About Us

In 1896, five Sisters from the Belgian congregation of St Mary of Namur came to Bishop's Stortford and established a school with just 9 students. These pioneering Sisters were the first to provide Catholic education for the district, and the school rapidly became a success. Their legacy is St Mary’s Catholic School, and as we look to the future with high expectations for continued success, their vision continues to inspire us. This is expressed in our aspiration towards academic excellence founded on Gospel values. In practical terms this also means the best possible pastoral care and guidance and the challenge and support of a broad range of spiritual opportunities which permeate through all aspects of school life.

Headteacher - Welcome from Mr Celano

St. Mary’s has a strong tradition of providing an authentic education which aims to deliver excellence for every member of our Catholic community.

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The Aims of the School

the formation of our young people according to Gospel values; the fulfilment of the potential of our pupils in all aspects of the curriculum;...

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Catholic Life of the School

At St. Mary’s, we believe in forming the full person, both in education and in well-being and faith. In school we provide times in which students can partake in a time of reflection and faith-building, in forms of liturgy, retreat, daily prayer opportunities and much more.

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Catholic Academy Trust Conversion

The Consultation period has now ended. Results will be reported to each School Governing body in March.

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School History

The School is built upon a strong foundation of faith birthed by the Sisters of St Mary.  Their story is our story, which starts on May 4th 1896 when five sisters of St Mary left Namur, Belgium, the busy military town which the order was founded and began their mission to start a School in Bishop’ Stortford.

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Inspection Reports

To access St Mary's Catholic School Inspection Reports please click on the link below:

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Policies and References

Please find all the St Mary's Catholic School Policies and References in this section.

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Our examinations system is run by Dorota Swiatlowska,  Examinations Officer.  Exam information including timetables, information to candidates and any other relevant notices will be in this section during each examination period.

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Welcome to the Governors’ section of the St Mary’s Catholic School website.  This section deals exclusively with Governing Body matters and I hope it will convey a broad outline of the role of Governors, tell you the kinds of people we are and show you how we go about our task of supporting the Headteacher and his staff.

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St Mary's Catholic School prides itself on the quality of staff that it employs in educating our young people, our current staff list is available in this section. St Mary's School staff wishing to access school information can do so within this section.

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Upcoming Events

17 May

Year 7 Internal exams week

17 May, 2021 – 21 May, 2021
17 May

Vaccinations- HPV2 (Year 8) Boys & Girls - 1st session

All Day
31 May

Pupils absent (Half term)

31 May, 2021 (4:35pm) – 4 June, 2021 (4:35pm)
07 Jun

Year 10 Internal exams begin

7 June, 2021 – 11 June, 2021