Welcome to our school website.
My name is Clive Lambert and I have the privilege to be head teacher of St Mary’s RC High School. There are around 750 boys and girls from all parts of Herefordshire and beyond in our school community. We are the only Catholic secondary school in the county; just over 50% of our pupils are baptised Catholics, the remainder are made up of other faiths.
We have been designated a National Support School; our most recent Ofsted (2013) called us ‘good’ and the Section 48 inspection (2014) said we were an outstanding Catholic School. Our recent GCSE results have placed us among the high performing schools in the country.
However, we believe that the very favourable outcomes that we have are as a consequence of our values and philosophy. If children are happy, secure and feel well looked after then they will succeed. We want them to leave us as young people who have a desire to continue learning, the skills to be autonomous and resilient and to have purpose in their lives through an understanding of what it means to be a Catholic/Christian.
Our school is underpinned by Gospel values; the teachings of Jesus are the foundation stones upon which the school is built. The values of Humility and Gentleness, Truth and Justice, Love and Peace are vital to us and in the words of Pope John Paul II, “…to teach means not only to impart what we know, but also to reveal who we are by living what we believe.”
This means that we try our very best to look after our pupils by developing strong and trusting relationships between the children and ourselves. Good relationships are vital at all levels in the school. We try to foster mutual respect and respect for where they are. This is manifest in the high expectations that we have for appearance and behaviour. In this way pupils show that they are pleased and proud to belong to our ‘family’ at St Mary’s.
We need to build resilience within our pupils so that they can learn to overcome problems that are bound to confront them. We find that a focus on learning and how we do it significantly contributes to the well being of the children.
Furthermore we try to ensure that lessons are taught by enthusiastic teachers, who will engage and interest the pupils. In this way we give pupils a desire to learn more, take on fresh challenges and build their self-confidence. In addition we offer a wide range of extra curricular activity, which enhances the pupils experience of the school and serves to further develop their awareness of the value of working together for the good of the community.
I hope that you find the content of our website helpful and informative and you are welcome to visit us at anytime where our pupils will be proud to talk about and show you their school.