School policies

REOPENING SCHOOL RISK ASSESSMENT

SAFEGUARDING POLICY

RELATIONSHIPS AND SEX EDUCATION POLICY

PRIVACY NOTICE FOR PARENTS

PRIVACY NOTICE FOR PUPILS 

WEBSITE PRIVACY POLICY AND COOKIE NOTICE

PRIVACY NOTICE FOR JOB APPLICANTS

Other policies including those listed below are available by email or printed copy on request from the Registrar: syoung@st-marys-ascot.co.uk

Mission Statement, Aims and History

Admissions Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Behaviour Policy

Complaints Policy

Curriculum Policy

First Aid Policy

Health and Safety Policy

Health and Safety on School Trips Policy

Health and Safety Statement

Rewards, School Rules, Discipline and Sanctions Policy

Special Educational Needs Policy

Staff list

COUNCIL
The Lord Hemphill (Chairman)
Mr Mark Armour
Mr Nicholas Davidson
Mr Peter Davis
Baroness Hogg of Kettlethorpe
The Hon Mrs Olga Polizzi
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
The Hon Martin Hunt (Chairman)
Mrs Annoushka Ayton
Mr Christopher Beirne
Mrs Clare Colacicchi
Miss Jo Ebner
Mr Martin Hattrell
Mr Edward Horswell
Mr Peter McKenna
Mr Gordon Moore
The Rev Dr Dermot Power
Sr Michaela Robinson CJ
Miss Clementine Vaughan
SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Mrs Danuta Staunton (Headmistress)
Mrs Cathy Ellott (Senior Deputy Head)
Mrs Jo Devine (Pastoral Deputy Head)
Mrs Barbara Breedon (Academic Deputy Head)
Mr Andrew Smith (Director of Co-curricular)
Mr Christopher Ellott (Director of External Communications)
Dr Daniel Coughlan (Director of Sixth Form)
Mr Giles Brand (Bursar and Clerk to the Governors)
ADMISSIONS
Mrs Sandra Young (Registrar)
DEVELOPMENT
Mrs Phyllida Dewes (Development Director)
HEADS OF HOUSE
Mrs Kate Jenkinson (Mary Ward)
Mrs Helena West (Babthorpe)
Mr Tom Parsons and Mrs Katie Parsons (Bedingfeld)
Ms Roisin Toner (Poyntz)
Mrs Helen Jansen (Rookwood)
Mrs Valerie Hutchinson and Mr Nigel Hutchinson (Wigmore)

Public benefit

St Mary’s School Ascot has a long history of providing financial support to children who would otherwise not be able to afford a St Mary’s education, and we place great importance on the school’s means-tested bursary scheme. This scheme is funded by the school and the St Mary’s School Charitable Fund (Charity number 800450), which was established for the purpose of providing funds for the St Mary’s School Ascot bursary programme. The scheme operates two types of means-tested bursary: admissions and hardship. Each case is assessed on its own merits and awards are made accordingly, subject to the school’s ability to fund these within the context of its overall budget. This year the value of means-tested bursary awards totalled £542,212. This provided assistance to 26 pupils, of whom eleven benefited from in excess of 80% remission of fees, and eight of these benefited from 90% remission of fees. Information about fee assistance through means-tested bursaries is provided to all applying to the school and is published on our website.

The school undertakes work and activities for the public benefit throughout the year with children from local schools and with the local community, and these are fundamental to the Catholic ethos and spirit of the school, and in line with its charitable objectives.  They are core activities for staff and pupils alike, who welcome them as part of our day-to-day life. The significant investment in time, energy and resources into our work with local state schools reflects our belief that these activities are the most effective way of broadening and widening access to St Mary’s resources to the public, including those in poverty. 

This year we have continued to develop our close relationship with two local state schools with whom we have formal Memoranda of Understanding – Charters School and St Francis Catholic Primary School. St Mary’s engagement with these schools is a matter of normal day-to-day school life and involves both the sharing of resources and the dual use of teaching staff. The examples below illustrate the depth and breadth of our relationship with these schools and our commitment to the charity IntoUniversity:

Charters School - Latin GCSE. This year St Mary’s has again provided a teacher to Charters School to take a GCSE Latin class, taking responsibility for one of the three GCSE Latin modules for gifted Year 11s (the Latin Language paper). Without St Mary’s support, six pupils from Charters School would not have been able to take Latin GCSE this year. The results were impressive, with three grade 9s, two grade 8s and one 4 - all impressive passes. In addition to the teaching, St Mary’s also provides the textbooks, paper, handouts and worksheets as well as support with resources and teacher notes for the Charters Latin teachers.

