Gender pay gap report 2021
As required by the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information Regulations 2017) the gender pay gap at St Mary’s has been calculated in order to show the difference between the average earnings of men and women across the school. The calculations were based on the workforce on 5th April 2020.
The school uses salary scales for teaching staff and hourly rates of pay for domestic and catering staff, thus ensuring equal pay for men and women. The gender pay gap is a result of the roles that men and women are employed in and the salaries these roles attract.
The workforce at the school consists of 75.5% women and 24.5% men. The mean gender pay gap is 9.8% and the median pay gap is 13.8%.
The percentage of males and females in the different earnings quartiles are as follows:
Upper Middle Quartile
Lower Middle Quartile
St Mary’s School Ascot is committed to equal opportunities irrespective of gender, and training and promotion opportunities are open to all.
Other policies including those listed below are available by email or printed copy on request from the Registrar: email@example.com
Mission Statement, Aims and History
English as an Additional Language 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
|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|
|Mr Martin Hattrell|
|Mr Edward Horswell|
|Mrs Annie Lee|
|Mr Peter McKenna|
|Mr Gordon Moore|
|The Rev Dr Dermot Power|
|Sr Michaela Robinson CJ|
|Miss Clementine Vaughan|
|Ms Louise Wilson|
|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)|
|Mrs Sandra Young (Registrar)|
|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)|
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
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.
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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.