Information & Latest News
Theme for Week A Beginning 1st June: Truth
Summer 2015 Examinations : Timetable now on the website
Click link here or view under About St Mary's/Inspection Report & Exam Results page
FINAL REMINDER: Year 12 and Year 13 Students Business Studies Exams
Business Studies Coursework FINAL deadlines are below. Coursework MUST be completed and submitted in time.
Year 12 - Unit 4
Assignment 3 deadline 4th June
Year 13 - Unit 13
Assignment 3 deadline 3rd June
Year 11 Religious Studies/Philosophy & Ethics Revision Materials
A list of resources and activities to support revision for the second RS examination on 11th June can be found by clicking on Students/Enrichment & Study Support and then KS4.
* School Uniform Special offer from Smiths for the whole summer! : for details see School Uniform section under Parents/Carers *
St Mary's judged 'Outstanding' in latest Church School Inspection!
St Mary's welcomed Kathryn Wright, SIAMS Inspector, on Tuesday 12th May who carried out a Section 48 Inspection of our school. This inspection looked at the impact of our Church school status on the standards of education and personal development of our students. St Mary's received a judgement of 'Outstanding' which, because of the new inspection framework that is used to judge schools, reflects exceptional standards. The Governors of St Mary's are delighted with this validation of our work and very proud of all the students and staff at St Mary's. Click on this link for the full report.
There are many positive statements made in the report including:
'The inclusive and personalised approach to learning...makes certain that every student can fulfil their potential' and
'...those joining the school during the academic year talk about the friendship, welcome and support from students and teachers.'
Thank you to all our students, staff, parents/carers and partners for the ongoing support of the school and the drive to achieve the very highest standards and outcomes for each and every one of our students. Congratulations to every member of the learning community who has worked so hard to place our Christian ethos and values at the centre of our very successful work.
St Mary's will have its next Section 48 Inspection in 2019/20.
Friday 8th May 2014: VE Day Service
A special service was held at the end of Friday 8th May when the St Mary's community gathered in the main courtyard for collective worship to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day.
Prayers were said for those who gave their lives in war and thanks were expressed for the freedoms we now enjoy as a result of the sacrifice of others.
Friday 8th May 2015: Appeal for help for those who are suffering in Nepal
The Random Act of Kindness Group and Christian Union organised a coin collection and cake sale on Friday 8th May to help the people who have been affected by the earthquake in Nepal. Students and staff donated spare coins to create almost 100m of coins. Thanks to the Year 7, 8 & 9 students who helped Mrs Shah and Miss Douglas to lay out the coins and measure them, (and to the students who volunteered to help pick them all up again after school!!) The total raised was £537.40 which has been split between Christian Aid and Tearfund's Nepal appeals.
Thursday 7th May 2015 St Mary's Memorial Garden
Bishop Richard of Bedford visited St Mary's on Thursday to formally open and bless our new Memorial Garden. The Garden was the idea of Student Voice who suggested that a special place should be created in which students could sit quietly. The garden will also serve as a place where we can remember students, staff and special friends of the school who have passed away. The garden has been designed by Student Voice and constructed by Mr Letchford our School Gardener. Students would like to thank TJ Evers, (the construction company who are building our extension), for their kind donation of the time and materials to create the slabs on which the benches have been secured.
Topping Out of Our New Extension Block!
After opening the Memorial Garden, Bishop Richard was taken by St Mary's Student Ambassadors to the new extension where he performed a 'Topping Out' ceremony. This is a tradition to mark a new building being made watertight and an opportunity to give thanks for our new building. Students and the Bishop saw how the new building is progressing from the inside and to see at first hand what the new Humanities classrooms, Science laboratories and Technology workshops will look like.
To mark the occasion, the Bishop, students and guests signed the inside of a ridge tile that will be placed onto the roof and will act as an everlasting mark of the ceremony.
Sports Awards Evening: Thursday 30th April 2015
The Annual Sports Awards evening celebrating the sporting successes of St Mary's students over the past year took place on Thursday 30th April in front of a packed hall. Congratulations to all of the students who have taken part in sporting activities over the past year. Particular congratulations to Meleika Daly who won the Sports Personality of the Year Award. Meleika is currently ranked 1st in Hertfordshire and 29th in the UK for her sprint events - a future athletic star!!
Phoenix Performing Arts Academy Germany Tour 30th April - 4th May 2015
Phoenix Academy students have returned after a succcessful performing arts tour to Germany to perform a series of concerts.
The group were very well received performing in front of very receptive audiences who asked for encores. Congratulations to all performers and thanks to Miss King and Mr Crosby for supporting the tour and to Mr Whitehouse for looking after Music while they were away.
You can see the Choir in action by clicking on the following links:
St Mary's Prayer Box
A Prayer Box is now available and ready to be used. It has been set up following a request from Student Voice and can be found to the left of the entrance to the main hall. It is for the whole community to use as and when anyone wishes. A note pad and pen have been left by the box so that students, staff and visitors to the school can write their prayers onto the note paper and then place them into the box. The prayers will then be blessed during collective worship by the clergy.
Founders Day Service at St Mary the Virgin Church, Tuesday 28th April 2015
On Tuesday this week the Year 7 year group walked to the Church to attend the annual Founders Day service. The service commemorates the life of the late Robert Dewhurst, founder of the Dewhurst Trust which was created in 1642 to provide education originally for poor boys in the area, and later for girls as well. Both St Mary's CE High School and Dewhurst St Mary's Primary School are supported by the Trust.
St Mary's Celebrates its 5th Birthday on the new site!
On Friday the staff and students of the school celebrated the 5th anniversary of the opening of the new school site with individual cupcakes, baked by Year 10 students and the Food Technology staff. In all, over 1,200 cakes were made and individually iced, a major achievement - and they were delicious!
St Mary's judged to be a 'Good School' by Ofsted January 2015
The governors of St Mary's are pleased to share the outcome of the recent Ofsted inspection of St Mary's that praises the work of the school and describes St Mary's as a 'good school' and 'a rapidly improving academy' where ...'students achieve well in a wide range of subjects including English and maths.'
A copy of the inspection report, along with a more detailed letter about the inspection and Governors' response, will be provided for all parents/carers via email. A copy of the inspection report can be found on the Ofsted website and by clicking on this link.
Thank you to all parents/carers who provided such positive feedback to the inspection team via ParentView and to students and staff who worked so hard to show St Mary's at its very best. Congratulations to everyone!