Sharing of sports facilities. Throughout the year St Mary’s is delighted to share its facilities with our near neighbours St Francis Primary School, including the routine use of our swimming pool (plus four staff) for Years 3 to 5, and the use of our athletics facilities for their annual sports day. St Mary’s enjoys hosting the Ascot schools sports cluster event which brings six local schools together for their Year 5 children to experience a round robin of coaching sessions for all of the athletics events and tennis. Throughout the hockey season we host tournaments for Berkshire maintained schools at U12, U13, U14 and U15 age groups. In addition, the school provides sports staff to act as lead organisers for the District and County athletics for all schools in the Bracknell district and Berkshire, which involves over 20 schools

IntoUniversity. St Mary’s has hosted up to 24 pupils and four staff from IntoUniversity (charity number 1118525) for a two-night residential stay, thereby facilitating primary school children from deprived areas of west London to gain an understanding and taste of university life. The school made no charge for this facility and indeed made available minibuses and drivers for their visit to the University of Surrey.

St Francis Primary School. St Mary’s hosted the St Francis Catholic Primary School summer production of Robin & the Sherwood Hoodies for rehearsals and matinee and evening performances in the Rose Theatre. The performances were seen by all the St Francis pupils and parents and was acclaimed a huge success. St Mary’s provided full technical support throughout the rehearsals and performances.

Other examples of activities carried out this year for the public benefit include:

  • Support to Oxbridge and medical applications, including interview practice, for pupils from Charters School and Mulberry Girls' School, Tower Hamlets. In addition, Lower Sixth pupils from both schools were able to attend an Oxbridge preparation day provided by Oxbridge Admissions, hosted and funded by St Mary’s.
  • Support to aspiring lawyers from Charters School Sixth Form by providing help and guidance for the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT).
  • Russian Club and Mandarin Taster lessons for Charters School pupils hosted and provided by St Mary’s.
  • Provision of a safe but exciting venue for the St Francis Forest School on a weekly basis all year round.
  • Provision of facilities and resources to allow Charters School Music Department to use St Mary’s as an INSET venue.

Council planning conditions restrict the use by others of our athletics and hockey facilities. 

Details of our arrangements with Charters School and St Francis Catholic Primary School can be found on the Schools Together website: http://www.schoolstogether.org

Development

THE NEW UPPER SIXTH BOARDING COURTYARD

The new Upper Sixth Courtyard officially opened on Saturday 30th June 2018. The completion of this ambitious 18-month project heralds an exciting new phase in the boarding life of the school, increasing the space and facilities for all the girls without increasing the school's numbers.

The new Upper Sixth accommodation comprises 64 en-suite bedrooms spread across five houses gathered around an attractive central courtyard. Each house has a large kitchen and dining area, and there are also three new residential staff houses.

In addition, there is a light and spacious pastoral centre containing an amphitheatre-style lecture hall, a multi-use space for modern dance, yoga and entertaining, a reading room, a kitchen, and a series of rooms for meditation, prayer and reading, with clear views across the field and open spaces beyond. The pastoral centre is designed to create a peaceful, calm atmosphere which will be welcoming and inviting for the Upper Sixth pupils.

Our architect for this project, Angus Neil, has worked with us on many projects before, including the Orchard Centre, the Rose Theatre, the refectory and the senior library.

Importantly, the opening of the Upper Sixth Courtyard will not lead to an expansion in the number of pupils in the school. It will merely give us more space. We believe that the school is already the perfect size, allowing every girl to be known and valued by all, while maintaining a Sixth Form strong enough to attract and retain the very best teachers, and offer a full range of academic subjects at A level. That means holding to the current system, with forty boarders arriving in Year 7, joined by a further twenty in Year 9, our aim being that they all stay on for the Sixth Form. 380 pupils is also the maximum number that can fit into Chapel – a very important consideration for a community which meets every morning for prayer.

Therefore, the current Mary Ward Courtyard becomes the Lower Sixth Wing, and Year 11 move into single rooms in the wing of the school formerly occupied by the Lower Sixth. In this way, the new boarding complex benefits not only the Upper Sixth, but the whole of the school, by freeing up space in what had become a rather cramped main building.

