St. Mary’s Menston are very proud of the national and international awards we hold:
Child Friendly Leeds
We support Child Friendly Leeds.
With a diverse population of more than 750,000 including over 180,000 children and young people, Leeds has many services, opportunities and support networks that contribute to its child friendly city ambitions.
Eco Schools Bronze Award
St. Mary’s was awarded Fairtrade School status in December 2013.
Fairtrade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalised producers and workers.
Fairtrade is a simple yet hugely effective way in which all of our school community can help others around the world.
St. Mary’s Receives Fairtrade Schools Status
Global Learning Programme Expert Centre
St. Mary's Menston has been asked to become an Expert Centre for the Global Learning Programme (GLP) in recognition for their longstanding commitment to global learning. Global learning has been embedded into the whole school ethos, into the curriculum and is very apparent in the school environment. For this reason, St. Mary's has been asked by the GLP to work with other schools and is looking for primary and secondary schools to join their network and become a partner school.
The Healthy Schools Programm supports the link between health, behaviour and achievement, based on a whole school approach.
The National Standard was first achieved in April 2008 through the excellent work of Student Voice, a parent focal group and through both curricular and extra-curricular opportunities.
In 2009 St. Mary's was first awarded the International School Award in recognition of the highly innovative international and community schemes we have pioneered.
The award recognises schools who are leading the way in instilling a global dimension into the learning experience of all children and young people.
John Paul II Foundation for Sport
In 2014 St. Mary's Menston joined the John Paul II Foundation for Sport.
The scheme was launched by Pope Benedict XVI on his visit to the UK in 2010. The Foundation is inspired by Pope John's Paul's own vision of sport's unique potential to develop individuals and communities. St. Mary's were the fifth school in the country to be accepted into the Foundation
The National Association for Able Children in Education specialises in working with schools and teachers to improve learning for able learners.
St. Mary's received the NACE Membership Award in 2014 for showing consistent commitment to provision for more able and talented pupils in school.
Through its valuable network of members NACE provides high quality guidance, support and training, enabling teachers to attain the best from able learners in the everyday classroom, whilst enabling all learners to flourish and achieve.
NPQH Leadership Development School
St. Mary's Menston is working with the National College for Teaching and Leadership in a number of programmes. These range from NPQH Leadership Development to the NCSL Middle Learners Development Programme - to develop current and future leaders in school.
In November 2014, St. Mary’s Menston were awarded the highest possible Ofsted grade of OUTSTANDING.
An outstanding school is defined as highly effective in delivering outcomes that provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs.
School Direct puts schools at the heart of the teacher training process.
In partnership with Leeds Trinity University and Leeds SCITT, St. Mary’s Menston and partner schools offer graduate training to be a teacher via a school based training route with the expectation of a job offer on successful completion of the course. Training bursaries and scholarships are available where eligible. School Direct offers an opportunity to train alongside serving outstanding teachers in a scheme overseen by an outstanding school.
School Games Gold Mark
The Sainsbury's School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.
St. Mary's Menston received the Gold Mark in September 2014 for our outstanding dedication and passion for sport and Physical Education. In particular, acknowledging leadership development, support for talented students and participation in inter, intra school competitions. The award also recognises the strong relationships that have been developed with our local community clubs.
Section 48 Inspection Outstanding
In April 2014, St. Mary's Menston was inspected under the Section 48 framework for Catholic Life and Religious Education.
We were judged Outstanding in all areas.
St. Mary’s first achieved Sports College status in 2000 was last redesignated in 2009. Our specialism in sport has been used in school to raise standards through a range of initiatives that have had a positive impact beyond PE and sport. In the wider community, St. Mary’s has been instrumental in developing a range of initiatives with other schools, sports clubs, and community groups, as well as making a significant contribution to community provision and participation in sport.
Menston School retains Specialist Sports College Status [ILKLEY GAZETTE]
Sports Leaders UK Leadership Academy Status
For many years, St. Mary’s has been involved with Sports Leaders UK and are an approved Assessment Centre for the initiative.
The Sports Leaders awards and qualifications equip young people with employability skills for life, improving motivation, self-esteem, communication, team work and confidence. Leadership volunteering is a vital part of all Sports Leader courses, allowing young people to practise and build their skills in order to ‘Give More. Become More.’
St. Mary’s receives Sports Leaders UK Leadership Academy Status (December 2016)
Teacher Learning Academy School
In 2011, St. Mary's was designated a Teacher Learning Academy School. The Teacher Learning Academy provides a framework of continuing professional development for teachers.
Grounded in everyday practice, the TLA’s straightforward, relevant and effective framework delivers results to support whole school improvement.
In 2015, St. Mary's was chosen to be a National Teaching School.
Teaching Schools are all rated as “outstanding". They work with partner schools in an alliance to ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.
They raise standards through supporting other schools, engage in research and development, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
In June 2016, St. Mary’s Menston was recognised as a licensed organisation for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
St. Mary’s have, for a number of years, run training and expeditions for the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is recognised by universities and employers alike as the mark of a young person who is prepared to make a commitment and ‘go the extra mile’ to achieve their goals. A Gold Award opens doors to new jobs, cements life-long friendships, broadens interests and stretches horizons.
Youth Sport Trust Gold Partner
In 2012 (and again in 2014) St. Mary's became a Youth Sport Trust Gold Partner School for its commitment to PE and school sport.
Youth Sport Trust Partner Schools can demonstrate how they are delivering high quality school sport and improving the PE experience for every young person. Importantly, they are also using sport to raise achievement levels across the school. As a partner, St. Mary’s will receive additional training and development opportunities and will become involved in national education and sport initiatives.
St. Mary’s Gains National Award for PE and Sport
St. Mary's strikes Gold in Approach to Sport [WHARFEDALE OBSERVER]