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At St Mary's our pupils follow the National Curriculum but it is differentiated according to the individual needs of each child.

Key Stage 2 (7-11)

Key Stage 2 is delivered through an integrated day approach. We are able to explore a wide variety of ways to support the development of learning and communication. Our aim is to ensure that as pupils leave KS2 they have the independence, communication and learning skills to fully access the curriculum as they move onwards through the school.

Key Stage 3 (11-14)

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is delivered through a secondary style approach for most pupils. Pupils have a tutor class and are taught by teachers who deliver the curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to take greater ownership of their own learning and develop the organisational skills and flexibility which they need to be able to be independent young adults. We do recognise this is not appropriate for all pupils and as such have an alternative provision reflecting closer the Key Stage 2 provision for some of our learners.

Key Stage 4 (14-16)

At Key Stage 4 pupils begin to follow accredited courses which meet their ability levels. They begin to consider what future employment and hobbies they might wish to follow in adult life so that they can develop the skills they need to pursue these ambitions.

Key Stage 5 (College, 16-19)

Our college is in a separate, modern building on our main site. College pupils are increasingly independent and confident. Pupils have the opportunity to choose subjects they wish to study from a selection. Pupils will leave us with a range of BTEC, Entry Level and Level 1 and 2 awards. An important part of our curriculum in Key Stage 5 is developing work skills through the Aspire Vocational Centre. This leads to work experience opportunities in Year 13 and 14.

Latest News


Term 5 Newsletter 21-22

Dear Parents and Carers, Welcome to our latest St Mary's Newsletter. Thank you to all parents/carers who completed the parents’ questionnaire last term, 97% of parents/carers reported that their child is happy at St Mary’s. 97% of parent/carers reported that their child feels safe at school. 97% of parents/carers would recommend St Mary’s to other parents. Your feedback is always welcome and helpful in continuing to improve our communications and partnership working. This term saw our KS3 pupils having the opportunity to participate in a residential activity trip. The week provided a busy schedule of outdoor activities and 3 nights away from home. The pupils were amazing, they embraced the activities with confidence and resilience. The staff team were astonished by the pupils personal achievements and their behaviour throughout the trip, they retuned to school at the end of week suitably tired! This term St Mary’s received our Ofsted Reports for both Education and Social Care (Residential). We feel the reports really capture the ethos of the school, our hardworking staff team and most importantly our wonderful young people who make St Mary’s what it is. The outcomes represent such significant improvement since the school was last inspected in February 2019, we are so proud of the achievement and how amazing the pupils were during the inspections. Our Easter provision was a huge success and pupils enjoyed a range of exciting activities. We are delighted to share that we will also be offering provision for two week over the summer holidays, further details on this will be sent out shortly. We are really excited by next term as it is packed full of events including; swimming galas, sports days, leavers prom, leavers assemblies and we are holding our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and 100 years of St Mary’s celebration day. I would like to take the opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy half term and I look forward to welcoming pupils back to school on Tuesday 7th June (residential pupils the evening of Monday 6th June).
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Term 4 Newsletter 21-22

Dear Parents and Carers, We have had a fantastic, exciting and full Spring term! St Mary’s have participated in, Science week, World Maths Day, National Careers week, sports competitions and attended a Careers fair off site. During these events the pupils behaved impeccably making St Mary’s very proud of them and enabling us to take part in more activities in the future. We celebrated world book day on Thursday 3rd March with the pupils dressing up as their favourite book characters, there were some incredible costumes, we obviously have some very talented parents/carers! On Friday 18th March we had a non school uniform day to show our support for Red Nose Day and the Ukraine Appeal, we are so grateful to you all for your generosity and enabling us to raise £334.74 for Ukraine and £120 for Comic Relief, thank you. In amongst all of these wonderful events we have celebrated this term we had an inspection visit from Ofsted for the Residential Provision followed by an Inspection in School and College just over a week later! Our pupils meet with the inspection teams during this process and we are so proud of each and everyone of them for their behaviour and showing the inspection team what wonderful young people they are! Over the Easter break we are really pleased to be offering Easter Provision again for the first week, it will be full of fun Easter related activities for the pupils! I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and to wish you a wonderful , safe and happy Easter. We look forward to welcoming the Residential pupils back in the evening of Monday 18th April and day pupils on Tuesday 19th April.
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