Thus we remain faithful to the essence of what has always made St Mary's such a special community and school, and ensure that we can remain unique and special for generations to come.

Job opportunities

Please click below for information about job opportunities at St Mary's.

Application and Recruitment Process Explanatory Note

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Privacy Notice for Job Applicants

 

CURRENT JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Chef de Partie (2) 

52 weeks, 5/7 full time.

Please email recruitment@st-marys-ascot.co.uk for word versions of application forms and job descriptions.

For further information, please contact Mrs Nicola MacRobbie at:

01344 296710

recruitment@st-marys-ascot.co.uk

 

Ascot Alumnae Association

Welcome to the AAA section of the St Mary’s School Ascot website. By the time girls leave St Mary's, they have made some of the most important friendships of their lives, and the Association helps them to preserve, extend and deepen those friendships. It is a thriving network comprising nearly 3000 alumnae based in the UK and in 50 countries worldwide. All our Upper Sixth pupils are invited to join the Association, which then helps them to stay in touch with each other, both professionally and socially, after they have left the school.

In the summer of 2018 we launched AAA Connect, our new online platform for the AAA, which makes it much easier for members to stay in contact with us and each other, to keep abreast of news, to join networking groups, and to find out about reunions and other events. Members are also able to learn more about how to help current St Mary’s girls, for example by offering careers advice, mentoring or work experience. We would love to hear from any alumnae who are not yet members, and who would like to be part of our community.

If you are an Ascot alumna but have not yet registered on AAA Connect, you can do so here.

You can also update your details here.

The Association is run by the AAA Committee, which consists of the Chair, Deputy Chair, the school’s Alumnae Director Cathy Leneghan, and three other alumnae. The Headmistress also attends its three meetings a year as a representative of the school.

We would love to hear from any alumnae wanting to learn more about the Association and forthcoming events, to update their contact details, to give feedback, or to be put in touch with old friends or career contacts.

For more information about the Association, or AAAConnect, or for details about how to join, please contact the Alumnae Director, Cathy Leneghan, at aaa@st-marys-ascot.co.uk or on 01344 296685.

 

Examination results

We are delighted to announce our A Level results for summer 2020. Our Upper Sixth girls achieved 51% A*s and 87% A*-A.

 

We are also pleased to announce the I/GCSE results for our Year 11 girls, who have achieved 66% Grade 9s, 89% Grades 9-8, and 98% Grades 9-7.

 

We are once again extremely proud of all our girls, who have worked so hard and so cheerfully, and we are grateful also for the excellence and diligence of our teaching staff.

 

Please click this link to download the 2020 A Level and I/GCSE results in pdf format.

 

 

 

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St Mary’s Scholarships

Please click below for information on specific scholarships:

If you have any queries regarding scholarships and bursaries, please do not hesitate to contact the Registrar, Mrs Sandra Young, on 01344 296614, or by email at admissions@st-marys-ascot.co.uk.

Academic Scholarships

All candidates sitting assessment for entry at 11+, 13+ and 16+ will automatically be considered for the general academic scholarships.

At 11+ there are three academic scholarships available. The value of each scholarship is 5% of the fees. Candidates sit papers in English and Mathematics and also complete a general paper.

At 13+ there are three academic scholarships available. The value of each scholarship is 5% of the fees. Candidates sit papers in English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies, a modern language (French, Spanish, Italian or German), Latin, and choose from either History or Geography.

At 16+ there is one academic scholarship available. The value of the scholarship is 5% of the fees. Candidates sit an essay paper, meet Department Heads of those subjects they wish to study at A Level, and are also interviewed by the Head of Sixth Form.

Scholarships are tenable throughout the scholar’s time at St Mary’s, subject to certain conditions.

All-Rounder Scholarships

At 11+ and 13+ one all-rounder scholarship is awarded at each age group to a candidate who is likely to contribute exceptionally well to the overall life of the school. The value of each scholarship is 5% of the fees. It takes into account ability in two areas of activity outside of the classroom (art, drama, music or sport) as well as academic potential. Recipients will be selected from the entrance assessments, and the current Head teacher’s reference will be given careful consideration. The scholarship is tenable throughout the scholar’s time at St Mary’s, subject to certain conditions.

Art Scholarship

Award: One scholarship of 5% of the fees

Eligibility: Application for the scholarship is open to those pupils applying for entry to St Mary’s at 11+, 13+ or to the Sixth Form. The scholarship is awarded to a girl who shows outstanding potential in any aspect of art. The candidate must also demonstrate a strong commitment to, and enthusiasm for, art in general. She must, of course, satisfy the academic requirements, as assessed in the entrance examination and interview.

