Our Awards

Last updated: 08/01/2019

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

The Global Warriors at St. Mary’s Menston achieved the Bronze Eco-Schools award in 2017. We are making our school

Fairtrade School 

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

Healthy Schools


St. Mary’s has held Healthy Schools status.

International School

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.

St. Mary's reawarded International School Award 2016–19

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

Pope John Paul II Honour for St. Mary's


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.

Find out more about our Gifted and Talented Pupils programme at St. Mary's Menston

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.

Ofsted Outstanding

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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.

Outstanding Ofsted Report for St. Mary's Menston

School Games Mark


St. Mary's were awarded the Silver School Games mark in July 2018. The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competitions across their school and into the community.  We are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

With a large number of our students competing in local inter-school competitions throughout the year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including our Sports Leaders, school staff, volunteers and officials who made our competitions possible. 

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.

Section 48: The Catholic Life of the School and Religious Education Inspection

Sports College

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)

National Support School

St. Mary's Menston became a National Support School in 2017. National Leaders of Education, along with staff in their school – appointed as National Support Schools – use their knowledge and experience to provide additional leadership capability in other schools in need of support.

The type of support provided is flexible and tailored to meet the needs of each individual school.  National Leaders of Education also have responsibility for developing the next generation of NLE’s and national support schools.

National Leader of Education (September 2017)

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.

National Teaching School

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.

St. Mary’s Menston chosen to help train the next generation of teachers

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.  

Find out more about The Duke of Edinburgh's Award at St. Mary's Menston

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]