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St Mary's Catholic High School

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Welcome to St Mary’s Catholic High School

From high academic standards to excellent behaviour; aspirational goals and strong traditional Catholic ethos; we offer an education that treats our students as individuals, teaches them respect for themselves and each other, and encourages them to emerge into the wider world as well-educated, well-rounded, ambitious and confident young adults.

As Headteacher, I believe parents are the first and most important teachers of their children...

Patrick Shields - Headteacher

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Our Curriculum

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    Religious Studies

    Religious Studies

    It is our intent through our Religious Studies curriculum to engage, inspire and challenge our pupils, raising awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities in order to respect and understand them.

    Through studying Religious Studies, students will learn how to critically evaluate a range of topics and issues, develop skills in considering evidence and structuring an argument.

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    English

    English

    The English Department has the highest expectations of – and for – our students, which means we are committed to instilling a love of reading and learning in order to create independent, inquisitive and critical thinkers, who are able to make connections and draw links across their learning journey.

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    Mathematics

    Mathematics

    One of the most important and interesting subjects in the curriculum, mathematics helps students remove barriers to success, now and in the future.

    We therefore want all our students to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, to be able to reason mathematically, and to solve problems by applying their mathematical understanding to a variety of problems.

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    Science

    Science

    The Science Department has the highest expectations of – and for – our students, which means we are committed to instilling a love of learning about the world around us and all its exciting, natural phenomena.

    We are dedicated to developing students’ knowledge and skills so that they can be inquisitive and further understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. 

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    PSHE

    PSHE

    Through our PSHE curriculum we aim to help build confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives and enjoy learning. We want our students to become responsible citizens who make positive contributions to society.

    Our PSHE curriculum, while underpinned by our Catholic ethos, includes opportunities to link to British Values as well as Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) developments.

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    Art & Design

    Art & Design

    Through Visual Art & Design Technology students are allowed to creatively grow, build confidence and skills, explore, experiment and take risks. They learn and develop opinions about the art and design world, they are encouraged to foster critical and creative thinking, artistic expression, effective communication and cultural awareness through the delivery of engaging and inspiring topics.

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    Business & Enterprise

    Business Studies

    Through Business Studies our students will develop a knowledge and understanding of the world of business, finance, enterprise and entrepreneurship, along with the with the confidence, skills and knowledge to relate their learning to local, national and global contexts.

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    Careers Education

    Careers Education

    We believe that giving students the best careers education and guidance is vital to improving their motivation to learn and helps them to achieve.

    We are committed to ensuring that students have high quality advice on career opportunities and that they progress onto appropriate courses or employment on leaving the school. It is very important to us to know that all leavers have a plan for their next step.

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    Citizenship Studies

    Citizenship Studies

    We aim to facilitate the development of global citizens equipped to evaluate, assess and make independent and just decisions.  We want student to think critically about their place in British society and the world as well as giving them an understanding of many of the issues which will impact upon their lives currently and after they have left the school.

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    Design Technology

    Design Technology

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    Drama

    Drama

    Drama should make a valuable contribution to a vibrant curriculum so that they can express ideas creatively and confidently, and be receptive to the ideas of others.

    It should lead to a greater understanding not only of performance traditions and forms, but also of political, social and ethical issues.

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    English as an Additional Language

    English as an Additional Language

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    Enrichment

    Enrichment

    Enrichment activities at St Mary's aim to boost our student's confidence to interact socially with others; extend their social networks; and provide them with new skills and abilities. Above all, they offer an important space to have fun and relax away from the pressures of formal schoolwork

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    Modern Foreign Languages

    Modern Foreign Languages

    We want our students to appreciate that Modern Foreign Language is an important part of our students’ education as languages are part of the cultural richness of our society and the world in which we live and work.

    Learning languages contributes to mutual understanding, a sense of global citizenship and personal fulfilment.

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    Geography

    Geography

    In promoting a curiosity about the world for our students, we aim to stimulate an interest in and a sense of wonder about places and people, from the personal to the global.

    We strive to inspire students to become global citizens by exploring their own place in the world and their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and to the sustainability of the planet

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    Social Sciences

    Social Sciences

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    History

    History

    Studying History ensures that our students know who they are, where they’ve come from and how they can contribute to the world they live in.

    We want our students to be explorers of the past, investigating past politics, societies, cultures, languages, health, art, education, money, conflicts and more; looking at how things have developed over time and connect the dots to understand how we got to where we are today.

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    Information Technology

    Information Technology

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    Music

    Music

    All students are encouraged to get involved in Music regardless of their ability, background or talent.

    We focus on skills-based learning to ensure students have transferrable skills to support them across the wider curriculum, including team work, communication,

    We aim to make music engaging and enjoyable for all students.

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    Physical Education

    Physical Education

    Students will acquire the confidence to be involved in sports and physical activities in and beyond school. They will develop leadership and interpersonal skills, respecting themselves and others through excellent sportsmanship.

    Students will understand the importance of resilience and striving to be the best they can be. 

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For entry into Year 7 in September 2022

If you were unable to attend any of our recent open events, but would still like to visit our school, there is still an opportunity to do so by Friday, 22nd October.

Please telephone 020 8686 3837 to arrange an appointment to  see our school in action.

 

Virtual Open EveningTo view our Virtual Open Evening video please click on the image (left).

The short video will give you a flavour of life at St Mary's Catholic High School; a popular school in the heart of Croydon, welcoming applications from Catholics and students of other faiths.