At St Mary’s we understand that children thrive best in a happy, loving environment. The supportive framework of our pastoral care includes highly experienced staff and small teaching groups. Our teachers get to know and understand the needs of each child, providing both stability and a sense of continuity. Intensive tuition helps each child to maximise their potential and derive the most benefit from their precious years at school.
In Years 7 – 11, classes have a Form Tutor who meets the students twice a day to give advice and monitor both personal development and academic progress. The Tutor is also an important link between parents and the school. Formal examinations take place twice each year, after which, detailed progress reports are provided to parents. In addition, regular meetings keep parents informed of students’ development. In Year 11, students are assigned to a mentor who helps particularly with academic progress. Careers advice is given and each senior student is guided by professionals in this area.
The students are encouraged to help each other and assist with the running of the school. Many senior students become prefects and are given a wide range of responsibilities. Because it is sometimes easier to talk through a problem with a friend, our ‘Buddy’ system invites Year 11 students to make friends with younger students. An anti-bullying policy is in place and actively operated.
St Mary’s is a Catholic school which welcomes all faiths and the College Chaplain plays an important role in the pastoral care of the students. The College has its own chapel, where Mass and liturgies are celebrated on a regular basis. Assemblies, Worship and Days of Recollection are an integral part of College life. These form the key elements which help to nurture St Mary’s both as a College and as a family community.