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St Mary's CofE High School

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St Mary's CofE High School

phone: 020 82032827

headteacher: Mrs Kate Roskell


school holidays: via Barnet council

325 pupils aged 13—18y mixed gender
1221 pupils capacity: 27% full

175 boys 54%


150 girls 46%


Last updated: June 18, 2014

Secondary — Voluntary Aided School

Education phase
Religious character
Church of England
Establishment type
Voluntary Aided School
Establishment #
Close date
Aug. 31, 2016
Reason closed
Result of Amalgamation
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 523162, Northing: 189668
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.592, Longitude: -0.22344
Accepting pupils
11—18 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
June 11, 2013
Diocese of London
Region › Const. › Ward
London › Hendon › Hendon
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Admissions policy
Main specialism
Humanities (Operational)
Investor in People
Committed IiP Status
Sixth form
Has a sixth form
Free school meals %
Learning provider ref #

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  16. 0.6 miles St John's CofE Infant School NW43SL
  17. 0.6 miles St Mary's CofE Junior School NW43SL
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15 October 2013
Kate Roskell
St Mary's CofE High School
Dear Mrs Roskell

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to St Mary's CofE High

Following my visit to your school on 15 October 2013, I write on behalf of Her

Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report the

findings of my visit. Thank you for the help you gave me and for the time you made
available to discuss the actions you are taking to improve the school since the most
recent section 5 inspection.
The visit was the first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in June 2013. It was carried out
under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.
Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring
improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection. The school should take
further action to:

 Ensure that the needs of the more able students are consistently met and

reflected in the action plan.


During the visit, meetings were held with you and the senior team, two groups of
students, three teaching assistants, four members of the governing body and a
representative from the local authority to discuss the actions taken since the last

inspection. The school’s improvement plan was evaluated. Students’ books,

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monitoring of teaching and documents relating to governors review and their work
were scrutinised.


Since the section 5 inspection, 16 teachers, including two senior leaders and 11
support staff, have left the school. Their departure is linked to the phased
contraction and planned closure of the school in August 2016. Five new teachers
have been appointed. The school is now located on one site and includes students
from Year 9 through to the sixth form.

Main findings

The strengths noted in the section 5 report remain, including the determination of all
leaders and staff to improve standards. Governors have acted decisively to increase
their expertise by implementing some of the key recommendations in the review of
their work. A reorganised and smaller governing body, including the Joint
Operational Team, is drawing on the educational and financial expertise of members
to raise standards. Governors indicated that this group is working more efficiently
and have benefited from training. While they recognise that more training on data is
needed, documentation on their work indicates that they are monitoring teaching
and linking it well to students’ achievement’ and staff appraisal.
Your vision for improvement is clearly addressed in the strategic improvement plan.
You pointed out that the Ofsted

‘Getting to Good’

seminar clarified your approach to

driving improvement. The quality of teaching remains the theme for improvement.
Documentation and discussion show that you and other leader are working on

developing consistency in teachers’ expectations for high standards of students’

work; providing whole school and personalised training and support and using
different approaches to setting targets. You have effectively linked this work to the
new evaluation cycle with all leaders holding staffing to account through increased
monitoring and staff appraisal. Although the action plan is fit for purpose, the targets
for benchmarking teaching over time are not explicit enough. More importantly, the
needs of gifted and talented students are not emphasised in the plan.
Documentation show that the clear vision for improving attendance and the decisive
actions taken have led to a rapid decline in persistent absentees.
Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support
and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.

External support

You report that the staff have benefited from the partnership work with the local
schools’ network. Much of the partnership work has so far been focused on the
transition process, training for teaching assistants, and targeted support work for
new middle leaders. Support staff say that team work has improved and there is
more clarity about their work. The local authority has continued to provide support
through visits from consultants in English and mathematics. Further work to develop
teaching and learning is planned with the Learning Network Inspector for the school.
The local authority continues to hold you and your staff to account through termly
review meetings with the Director for Children’s Services.
I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body, the Education Funding
Agency, the Director of Children’s Services for Barnet and the Diocese of London.
Yours sincerely
Carmen Rodney

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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