St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
About St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy
St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy is a co-educational, Catholic secondary school with academy status in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent. There are approximately 1,072 students on the school roll, across the 11-16 and sixth-form provisions. Tunstall is located to the north-west of Stoke. The population is roughly 6,000 and it is known for its history of pottery and textiles.
At the beginning of each academic year, sixth-form students at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy visit the campus of a Cambridge college. The school is named for a 16th-century Catholic martyr, who was executed during the reign of Elizabeth I for assisting a priest to escape from prison. The most famous former student is singer-songwriter Robbie Williams.
Values and vision
The core values of St Margaret Ward are perseverance, integrity, independence, fulfilment, and love. These qualities create an environment of inclusivity and foster the desire of pupils and teachers to reach and even exceed expectations.
The secondary school's students and staff grow together on their faith journey, with daily opportunities for prayer and reflection. Pupils are encouraged to see God all around them, in each other, and in themselves. There are assemblies and other acts of worship each week for students in different year groups.
“St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy is a vibrant and welcoming school that radiates a shared ethos that everyone is a valuable and valued individual. You, supported by leaders, governors and directors, have built a strong community, established on shared values, where, as one pupil told inspectors, ‘everyone has a place and they belong to the school'.’’