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  • St Mary's Catholic School
    Bishop's Stortford
    CM23 2NQ
  • Head: Mr A Celano
  • T 01279 654901
  • F 01279 653889
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Hertfordshire
  • Pupils: 950; sixth formers: 175
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Open days: Late September
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • 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 says..

Regular music and drama performances in a dedicated theatre involving large numbers of pupils in everything from Cabaret to Coldplay liturgies. Have choirs, orchestra, recorder group etc. First class newish sports centre complete with under-floor heating, cricket nets, new kit etc. Praise from all quarters. Pupils say school is incredibly caring and any problems are swiftly and effectively dealt with. Discipline straightforward, firm. Aims to produce well-rounded youngsters with values they can defend. Ideal for…

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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 30ove 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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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.

Academic matters

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...

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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
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
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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