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St Mary's Head Teacher meets Prime Minister David Cameron and the Secretary of State for Education, Jackie 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 are taking place this week (week beg 13th Oct). The first workshops have 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'


It is still not too late to come along - join us at 3.30pm or 6pm on Thursday and make sure that you have tips and advice to help support your child learn better. (NB Year 7/8/9 parents/carers can join the KS4/5 year groups on Thursday).


See attached links for letters concerning this exciting opportunity.

Study Skills Workshop, Key Stage 4 & 5 students and parents/carers

All parents/carers are asked to attend the skills workshop as this will provide simple tips and advice about how to support your child's learing at home. Research indicates that the support of parents/carers with learning is one of the most powerful interventions that can be used to improve attainment and progress.

These workshops have been provided folllowing parent/carer request and a very successful and well received workshop that ran last year. Students can come along with parents/carers - and if parents/carers cannot attend, then an older sibling or relative can accompany your child.

We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday.


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.


SMHS Open Mornings 9 - 10.30am for September 2015 Entry

Parents/Carers and children are welcome to visit St Mary's to tour the school and see our students and staff at work each morning as indicated below. Please contact the school on 01992 629124 to reserve your place. Please note that most primary schools will support you taking your child out of school for these visits.

13th - 15th October


Year 11 Study Support Has Started! (Each week until end of autumn half term)

Monday 8.25 - 8.55am - Science / Maths 1 / Business Studies

Tuesday 8.25 - 8.55am - Science / Maths 1

Wednesday 8.25 - 8.55am - Maths 2 / Business Studies

Thursday 8.25 - 8.55am - Maths 2

Friday 8.25 - 8.55am - Science / Business Studies / Maths 3


Monday 3.10 - 4.10pm - ICT (All ICT Students)

Tuesday 3.10 - 4.10pm - English (All Yr 11 Studetns)

Wednesday 3.10 - 4.10pm - Maths (starts 24th Sept. All students taking Maths P5 plus invited students)

Thursday 3.10 - 4.10pm - Art, Textiles, Food & Product Design (All Art, Textiles, Food and PD students)

Friday 3.10 - 4.10pm - Science (Starting 29th Sept for invited students following assessment checks)

The LRC is open every evening from 3.05 - 5.30pm for study and support with Mrs Askew.


Congratulations to All Year 11, 12 & 13 Students (and their staff) on their Excellent Examination Results!

Students who sat examinations this summer have achieved some of the highest results that have been recorded at St Mary's. At a time when examination standards are increasing and courses and assessment methods have changed rapidly, it is particularly pleasing to see St Mary's students doing so well. The headline figures are:

A Level Results

Pass rate A*-E grades: 97%

Pass rate A*-C grades: 61%

GCSE Results

At least 5 A*-G grades: 100%

At least 5 A*-C grades (not including multiple exams): 72%

At least 5 A*-C grades including English & Maths: 63%


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

Thursday 27th November 2014

Friday 28th  November 2014