• Choosing St Mary’s

Thank you for considering our school for your child. At St Mary’s CE High School you will always find a welcome that is built on a strong Christian ethos and excellent relationships between adults and students.

We are a happy and inclusive school

Our Ofsted Good report in October 2023 observed that ‘Pupils behave well and treat each other with kindness. Many told us that the best thing about the school is the way the diverse school community feels like a nurturing family’ and in January 2020 the SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspection said St Mary’s is ‘An exceptionally inclusive and caring community’.

Watch our wonderful video about joining St Mary’s

Our Deputy Headteacher, Daniel Worker, explains how the school supports families and students joining the St Mary’s School community at Year 7, and why there are so many reasons to be starting your exciting senior school journey with us.

Visit St Mary’s

We warmly invite you to visit our school; why rely on hearsay and out-of-date or second-hand recommendations when you can see and experience it for yourself?

School in Action tours take place throughout the Autumn Term, open to all parents/carers and children who are considering their choice of secondary school. Places for each tour are limited and booking is open now to reserve your place.


Thursday 5th
Friday 6th
Monday 9th
Tuesday 10th
Wednesday 11th
Monday 16th
Wednesday 18th
Thursday 19th
Monday 23rd
Tuesday 24th
Wednesday 25th


Tuesday 1st
Wednesday 2nd
Monday 7th
Thursday 10th
Tuesday 15th
Wednesday 16th
Monday 21st
Wednesday 23rd

All tours start at 9am for approximately 45 minutes. To reserve your spot:

Open Evening

Thursday 26 September 2024

We also look forward to welcoming you to our Secondary Transition Open Evening, on Thursday 26 September, from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.
● Visit our school
● Meet staff and students
● Hear from our Head Teacher, Mr Richard Vaughan, with talks at 5.45pm and 7.00pm

Booking highly recommended

Meet our Head Teacher

At St Mary’s, we provide a safe, nurturing environment in which we can all flourish. We have the very highest aspirations for our students, their families, our local community, and ourselves.

We challenge students by having a rich and exciting curriculum provision and by making learning practical, engaging and enjoyable. We enable students to succeed by providing the best possible personalised support.

Our hope is that all the young people who come to St Mary’s will work hard, achieve their full potential and enjoy their time with us. We want our students to develop a strong sense of kindness and justice, to have pride in themselves and respect for others, to be emotionally resilient and emotionally intelligent, to have realistic aspirations of themselves, to acquire the qualifications and skills necessary to achieve their aspiration and to be an ethical citizen of the world.

As a school we are committed to supporting your child so that they have every opportunity to achieve their true potential, so they can contribute fully to a society that cares for and values everybody.

We look forward to working in partnership with you.

Mr Richard Vaughan,
Head Teacher

Why choose St Mary’s?

Central to our success is an ethos where we all work together and where individual skills, talents and cultural heritage are respected and valued; where students say they feel very safe and well cared for and where they enjoy their learning.

At St Mary’s we pride ourselves on the very highest standards for everyone in the community. Our work, and the achievements of our students, are regularly recognised as being outstanding and reflecting excellent practice.