Inspection Reports

St Mary’s Independent is inspected by Ofsted.

The latest Monitoring inspection report can be found here. (September 2018)

The latest inspection report can be found here. (March 2018)

A selection of comments from the latest Ofsted report is set out below:


“The school’s Christian ethos is at the centre of leaders’ work. Leaders and governors ensure that staff place the aspirations, needs and well-being of pupils at the heart of what they do. Parents and carers appreciate this, and of the parents who responded to Ofsted’s online questionnaire, Parent View, all would recommend the school.”

“The quality of teaching across the school, including in the early years, is good. Teachers’ subject knowledge is strong and enables pupils to make good progress across the curriculum.”

“Teaching in the early years is among the strongest in the school. Children flourish in their development and settle down to well-established routines from an early age.”

“Teachers have high expectations of what pupils can achieve and know their pupils well. Strong relationships between staff and pupils encourage pupils to participate in a range of activities that help them to learn.”

“External examination results show that pupils’ attainment is well above the national average across the curriculum.”

“The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. Pupils feel honoured to be part of the school and wear their uniform with pride…Pupils are polite, well mannered and have exemplary attitudes to learning.”

“Pupils express themselves well and demonstrate resilience and self-confidence. They have a good understanding of people from different faiths, cultures and backgrounds and demonstrate respect and tolerance for others at all times.”

“Pupils’ attainment is strong, particularly in humanities and science. They are very well prepared for the next stage of their education.”

“The newly revised curriculum meets the needs of pupils exceptionally well and balances academic learning with a range of wider experiences. As a result, pupils are well prepared for life beyond the school.”

“Pupils’ learning is enriched by the wide range of extra-curricular activities that the school offers. Pupils benefit from the opportunity to participate in music festivals, sporting events and a range of other activities. Pupils appreciate this and enjoy the opportunity to compete with pupils from other schools.”

Parent View - Give Ofsted your view on your child's school

St Mary’s Independent School is committed to improving the quality of what it provides. To this end we welcome questions and comments from current or prospective parents with regards to the reports. Ofsted also offers a service called Parent View, which gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about your child’s school, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour.