round Up!

Friday 19th December 2015: Christmas Jumper Day

Students and staff raised £500 through donations to wear a Christmas jumper (please see item above).


Friday 14th November: Children in Need (Superhero) Day

The grand total that has been raised through donations to dress as a superhero or in own clothes, and from the sale of wristbands, is £926.40! An amazing amount that will go a long way to support children around the world. Thank you very much to everyone who took part and/or made a donation. (Pictures on Students/Community & Charity Work).


Christmas 2014 Samaritan's Purse International Operation Christmas Child

St Mary's students have now finished sorting and wrapping the donations made to the Samaritan's Purse (Christmas Shoe Box) Appeal. A total of 73 boxes have been created and sent down to the distribution centre. A big thank you to everyone who donated items or complete boxes. Congratulations to the RAOK (Random Act of Kindness) student group who collected, sorted, wrapped and transported the present boxes under the guidance of Mrs Shah - well done on such a fabulous result.


Shoebox Appeal Nov14


Governor Newsletter Issue 1 

The Governor Newsletter can be viewed on the About St Mary's/Governance page by clicking the link at the bottom of the page. 


Tuesday 18th November 2014: Inter Faith Sharing Supper 

Inter Faith Week is a UK-wide programme of events and activities that inspire, engage and connect people with faith matters. Inter Faith Week 2014 runs from 16-22 November. St Mary's was delighted to host a Sharing Supper where local community leaders from many faiths, as well as local families and business leaders came together to share multi-cultural food.

"Inter Faith Week is a time to highlight the contribution of faith communities to our shared lives, to increase understanding between and about faiths and also between those of religious and non-religious beliefs. It provides a tremendous platform to get more people involved, share good practice and look at both the opportunities and challenges of living well together in our diverse society”. (Quote from the Inter Faith Network trustees.)


 Inter Faith Supper Nov14  

11th November 2014: Remembrance

All members of the St Mary's community were asked to wear a poppy this week, and today the school had a very moving Remembrance Service in the amphitheatre. All students, staff, governors and clergy joined together in prayer and reflection.


 Remembrance 11 11 14 pic1


Remembrance 11 11 14 pic2

Year 10 & 11  Timetables for Study Support Autumn Term Second Half

The timetables for Yr 10 Study Support Timetable and Yr 11 Study Support Timetable have now been published and can be found by clicking on the links in this paragraph.

All students need to be studying each evening to establish good study habits and routines. There should be a balance between study and some social activities in student timetables. There is however, a great deal of work to be covered and no student will be in a position to claim that they have no study activities.


Christmas Shoebox Appeal - Samaritan's Purse

St Mary's students have chosen to support the Samaritan's Purse Christmas Shoebox Appeal again this year and have made a significant collection of gifts. The shoeboxes, filled with small Christmas gifts, will be distributed to children around the world.


A very big thank you to everyone who contributed and supported this appeal.


Addams Family Production: Hertford Theatre Week Beg 26th Oct 2014

Six St Mary's students were involved in the fabulous production of The Addams Family that played last week. The cast picture below shows the brilliance of the makeup, costumes and characterisation. Well done to Louis, Amy, Shannon, Naomi, Daniel and Dominic all of whom are sixth form members of the Phoenix Performing Arts Academy.

                        Adams Family production Oct14 

Staff CPA Days (school closed to all students except by invitation)

Thursday 27th November 2014

Friday 28th  November 2014 


St Mary's Head Teacher meets Prime Minister David Cameron and the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan

Stephanie Benbow was among a group of Head Teachers and Leaders in Education invited to a reception at Lancaster House on Tuesday 14th October. The group heard a speech by the Prime Minister about the Government's plans for the future of education and the role that free schools will take in those plans. Mr Cameron and Mrs Morgan both expressed their thanks to educationalists who are working so hard to deliver high standards in schools across the country. The picture below was taken on the stairs of Lancaster House.


SB Free School with PM Oct14

St Mary's Study Skills for Students and Parents/Carers

These workshops took place in week beg 13th October 2014. The first workshops received really positive feedback from parents/carers including:


'I enjoyed the session. I have not only got information to support my children but a wealth of knowledge to change my personal support for my child'

'I am glad that I made the effort to attend. As a parent the session has given me in depth knowledge towards my journey in parenting'


St Mary's on Sky TV Celebrating Outstanding Behaviour for Learning!

Students and staff were really pleased to be asked to contribute to the headline story for Sky News on Thursday 25th September. The news item focussed on a report published by Ofsted about the impact of low level disruption in classrooms. Our students and staff were able to talk about the high standards and expectations at St Mary's. The school was selected as a result of our reputation for use of robust Behaviour for Learning Policies. The clip and news story can be viewed by clicking on the links below.