At St Mary's, we are committed to working in partnership with parents to ensure that our pupils have the best support for their learning and development.
Current parents are very welcome to contact the school to discuss their daughter's progress and any issues arising at any time, and we ask that in return, parents keep in contact with us. If you are unsure about any aspect of life at St Mary’s, please feel free to call the School Office on 01206 572544 for advice. The Office staff are more than happy to help.
Communication with school
There are many people to whom you or your daughter can come for help if you become worried or unhappy, in addition to the school “Buddy” and “Listeners System” run by the PSHE department.
Please telephone the school (on 01206 572544) and arrange an appointment or ask to speak to your daughter's Year Group Leader, form tutor, subject teacher (if a particular subject poses a problem), Miss Jones (Director of Senior School), Mrs Vipond (Principal), or any other member of staff with whom you feel at ease.
The Office Staff will also be happy to help, or to steer you to the right person.
It does not matter if aproblem seems a trivial one: please feel able to speak to any of us, to sort it out before it becomes a major worry. A further source of support may also be the website www.mydaughter.co.uk which aims to give advice on raising and educating girls.
If your daughter is unwell, please telephone the school on the first day of absence to let us know she will not be attending. We will contact you if your daughter has not arrived and we have received no notification, to check she has not vanished en route. Please send a note when she returns after an absence
If your daughter is to be absent for reasons other than illness, for example for dental appointments, or a dance examination, please let us know in writing, in advance, as we are required to keep records. We would like you to aim for, and encourage full attendance. Absence for family holidays are at the Principal’s discretion.
It is vital that the School has up-to-date emergency contact numbers, in case your daughter is taken ill or has an accident. If your contact information should change, please inform the school office as soon as possible so that our records can be updated.
Visitors to the school
All visitors must report to the office on arrival, sign in and sign out again before leaving.
Please check with the Office staff first if you need to speak with your daughter or a member of staff. Do not walk around the school without notifying the office staff, even if you think you know exactly where to find your daughter - fire regulations require us to have a written record of all those on the premises.
If you are transporting your daughter by car, please try to drop off and collect within the school grounds. St Mary's does operate its own network of school buses, which are only for the use of St Mary's students and are driven by St Mary's employees - please see the Transport page of the school website for full information. Areas not covered by St Mary's buses are served by routes run by other school bus companies - these are also listed on the Transport web page (parents should contact the transport operator directly to enquire about available places and costs).
Reports and Parents’ Evenings
Staff at St Mary’s are committed to keeping parents informed of their daughters’ academic progress.
Students at St Mary's are assessed at least twice every half term. Years 7 to 10 students receive two interim and one full report per year. Year 11 receive one interim, one full and one pastoral report.
Years 7 to 10 parents are invited to school for two contact evenings per academic year. Year 11 Parents' Evening takes place in January.
If you are worried
In addition to the school Buddy and Listeners System run by the PSHE department, there are many people to whom you or your daughter can turn for help if there are any questions or concerns. All staff at St Mary’s are dedicated to your daughter’s well-being and your peace of mind as a parent.
Please feel free to telephone the school to speak to a member of staff with whom you feel at ease or you feel is most appropriate given the nature of the issue:
- Your daughter’s form tutors (each tutor group has two members of staff assigned to it)
- The Head of Year
- Your daughter’s subject teacher (if a particular subject poses a problem)
- Miss Jones, Director of Senior School
- Mrs Vipond, Principal
- any other member of staff with whom you feel at ease.
- The Office Staff will also be happy to help, or to steer you to the right person.
Even if the problem seems a trivial one, please feel able to speak to any of us, to sort it out before it becomes a major worry.