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Aims to produce well-rounded youngsters with values they can defend. Unlike some local schools, St Mary's does not practise backdoor selection so has, the head stresses, a truly comprehensive intake. Some grumbles from pupils that they don't always get individual attention, particularly in larger classes. School says, 'In part, our drive to increase standards has raised the demands...

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What the school says...

St Mary’s Catholic School is a high performing non-selective Catholic School. We are a Christian community dedicated to living out the Gospel’s teachings and values: ‘Students’ attitudes to learning are exemplary. Endeavour, trust and kindness prevail’ (Ofsted). We provide an excellent education as our Ofsted report of October 2012 confirmed: ‘There is an uncompromising quest for excellence’ (Ofsted)
We are committed to raising standards of achievement through increased quality of teaching and learning: ‘Teaching is outstanding. Teachers’ expert subject knowledge inspires students’ (Ofsted)
Rapid progress is made for all pupils throughout the school. ‘Achievement is outstanding in all key stages. All groups of students make excellent progress’ (Ofsted).
We have developed a vibrant outreach programme with our Catholic feeder schools to ensure a smooth transition for pupils from Year Six to Year Seven and extending extra-curricular opportunities and experiences within the community. St Mary’s has maintained impressive examination results for our all-ability intake. Our core subjects are achieving almost 30% above the national average. ‘The sixth form is outstanding... due to skilful teaching and highly personalised suppor for students’(Ofsted). Thus at A level 100% attained passes at A – E with 53% attaining grades at A – B grades and 73% at A – C. All our leavers went to further education, employment or university.

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OFSTED Outstanding school - This school has been named as an outstanding School in HMCI of Schools Annual Report. England only - does not include ISI inspected schools.

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Special Education Needs

The SEN provision at St Mary's is high quality: SEN staff are well qualified, dedicated and experienced. However, this high quality provision is limited by funding, and most applicants to the school are very able in academic terms. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
BESD - Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulty
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired Y
Visual Impairment

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