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Welcome to St Mary's Catholic High School

About us

St Mary’s is an 11-18 Catholic Voluntary Academy serving North East Derbyshire. We are a thriving, highly successful and over-subscribed school with a long and well established reputation. Indeed, our record of academic achievements is outstanding, with examination results consistently well above the national average.

The aim of the school is to help everyone in the school community to grow in faith and to make the most of their innate ability. The culture and ethos of the school is one where we all have high expectations of one another, we recognise that everyone learns differently and that making mistakes and taking risks are both part of learning.

Our students are wonderful, they are our ambassadors: hardworking, friendly, fun to be with and genuinely pleasant and polite young people. They are supported by an outstanding team of staff who are united in encouraging and challenging all our students to be the best they can be.

There are many aspects of life which are important for our children, not just exam results, but also human wholeness, laughter, fun, caring for others and spirituality. These qualities will remain with them for the whole of their lives if nurtured in the right way in our school. At St Mary’s our extra-curricular activities are an essential part of a young person’s development and all students are encouraged to profit from the wide range of activities on offer. Whatever their talents and abilities they will have opportunities to succeed. Different children have different abilities and aptitudes. Many may not know what their own are when they join us simply because they may not have been given the opportunity to find out. I see our role as helping to provide those opportunities, developing talent and celebrating achievement (academic and non academic).

You will find our school friendly and inviting. If you pay us a visit you will be met with courtesy and politeness from students and staff alike.

I am extremely proud to be Headteacher of St Marys Catholic High School. I believe we are an excellent school. Ofsted judged us to be Outstanding when they visited us in October 2012.

S McClafferty

St Mary's Catholic High School
Newbold Road
Upper Newbold
S41 8AG

St Marys Catholic High School Academy Trust is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with Company Number 8107212 and has a registered office at Newbold Road, Upper Newbold, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 8AG.

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Trip Safety Notice

Following the recent tragic events in Paris, some parents may be concerned about travel safety with regard to forthcoming St Mary’s school trips and exchanges in 2016. Please be re-assured that we always refer to the Foreign Office website for updated information and we are always alert for when the Foreign Office advise against travel to a particular place. (The Foreign Office website is updated daily and contains specific guidance for each country- see link below). There are no plans to postpone any of our planned trips abroad in 2016 but we will continue to monitor the situation and we will heed all advice from Derbyshire Local Authority and from the Foreign Office. If you have any concerns you wish to discuss further please contact the trip leader or Mrs Cain.