This term our Year 7 artists have been exploring the formal elements in Art, mastering their drawing and painting skills. By observing the work of Leonardo Da Vinci, Claude Monet, and Henri Matisse to inspire their pencil, ink and paint techniques further. This is Michaela’s art project so far.

Ms Papadopoullos

(with preferable subject specialism in product design) September 2024

Main Pay/Upper Pay Scale plus TLR1a

We are seeking an ambitious and dynamic Technology specialist who is an excellent classroom practitioner and is able to provide outstanding leadership for students in all key stages including at ‘A’ level.  The Head of Technology will report to the Deputy Head and be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Technology curriculum, and the attainment and progress of students. Technology is a thriving department with a wide range of subjects, including Product Design, Textiles, Food Technology, and Hospitality and Catering.

St Mary’s CE High School is committed to providing a safe and caring learning environment, founded on our Christian principles. We continue to develop an excellent standard of education for all students, allowing everyone to achieve their full potential regardless of ability or background in a safe and inspiring community.

The Ofsted inspection of 2023 stated that:

“The school has a well-designed, ambitious curriculum. This is evident in the good quality of pupils’ learning demonstrated in lessons and in their books.”

“Pupils live up to leaders’ expectations of their behaviour. Pupils follow the well-established routines in lessons and usually focus on learning.”

And that “Pupils are proud of their school.”

St Mary’s CE High School is one of three church secondary schools in Hertfordshire, all of which are within the Diocese of St Albans. The school is well recognised in the local community for its high-quality provision and outstanding inclusion agenda.

The SIAMS report of January 2020 said that we have “an exceptionally inclusive and caring community”.

Please complete the St Mary’s application form which is downloadable from the website.

Please note that safeguarding students of the School is a priority.  All appointments to posts in the School are made through stringent adherence to the requirements of ‘Keeping Children safe in Education’. As there is a high degree of contact with children an enhanced disclosure will be sought for this post through the Criminal Records Bureau as part of pre-employment checks.

Application Deadline: 9am on 15th March 2024

Interviews: TBC


The Year 11 football team have progressed to the semi final of the district cup by winning two games in a week. The first game, a comprehensive 6-2 victory over Robert Barclay, goals coming from Luca, Josh, Blessing, Harrison and a brace from Hassan.

The quarter final was a much sterner test for the team against a strong Simon Balle side. In challenging conditions, they had to battle through wind, rain and a boggy pitch. They quickly realised that their free flowing football was not going to work and set plays were the way to succeed. St Mary’s took an early lead with a long throw from Cinar, Harrison flicked the ball on and Blessing timed his run perfectly to tap the ball in. St Mary’s defense were up against it in the second half,  Simon Balle managed to equalise as a deflected effort found a way past Jake, and the sides were level with 10 minutes left to play. With penalties looming, Cinar’s long throw came into effect again, in what felt like de ja vu a long throw flicked on by Harrison and Blessing snuck round the back post and headed into an empty net. St Mary’s held on to win 2-1. A home semi final awaits after half term.

We welcomed 58 Year 5s from Bonneygrove Primary School to a morning of discovery this week with our Festival of Learning hosted by the History, Geography, RS and PSHE departments.

The children, accompanied by six Bonneygrove staff, enjoyed the 10-minute walk to St Mary’s from their school and spent a busy morning learning about the Second World War, writing to their MP (supporting the persuasive writing work they are currently doing in school) and even uncovering a local myth involving a dragon and an unusual burial site! Every child will receive a certificate from St Mary’s to show for all their hard work.

The next Festival of Learning for local primaries, hosted by our Maths department, takes place on 12 March.

Our Year 10 students had a fantastic opportunity to get a head start on their journey into the working world with their Wexability Day. It was a day packed with practical advice and hands-on activities to equip them for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

First off, we had Kate Carter, Head of Apprenticeship Training at iSales, sharing her insights into the world of apprenticeships. Kate’s presentation wasn’t just informative; it was eye-opening. She gave us a glimpse into the array of apprenticeship options available and offered valuable tips on how our students can stand out from the crowd with their CVs and impress potential employers with their skills and attitude.

Following Kate’s inspiring talk, our students dived into a series of workshops aimed at polishing their job-seeking skills. From crafting compelling CVs to mastering the art of interviews, they were given the tools they need to confidently navigate the job market.

But it wasn’t all about landing the job—our students also learned about the importance of health and safety in the workplace and their rights as young employees. This vital information not only empowers them to navigate their upcoming work experience placements with confidence but also fosters a culture of responsibility and conscientiousness.

At St Mary’s, we believe in preparing our students not just academically but also for life beyond the classroom. The Wexability Day was a prime example of how we’re committed to equipping our students with the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to thrive in the real world.

As these Year 10 students embark on their forthcoming work experience journeys, they do so armed with not just theoretical knowledge but practical skills and a profound understanding of the professional landscape.

Another eagerly anticipated visit from St. Mary’s beloved therapy dog, Godfrey, was orchestrated to coincide with ‘Feeling Good Week’, spanning from February 5th to 9th. Godfrey, a sprightly 6-year-old Border Collie, along with his devoted owner Pam, generously dedicate their time to volunteering with Therapy Dogs Nationwide. This esteemed national charity facilitates visits by trained volunteers and their temperament-tested canine companions to various establishments, offering solace, diversion, and stimulation. Extensive research has underscored the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapies, ranging from bolstered overall health and wellbeing to heightened confidence and enhanced communication skills. Notably, Therapy Dogs Nationwide is increasingly recognised for its role in organising stress-relief sessions and fostering general wellbeing within educational and corporate settings. Godfrey’s palpable enthusiasm for his role shines through in his interactions with both staff and students during group sessions. The profound sense of calm and relaxation experienced by all participants following their time with Godfrey is a testament to the invaluable contribution he makes to their wellbeing.