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Although our school name remains St Mary’s Catholic School, we have been a fully independent Academy since 2013. As an Outstanding school, we were also appointed by the government as a National Support School in 2011, with the mandate to share our best practice in academic achievement with other schools nationwide. We were also delighted to be awarded National Teaching School status by the government in June 2017, with the remit of leading teacher training across the north-east of England, as well as providing leadership development and school improvement support to other schools in the region.

St Mary’s remains one of the most over-subscribed schools in the north-east. Based on exceptional parental demand for places at St Mary’s, we were recently awarded funding for expansion and this has allowed us to build and open an extension to our fantastic building in 2016 which will gradually create over 200 places over the next 5 years. Our Admission Number has now risen to 225, though current years 7-10 each have around 240 students, due to successful appeals for places.

Outlined in the rest of this introduction are some of the key reasons why St Mary’s remains such a popular choice of school for so many families and students.