Home-School Partnership

At St Mary’s, we are committed to providing your child with an education that will prove to be a solid foundation for a whole lifetime of personal fulfilment. For young people to thrive, learn and achieve, they must feel content, relaxed and secure. At St Mary’s each individual is known and understood and there is a culture in the school community – our staff as well as our pupils – of caring for each other, celebrating successes and working through difficulties. In this environment, our young people develop the strength of character and the self-confidence they need to make the very most of the life that lies ahead.

We strongly believe that the best success is when school, student and parent/carer works together.

The School undertakes to provide:

  • A safe environment where students feel secure and listened to
  • A high standard of education, which acknowledges the requirements of National guidelines, within a balanced curriculum
  • The expectation that all students should make progress inline with their own abilities
  • Regular opportunities for you to share the progress of your daughter, through sharing of work, parents’ evenings, home school diaries and school reports
  • Two written reports each academic year
  • A PSHEE programme to support the girls in making appropriate choices in a range of moral, social and health-related matters
  • Opportunities for students to participate in extra-curricular activities to broaden their learning experiences

We expect parents to agree that they will do all they can to ensure that their daughter:

  • Understands that the school expects them to give of their best at all times
  • Attends school at all required times, and is not absent for reasons other than ill health and in circumstances agreed with the School
  • Always arrives at School punctually, unless extenuating circumstances prevent this
  • Complies with the School uniform requirements, and is in full school uniform on her journey to and from home
  • Maintains the highest standards of behaviour at all times
  • Completes home learning to an acceptable standard in an environment of calm
  • Develops a positive attitude to her peers regardless of gender, race, culture, belief, value, age and need
  • Arrives at School with the appropriate books and equipment (including that required for PE)
  • Respects school equipment

We ask that parents also:

  • Telephone the School by 9.00am on the first day of any unexpected absence their daughter may have, explaining the nature of the absence and the length of time their daughter is likely to be away from School
  • Support the School’s policies on behaviour and anti-bullying
  • Ensure that all School documents are returned promptly, including electronic responses
  • Ensure that School books are treated with respect and returned at the end of the academic year.
  • Avoid taking holidays during term time
  • Written permission must be sought from the Principal for any absence required from school, stating the reason

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