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Performing Arts Concert Tour to Germany: Information Evening Tuesday 3rd February 2015

A reminder that students who are interested in being part of the Concert Tour to Germany should attend the information evening on Tuesday, 6.30pm start in the main hall.  Please bring with you a copy of your valid passport and EHIC medical card.  Any queries you may have, please speak to Mrs King.


Krakow School Trip: leaves Friday 30th Jan 2015

The students and staff have now arrived in Poland safely and are looking forward to a busy and interesting weekend.


Embracing Change Conference : Run by DSPL4

Click on this link to access further information on this conference.


Understanding my Teenager's Brain free Course: Run by the Children's Centre

Click on this link to access further information on this course.


Friday 16th/Wednesday 21st January 2015: Year 10 BTEC ICT Examinations

ICT examinations will be on Friday and Monday morning in ICT rooms. Past papers to support revision can be found on the VLE. Parents/carers are asked to encourage students to revise thoroughly for these exams. The results will count towards the final grade awarded for ICT.


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

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 Open Evening held last term, is available on the Sixth Form/Courses pages on this website.


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


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.  


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. 


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


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 


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 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.