St. Mary's Catholic School (Bishop's Stortford)

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St Marys Catholic School
Motto A Catholic community dedicated to achieving excellence for all
Established 1896
Type Voluntary aided school
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Mr. Anthony Sharpe
Founder Four sisters from St. Mary of Namur
Location Windhill Rd
Bishop's Stortford
CM23 2NQ
England Coordinates: 51°52′11″N 0°09′10″E / 51.869801°N 0.152650°E / 51.869801; 0.152650
Local authority Hertfordshire
DfE number 919/5422
DfE URN 117594 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses A, J, K, M and T
Colours Navy Blue and Light Blue

St. Marys is a Roman Catholic secondary school and sixth form located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.


In 1896, four sisters from the Belgian congregation of St Mary of Namur came to Bishop's Stortford and established a school with nine students. These sisters were the first to provide Catholic education for the district, and the school grew. As it was a fee-paying school, a free smaller school was set up in what is now St Marys music block. The school - called St. Josephs primary school - grew until in 1914 it was teaching 57 pupils with only 3 teachers. As St Marys accumulated more pupils it bought surrounding buildings and land until it had enough classrooms to teach all of their pupils. They now have around 50 classrooms with multiple ICT suits, 10,000 book library, large sports hall and canteen serving hot meals.

Present day[edit]

The current headmaster is Mr. Anthony Sharpe who is also capable of teaching music. There are currently around 1000 students with the majority coming from places outside of Bishops Stortford. There have recently been a number of new builds and renovations within the site with new football courts, Classroom's and renovated toilets and offices. There have also been a number of notable staff leaving including Mrs. Grant and Mr. Basey, both who worked at the school for as long as most staff can remember. There are future plans for more football courts and benches around the site. The school now has language and performing arts status with acting, singing, dancing and language classes offered.[1]


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