St Mary's Catholic School A GSG School
- St Mary's Catholic School
- Head: Mr A Celano
- T 01279 654901
- F 01279 653889
- E firstname.lastname@example.org
- W www.stmarys.net
- A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
- Boarding: No
- Local authority: Hertfordshire
- Pupils: 950
- Religion: Roman Catholic
- Open days: Late September
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
- Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
- Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
- Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
- 1 Full inspection 11th October 2012
- Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 17th October 2007
- Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
What The Good Schools Guide says..
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...
What the school says...
St Marys Catholic School is a high performing non-selective Catholic School. We are a Christian community dedicated to living out the Gospels 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 Marys 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. ...Read more
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What The Good Schools Guide says
Since April 2015, Mr Andrew Celano BSc MEd, previously deputy head at Sir John Lawes School in Harpenden and a past pupil at St Mary's. He has also been assistant head at St Edmund's School.
Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups in year 7, with setting only for maths, additional setting later. GCSE results are good with year on year improvements; 73 per cent gained five A*-C including maths and English in 2016. At A level, 50 per cent A*-B grades in 2016; sociology, film studies and English literature popular options. Alternatives to traditional A levels include applied courses, BTec performing arts and NVQ business.
SEN well looked after with successes celebrated via a 'caring to achieve' board. Nine children have statements, plus others on SEN register. Range of SENs...
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 Syndrome [archived]|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|Delicate Medical Problems [archived]|
|English as an additional language (EAL)|
|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|
|OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability|
|Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|PD - Physical Disability|
|PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty|
|SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health|
|SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication|
|SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty|
|Special facilities for Visually Impaired||Y|
|SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|VI - Visual Impairment|
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