St Mary's Church of England High School
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
About St Mary's Church of England High School
St Mary’s is an 11 – 19 co-educational, comprehensive school with Academy status currently with 1200 students on roll. The current school was planned to allow growth from a five form entry school to an eight form entry school following the move of the school to Lieutenant Ellis Way. There is an eight form entry year group in each of the current Years 7, 8 & 9 with 240 students offered places for September 2019. Our current sixth form has 140 on roll and is due to grow to 200 as the larger year groups progress through the school. At full capacity the school will have 1400 students.
St Mary’s provides a safe and caring learning environment founded on Christian principles of respect for each other and the environment. The School is committed to providing an excellent standard of education for all students allowing each individual to achieve their full potential regardless of ability or social or cultural background.
The School has a strong inclusion policy and is recognised as a high performing, inclusive, multi-cultural learning community. Some 35% of our cohort travel to St Mary’s from Enfield, North London and Essex and transfer from over 45 different primary schools. Approximately 56% of our students are of Black or minority ethnic origin making St Mary’s very different from surrounding secondary schools and those normally associated with Hertfordshire.
The Senior Leadership Team (SLT) comprises of the Head Teacher, three Deputy Head Teachers, Business Manager, Assistant Head Teacher and an Associate Senior Leader (two year post held by our Director of English & MFL), who meet weekly and work closely together with each leading on a range of whole school strategic areas.
The School is organised into seven Teaching and Learning Areas, each of which is led by a Director supported by Subject Leads, Subject Coordinators and technicians. The Teaching & Learning Areas are: English & MFL; Maths & IT; Science & Technology; Humanities; Performing Arts; Inclusion and the Sixth Form.
There is a Year Lead for each of the year groups in school, including one for Year 12 & 13. Each Year Lead is supported by a non-teaching Student Manager and these colleagues move through the school with their year group so that strong relationships with students and their parents/carers are promoted. Most teaching colleagues are also form tutors responsible for the pastoral care of up to thirty students.
The school has a strong safeguarding team reflecting the governors’ commitment to keeping students safe and promoting student welfare. The Safeguarding Officer, DSPs and Counselling Service (Place2be) work as part of the Inclusion Team.
Students are expected to be responsible for their own learning and caring for their school environment. They are provided with a range of opportunities to be involved in a wide range of enrichment and extracurricular activities. Students are also involved in the operation and work of the school through Student Leadership Initiative (SLI) and Year and School Councils.
Collective worship is an important aspect of our community life and reflects the status of the School as a Church of England school. The opportunity to meet in groups and share quiet time in reflection before the start of the school day is valued by staff and students alike. The meeting of groups for Collective Worship or for Acts of Worship in tutorials also provides opportunities for Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE) and contributes to the personal development of students.