St Mary’s High School strives to be a Catholic community in which principles of care and respect are valued, with emphasis on the development of the young person through academic achievement, holistic personal development and religious formation. We aim to give every pupil the most appropriate opportunities to learn and develop to become the best that they can be. We take our ethos from Gospel values and work to draw out the potential in every young person.
The most important influences on a child’s values, attitudes and standards are those of family, home and community. We aim therefore, to work in close partnership with parents and carers to encourage all our pupils to have good manners, be kind and develop a sense of responsibility, self -discipline, respect for themselves, for others and for their environment. We recognise that education is a collaborative and cooperative enterprise and that although we emphasise our role in meeting individual needs, those needs must be met within the shared community life of the school and within an atmosphere which is positive, supportive and conducive to learning.
It goes without saying that every member of staff has a role to play in Pastoral Care in St Mary’s. Every teacher is expected to be interested in a child’s overall development and should be trying to encourage good social and moral habits as well as academic potential. The key to any successful Pastoral System and to the success of the school are the qualities, abilities and commitment shown by the form teacher. With such a large pupil population the form teacher is the “lynchpin” of the Pastoral System in St Mary’s. The Form Teacher is supported by the Head of Year, the Head of Key Stage and the Leadership Group.