The Arts, Technology and Sport

The Arts

St Mary’s has a strong tradition of performing arts and drama, with a superb whole-school production every two years.

Music is very important to life at St Mary’s. Girls in Years 7-9 have specialist lessons and Music is a popular choice for GCSE, with an excellent success rate. A third of senior pupils learn an instrument. Our established team of experienced instrumental teachers offer lessons on the flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophones and brass, violin, viola, cello, guitar (acoustic and electric) drums, piano and voice. Lessons on other instruments can be arranged if there is a demand. The teachers prepare and enter those students who wish to apply for Associated Board, Trinity/Guildhall and Rock School examinations.

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 study the basic skills in Drama that will equip them for further study at GCSE, or give them the confidence they need to go out into the world and deal with the people and situations they will meet. Art at St Mary’s is of a very high standard. Our lively studio is the perfect creative environment for St Mary’s artists to refine their ideas and use a range of media to create artworks that are intelligent and considered.


ICT is studied by students in Years 7, 8 and 9 and ICT is offered as a GCSE option.

Practical skills in Textiles are taught from Year 7 through to Year 9. Fashion and Textiles is a popular option at GCSE.

All students in Years 8 and 9 study Food Nutrition. Students learn a wide range of practical and organisational skills, enabling them to produce high quality food products, which meet national targets and encourage good health. Hospitality and Catering is offered in Years 10 and 11.

Physical Education

The PE Department encourages all students to achieve their own potential and look to develop enjoyment and enthusiasm through the wide variety of activities on offer at St Mary’s. Our motto is that enjoyment is as important as excellence! As well as timetabled PE lessons, a range of clubs take place at lunchtimes. Girls of all abilities are welcome, as are those who wish to improve, or just to enjoy the activity without wanting to participate in fixtures.

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