St Mary's Catholic School, Bishop's Stortford

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St Mary's Catholic School
Motto A Catholic community dedicated to achieving excellence for all
Established 1896
Type Voluntary aided school
Religion Roman Catholic
Headteacher Mr Andrew Celano (current)
Founder Four sisters from St. Mary of Namur
Location Windhill Rd
Bishop's Stortford
CM23 2NQ
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 nuns from the Congregation of St Mary of Namur came from Belgium 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, St. Joseph's Primary School, grew until, in 1914, it was teaching 57 pupils with only 3 teachers. As St Mary's accumulated more pupils it bought surrounding buildings and land until it had enough classrooms to teach all of their pupils.

Present day[edit]

The current headmaster is Mr Andrew Celano, a former pupil of the school. There are approximately 1000 students with the majority coming from outside Bishops Stortford.[citation needed] There have recently been a number of new builds and renovations within the site with new football courts, classrooms and renovated facilities. The school now has language and performing arts status with acting, singing, dancing and language classes offered.It also has around 50 classrooms with multiple ICT suites, a 10,000 book library, large sports hall and canteen. [1]


Board of Governors[edit]

  • Fr J Cunningham - Foundation Governor - Chair of Governors
  • Mr N Braz - Foundation Governor
  • Mrs N Gabbani - Parent Elected Governor
  • Mr G Lane - Parent Elected Governor
  • Mr P Lynch - Associate Staff Governor
  • Mrs B Nowak - Foundation Governor
  • Mrs M Umo -Foundation Governor
  • Mr M Welsh - LEA Governor Vice-Chair of Governors
  • Mrs R Boon - Foundation Governor
  • Mr M Cullinan - Foundation Governor
  • Mr J Smith - Foundation Governor
  • Mrs C Jones - Parent Elected Governor
  • Mr S Sirman - Foundation Governor
  • Mrs J Wells - Parent Elected Governor
  • Mr N Freeman - Parent Elected Governor
  • Mr L Martini - Parent Elected Governor


  1. ^ Infosite,; accessed 14 February 2015.

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