Monday 13th January 2014 at 7.30pm.
Parents of pupils in the transfer age group are invited to visit the school, accompanied by their daughters.
St. Mary’s School opened in 1961 and works in collaboration with other educational institutions and in partnership with parents, students and teachers to maximise the academic and creative potential of students, enabling them to achieve the highest educational standards, thereby enriching their lives, the community and the economy.
Religious Education plays a very important role in the school curriculum and the work of the Religious Education teachers is fully supported and enhanced by the commitment of the School Chaplain.
In May 2009, the school was designated as a Specialist School in Mathematics and Business. This accolade reflects the high levels of academic achievement within St Mary’s and will ensure that the school will continue to be a leading education provider. The Specialist Status will further our partnerships with local primary and post primary schools, community and business groups in the local area, enriching the students’ learning experiences.
The Investors in People GOLD Award, received in May 2013, acknowledges the school’s four high level strategic aims, Valuing Education, Fulfilling Potential, Promoting Equality and Resourcing Education. This accolade recognises the combined achievements of all staff in ensuring St Mary’s creates an environment that is proactive in embracing change, embedding new initiatives and celebrating success.
The school was designated a Rights Respecting School in May 2011 acknowledging the strong Pastoral Ethos and CEIAG structures within the school, which are based upon a deep appreciation of each individual’s rights and responsibilities, their personal and career development and their active participation as a local and global citizen.
As a ECO School in June 2012, the school community received the highest recognition for their commitment to raising environmental awareness.
In October 2013 the school received The Welcoming School’s Award which acknowledges St Mary’s for embracing a welcoming ethos based on the principles of inclusivity, respect for others and diversity.
KEY STAGE 3:
All pupils follow the Northern Ireland Curriculum. In KS3 pupils are placed in mixed ability classes with additional support for Numeracy and Literacy. Decisions about GCSE courses and other Public Examinations are made at the end of Year 10. The range of subjects offered at KS3 is: Religious Education, Employability, English, Mathematics, Science, Technology & Design, Citizenship, History, Geography, Physical Education, Art & Design, Music, French, Home Economics, ICT, Drama and Personal Development. In addition pupils have the opportunity to become involved in a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities, clubs, educational and cultural trips. As an Extended School, St Mary’s offers further opportunities to pursue learning outside school hours to pupils, parents and the wider community.
KEY STAGE 4:
Pupils in Years 11 and 12 are offered a wide range of General and Applied GCSE’s. In addition to the subjects studied at KS3, pupils can choose English Literature, Learning for Life and Work, Health and Social Care, Careers, Business Studies, Business and Communications Systems, BTEC First (equal to two GCSE’s) in Science, Engineering, Child Development and Occupational Studies. Each Year 11 student is given the opportunity of work experience in June. Pupils find this motivating and a valuable aid to decision making about choices for third level education and future careers.
KEY STAGE 5:
In St Mary’s the students are offered a range of subjects at Post 16 in collaboration with other schools from the Area Learning Community. These subjects include: GCE Art and Design, Applied Business, Biology, Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature, French, Geography, History, Health and Social Care, ICT, Mathematics, Moving Image Arts, Media Studies, Music, Religious Studies, Sociology, Technology and Design, Travel and Tourism and Sociology, BTEC Sports Science and Children’s Care in Education. The students have access to a range of resources in the Learning Resource Centre and an Enrichment Programme extends pupil experiences.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME:
A highly structured Pastoral Programme operates in the school and Year Heads and Form Teachers are responsible for support, guidance and positive discipline. Parents are encouraged to become actively involved in their daughters’ development and progress by attending parent/teacher meetings and supporting the school’s policies. We also have a school counselling service. Pupils are encouraged to develop leadership skills and to take an active role in school life. There are many opportunities to celebrate pupils’ successes throughout the year. School examinations/assessments are held in December and in June. Parents receive reports bi-annually. Parents are encouraged to attend Parent/Teacher meetings which are held annually.
The school is very well resourced with five ICT suites, an editing suite for Moving Images Arts and interactive white boards in every classroom. In recent years facilities in Home Economics, Technology and Design, Music, Art and Design and Physical Education have been extended and refurbished. The school’s fitness suite is available to students and the wider community. Pupils are encouraged to make full use of the computerised Learning Resource Centre and Sixth Form students have access to a supervised study hall equipped with ICT facilities.
School Uniform is compulsory.
RESPECTIVE FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND PRINCIPAL
IN RELATION TO ADMISSIONS TO THE SCHOOL
The Board of Governors draws up the admission criteria. In the event of over-subscription the Governors have delegated application of the criteria to the Admissions Sub-Committee, composed of the Chairman (or his/her nominee) the Principal (or her nominee) and another Governor.
The Board of Governors reserves the right to require such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any Application Form / Transfer Form. The provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information within the deadlines set by post-primary schools can result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability to offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s Transfer Form.
ADMISSION CRITERIA: Admission to Year 8 September 2014 - June 2015
The following criteria will be applied in the order set down by the Board of Governors, St Mary’s High School, Newry, in selecting pupils for Year 8 entry. The criteria will be applied first to children resident in Northern Ireland at the time of proposed admission and then to children not so resident.
Within each criterion priority will be given to pupils regarded by the Board of Governors, on the basis of supporting evidence by parents or statutory agencies, as having special circumstances (medical, social, and security factors). However the school cannot cause or permit the number of registered pupils in Year 8 to exceed the school’s enrolment number as determined by the Department of Education.
It will be assumed that any parents/guardians who wish their daughters to attend the school are in agreement with the ethos, philosophy, aims, policies, rules and regulations of the school.
1. If the school has places available it will admit all girls whose parents wish them to attend. In the event of over-subscription in Number 1 Criterion the following criteria will be implemented.
2. Pupils who normally reside in the following parishes, Donaghmore, Drumgath, Newry, Saval, Upper Killeavy, not listed in any order of preference. Priority will be given to children who have sisters, half-sisters, presently enrolled in the school.
3. Pupils from other parishes where sisters, half-sisters are presently enrolled in the school.
4. Pupils whose parent/guardian is presently a permanent member of the school teaching/ancillary/auxiliary staff.
5. Pupils from other parishes.
In the event of over-subscription in any one of the criteria, taken in order, pupils will be selected on the basis of (1) special circumstances (2) proximity from the home to the school as measured by the shortest walking distance. Priority will be given to those living nearest to the school.