We envisage Queen Mary’s High School as an outstanding girls’ grammar school with a reputation for the highest academic standards, as a school where the individual needs of highly able students are met and the development of the ‘whole person’ together with the enjoyment of learning lie at the heart of its ethos and culture. We also see Queen Mary’s High School as having a commitment and responsibility to its own community and communities locally, nationally and internationally.
We see Queen Mary’s as a school where students’ needs are met through the quality of teaching and learning, pastoral care and guidance and the breadth and richness of the curriculum, both formal and informal, which supports students with individual learning needs or particular talents. The achievements of everyone in the school community are celebrated. The quality of the school will be obvious through outside scrutiny, external awards and data comparison.
The school aims to have a leadership group which is forward-thinking and able to respond quickly and flexibly to change. It ensures that teaching methods are always developing and provides the best possible resources and physical environment for teaching and learning. The leadership group will reflect on and evaluate its own performance and the priorities for the school.
The high expectations for teaching and learning and positive relationships between staff, students and parents will be clear in all induction procedures, and in staff development and performance management. Students can expect consistently high-quality teaching and in return commit to the responsibilities of their school work and membership of the school community. Staff can expect the best possible working and employment conditions and career opportunities. Parents are supportive of the school’s ethos, systems and procedures and can expect to be fully informed about their child’s progress, feel comfortable to come in to school to meet with staff and be confident that the school is providing high quality learning experiences for their child. Governors can expect clarity and transparency about school matters and sufficient training and links with the school to ensure they are able to play their part in its strategic development. The school will demonstrate its commitment to the wider community via support for local schools and organisations and a commitment to charity fund raising.
Finally, the school’s reputation, culture and family atmosphere will be such that all who are connected with it are happy to continue an association with Queen Mary’s High School long after they have ceased to be connected with it on a daily basis.
The ‘Spirit of Queen Mary’s’ is demonstrated through our core values: