St Mary’s Catholic High School is proud to be a Catholic School believing that we are all part of God’s creative process and that we are here to make the world a better place. Our vision and ethos are intrinsically linked to our Catholic Christian faith but our values are universal and apply to all schools. That is we are all working for the common good and aiming to build a school community where the contribution of each individual is valued and relationships are characterised by co-operation and generosity of spirit. It is through our relational behaviour that we demonstrate our commitment to our mission statement to Live Love and Learn in the Light of Christ.
St Mary’s is a school which nurtures faith and where all are challenged to be the best that they can be. We have Religious Education at the centre of our curriculum, to which we devote over 10% of curriculum time in Years 7 – 11. We believe that a thorough understanding of our Catholic Christian values, of what it means to be religious, of a variety of religious standpoints, especially the major world religions and of those who do not have religious faith, is essential to understanding what it means to be human and alive in our contemporary world. At the heart of this is our view that religious belief and practice must liberate pupils in their living and their thinking, allowing individuals to be fully human and creative. Fundamentalist and extreme practice can be identified when this liberating and positive view of the world and of life is missing.
St Mary’s Catholic High School is proud to be a comprehensive school serving children from a wide catchment across Northern Derbyshire. Learning daily from each other, pupils enjoy cultural diversity and richness of tradition and know how to live harmoniously with those from different backgrounds and experiences.
St Mary’s Catholic High School is proud to be a British school maintained by Diocesan, local and national government authorities and to be held to account by them as appropriate. We appreciate that we are enabled to flourish in a country which respects life, cultural diversity, hospitality, equality of all and enshrines these values in law, upheld successfully by our long standing parliamentary democratic tradition. These values – Catholic, international, religious and British – merge and complement each other in our work and in our fundamental mission. In our community therefore, we humbly attempt to systematically live out these values, for example, in our strong emphasis on pastoral care, in our curriculum especially RE, PSHE, Citizenship, our collective worship, our student councils, our daily behaviour, relationships and choices.