St Mary’s – an outstanding school for academic achievement
St Mary’s is recognised locally and nationally as an outstanding school for academic achievement. Based on our sustained high academic performance over time, the school was approached by central government to become a National Support School in 2011. We are one of just a handful of National Support Schools in the north-east, chosen from the small group of outstanding secondaries across the region. This work entails sharing our best practice to support schools regionally and nationally to raise academic achievement.
We are a core partner in two Teaching School Alliances in the north-east, with the mandate to develop high quality teaching across the region, including the training of new teachers for the profession. In each of our last four Ofsted and Diocesan inspections, St Mary’s academic achievement has been judged outstanding.
Outstanding academic ‘attainment’ at St Mary’s
Our raw results are well above national averages. Over 80% of students achieved A*-C in English and A*-C in maths this year. Over the past two years, the average A*-C pass rate for those studying the separate sciences of biology, physics and chemistry has been 99%, with an average of 60% of students achieving A*-A grades across all three subjects. This year, over 90% of students obtained A*-C in religious education, 57% at A*-A. Results in all other optional GCSE subjects were outstanding too, with 81% of all entries A*-C grades. Many of these subjects achieved A*-C pass rates of over 80% or 90%, including modern foreign languages in which 53% of pupils achieved A*-A. With a Level 2 pass rate of 94%, vocational subjects were also very successful. In fact, 24% of all vocational grades were Distinctions or above. Attainment is very high at A Level too. This year’s results were exceptional, with 85% of students gaining A*-C grades and over 53% achieving A*-B.
Outstanding academic ‘progress’ at St Mary’s
Our ‘attainment’ scores are very impressive, but they are not the most important indicator of our performance. Most important of all is the progress our students make between Year 7 and Year 11. This is a school’s ‘value added’, or ‘pupil progress’ score and it is something that we advise parents to check when evaluating a school. St Mary’s ‘pupil progress’ has been exceptionally high for 6 years in succession. Our Progress 8 score this year of +0.55 will rank us among the best schools not only in the North-East, but in the whole of England when DfE performance tables are published later this term.
You can be confident from these figures that your child will be stretched and challenged to fulfil his or her academic potential at St Mary’s, whatever their starting point. This outstanding pupil progress can only be achieved where teaching and learning, the curriculum and, most importantly, the ethos and behaviour climate of the school are all outstanding, which is the case here at St Mary’s.
|KS2 Ave Points Score||28.2|
|5A*-C with English & Maths||73%|
|English Made Expected Progress||86%|
|English Exceeded Expected Progress||37%|
|Maths Made Expected Progress||80%|
|Maths Exceeded Expected Progress||45%|
|Science A*-C (Best result; out of 203)||78%|
|Humanities A*-C (Best result; out of Entry)||81%|
|MFL A*-C (Best result; out of Entry)||94%|
|% of pupils with entries in all EBacc subjects||47%|
|A*-C in English & Maths||76%|
|Progress 8 Score||0.55|
|Attainment 8 Score||57|