Procedure: Application forms are available from the Registrar from 1 October 2020, and should be submitted by 11 December 2020. Candidates should submit a portfolio of between 10 and 12 pieces of work, not exceeding A1 size, covering a range of different processes and techniques. Ceramics and other 3D work will only be accepted for consideration in photographic form. The portfolio must show evidence of work produced at home as well as at school. Each piece should be clearly labelled with the candidate’s name, age and the date when it was undertaken. All the work should be presented in a folder.

Art scholars are selected on the basis of an excellent portfolio, an art examination and an interview. A written statement should be received by the school from the candidate’s current art teacher.

Candidates will be required to submit their portfolios, clearly named, together with a written statement from their current art teacher, by 9.30am on Monday 25 January 2021. Successful candidates are invited by the Head of Art to sit an examination in either drawing or painting.

Pupils holding an art scholarship are expected to make a strong contribution to the artistic life of the school. They are expected to follow the Art and Design course leading to GCSE.

Music Scholarship

Award: One scholarship of 5% of the fees and up to three 30-minute music lessons per week

Eligibility: The scholarship is open to pupils applying for entry to St Mary’s at 11+ or 13+. The scholarship is awarded to a girl who shows outstanding potential in music. The candidate must also demonstrate a strong commitment to, and enthusiasm for, music in general. She must, of course, satisfy the academic requirements, as assessed in the entrance examination and interview.

Procedure: Application forms are available from the Registrar from 1 October 2020, and should be submitted by 11 December 2020. Please note that the applicant’s current Head teacher must sign the form and that a detailed report from the candidate’s first study instrument teacher must be enclosed with the application form. Parents are asked to send copies of all music, including relevant accompaniments, one week prior to the audition.

Candidates who are selected from their application by the Director of Music will be called for an interview and audition and should expect to be at the school for approximately one hour.

Pupils holding a music scholarship are expected to make a strong contribution to the musical life of the school. They are expected to follow the Music course leading to GCSE.

Sixth Form Scholarship

Award: One scholarship of 5% of the fees

Eligibility: The scholarship is open to pupils applying to St Mary’s at 16+ for the Sixth Form and to current pupils from St Mary’s. Eligibility depends on the candidate satisfying the usual conditions for Sixth Form entry. These are:

  • GCSE results: the requirement is at least 5 passes at grade C or above. Grades B or above are expected in those subjects to be studied at A Level
  • completion of a satisfactory interview at St Mary’s
  • a report from the candidate’s present Head teacher.

In addition, candidates must:

  • have grade estimates from their present school of AA at GCSE in two of the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry or Biology; or in dual award balanced Science
  • intend to take three subjects to A Level in Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Mathematics
  • intend to follow a degree course in a science or science-related subject after leaving school
  • be prepared to sit a two-hour scholarship examination at St Mary’s in Mathematics and Science subjects
  • undergo an interview with the Head of Science.

The successful candidate will be:

  • of sound academic ability in the sciences
  • able to communicate her interest and enthusiasm for science to others
  • willing to help promote an interest in science to younger girls.

Sports Scholarship

Award: One scholarship of 5% of the fees

Eligibility: The scholarship is open to pupils applying for entry to St Mary’s at 13+. The scholarship is awarded to a girl who shows outstanding potential in at least two sports which are played at St Mary’s (netball, hockey, tennis, athletics, and swimming). The candidate must also demonstrate a strong commitment to, and enthusiasm for, sport in general. She must, of course, satisfy the academic requirements, as assessed in the entrance examination and interview.

Procedure: Application forms are available from the Registrar from 1 October 2020, and should be submitted (together with a current passport-sized photograph) by 11 December 2020. Please note that the candidate’s present Head teacher and Head of PE will be asked for a detailed reference. The candidate is required to submit a record of her sporting achievements and any positions of leadership held. In addition, any reference submitted by an external coach is beneficial but not compulsory.

Candidates selected by the Head of PE from their application will be called for an interview and assessment at St Mary’s. They should expect to take a series of practical tests, some relevant to all sports, some specific to the two sports they have nominated, and be interviewed by members of St Mary’s PE department.

Pupils holding a sport scholarship are expected to make a strong contribution to the sporting life of the school.