Headteacher’s Welcome

Mr DARREN Beardsley

I am delighted to introduce you to St. Mary's Menston. 

It is an honour and privilege for me to serve the school as Headteacher.  St. Mary’s has a successful past and continues to grow in excellence.  Our aim is to develop even further to offer a ‘World Class Catholic Education’ by providing the best care, support and outcome for each individual student.  As a Catholic school we make Christ known to all members of our extended community through the way we work and the way we act.

The values of faithfulness, humility, truth, forgiveness, tolerance, dignity, service and respect are at the centre of our teaching and guidance. Our staff and governors work together as a team, constantly seeking to improve, bringing enthusiasm, commitment and enjoyment to every task. We share the common purpose of sending our students out into the world as happy, healthy and successful citizens of the future.

The school was graded as Outstanding in our most recent Ofsted inspection. The inspection team noted that students make ‘outstanding progress’ and that the ‘school prepares young people well for their future careers regardless of individual background or personal aspiration’.  For the majority of our students this is a seven year journey, progressing into our Sixth Form and then to higher education.  For others, it is a vocational route, including apprenticeships, again achieving significant success. 

I am proud and delighted to be the Headteacher of St. Mary’s. I want to work in close partnership with everyone concerned, because together we can travel further to reach our goal to offer the best to our community.

We hope you enjoy browsing our site and please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

I would like to take this opportunity to inform parents about some changes in leadership at the school. As you are aware, St. Mary's are part of The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust, which is a group of ten schools working together. The Directors of the Trust have asked me to work as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) over the ten schools for three days each week for the next academic year. As a result of this, I will be based at St. Mary's as Headteacher for two days each week and Miss Hattersley will take up the position of Head of School for the 2019–2020 academic year, taking responsibility for the day to day leadership of St. Mary's.