Safety on autumn and winter nights

Dear students, parents and carers,

I’d like to remind you all about safety out on the streets at night, notably around Bonfire Night and as we go into the Christmas season when you may be travelling in the dark.  Please be extra vigilant about your own safety and consider  the following things:

– Don’t go out alone in the dark. Make sure that you plan your journey so that you are travelling with a friend and you let your parent / carer know where you are.

– Be mindful of your personal possessions. Do not have any valuables on display and be careful about where you use your telephone. You should not make yourself a target for street robbery.

 – Walk away from trouble, not towards it. If you see something that looks unsafe you should trust your instincts and move away from the situation. 

 – If you see rowdy or anti-social behaviour, do not join in, do not take an interest, walk away from it and make sure that you are not associated with it in any way.

 – Act in a kind and considerate way to members of the public and the police. 

If you are concerned about any of the issues raised in this please do speak with a member of the Pastoral Team.

Best wishes,

Ms Swan


The bulletin for the start of the new academic year (week starting Monday 4th November 2019) is available using the following link.  It also highlights many of the wonderful events students did during activity week.

(You can also see the archive of bulletins using the link in the menu above).

Week 9 Issue 8

Attendance Bulletin

Friday 1st November

Dear parents and carers,

I hope you all had a restful half-term.  I’m writing to remind you of our attendance expectations so that we can work together to ensure that students attend school unless they are really very unwell. 

This is an 8 week term. It’s the term in which students tend to get colds and minor ailments and, as the evenings draw in, students’ attendance levels drop.  No-one likes having a cough or a cold but a good deal of the time, we are not too unwell to go to school or work. Quite often, young people feel better once they get into school, into their lessons and see their friends. So, we urge you all to send your children to school unless they are seriously unwell.

We know that there is a strong link between progress, attainment and attendance: if a student misses school they are missing out on their learning.  The figures below show you approximately how attendance rates correspond to lost learning:

Attendance rate %

Days missed by the end of the Autumn term (approx)

Days missed by the end of the Spring term (approx)

Days missed by the end of the Summer term (approx)


0 days

0 days

0 days


4 days

7 days

10 days


7 days

13 days

20 days


11 days

19 days

30 days

95% attendance = 10 days absent = 60 lessons missed

90% attendance = 20 days absent = 120 lessons missed 

85% attendance = 30 days absent = 180 lessons missed

Missed school time means … 

  • missed lessons which cannot be re-gained just by reading the notes afterwards; the live experience is where the learning happens
  • lost learning time which can feel stressful for students as there are gaps in their knowledge when they return
  • time lost with friends which can lead to anxiety and a sense of being left out. 
  • missed opportunities, for example support at help clubs, mentor support, trips, clubs, extra-curricular activities, speaker talks, competitions, sports, arts … and so on. 

Of course, there might be times when a student is genuinely not well enough to attend school but, for all the reasons above and more, we ask that we all work together to improve our young people’s school attendance.

Thank you for your support and we wish you all a healthy, happy second half of the autumn term. 

Best wishes,

Sarah Swan
Deputy Headteacher

Early School Closure All Years – Tuesday 24th September,  2019 Student Independent Study Afternoon


Dear Parent/Carer,

As per the School calendar, next week, on Tuesday, September 24th, the School will be holding its Staff Appraisal meetings. In order for this to take place students in all Years will be dismissed from school at the end of period 3 at 11.55am. Please make the necessary arrangements to expect your child home earlier on this day.

Independent Study Afternoon

During this time, if your child is in Year 7-11, they will have received work to complete independently to facilitate the skills students need to develop as part of the revision process.  We believe this is a valuable exercise for all students. Completing a range of set tasks on one topic helps students understand that the revision process involves much more than simply re-reading a text. This activity means students have to think and engage with the material taught in order to truly learn it.   The resources can be accessed by students on their Google Classroom as listed by subject below:

  • Year 13        Students should be working on their personal statements and UCAS applications ahead of UCAS lock in 10th October. 
  • Year 12        Students should access their subject specific Independent Learning Materials via the folder in their Passport Google Classroom and complete the weekly tasks for each of their subjects. Subject teachers may also set specific work for students to complete. 
  • Year 11           English 
  • Year 9/10     Religion Ethics & Philosophy (REP)
  • Year 8            History
  • Year 7            Maths  

Please do engage in this revision process with your child on the evening of the 24th and see how active their revision or independent research has been. 

Yours faithfully,

Ms F Congdon

Assistant Headteacher – Intervention & Progress

Climate Change Protest

Wednesday 18th September 2019

Dear students, parents and carers,

Re: Campaign Against Climate Change

Many in our school community feel strongly about climate change and rightly so. You might know therefore that another young people’s protest in the Campaign Against Climate Change is scheduled for Friday 20th September. 

As previously, this puts the School in a difficult position. On one hand, we respect our students’ passionate concerns about climate change and indeed the cause itself. On the other hand, if the School were to authorise absence from school for this, we would be agreeing to students missing important learning each time – and moreover, we agree to students taking part in a public protest without our supervision. We would be in a terrible position if something unpleasant or dangerous happened and the School had condoned, indeed encouraged students’ participation. 

Every day in school is important for students’ learning, including new content, assessments and coursework. We all know that missing lessons puts students at a disadvantage. The administration and management of attendance around the protest is considerable, as is the additional teacher-time spent enabling students who miss lessons to catch up. 

While we understand why some students might want to attend the next protest, we urge them not to and we would appreciate parents’ and carers’ support with this.  Parents and carers: if your child does, with your permission, take part in the protest, please inform the School of their absence in the usual way. 

I hope to have outlined here a clear picture of how the School both supports the climate change cause and needs also to fulfil its duty to deliver education and not agree to activities during school time over which we have no control. 

Following this letter is some advice from the Metropolitan Police about the protests who are concerned about young people’s safety.  

Best regards,

Ms Pugh

Kathryn Pugh


Metropolitan Police Letter




The bulletin for the start of the new academic year (week starting Monday 9th Sept 2019) is available using the following link.  It also highlights many of the wonderful events students did during activity week.

(You can also see the archive of bulletins using the link in the menu above).

Week 2 Issue 1

Well done GCSE students!

We celebrate today the achievements of students receiving their GCSE results today! St Marylebone is so proud of you for all your hard work and determination.

The results demonstrate students’ positive work ethic and commitment to their studies across all the subjects.

Students at St Marylebone have made significantly more progress on average than they would have done elsewhere, across the subjects. In general, our students have achieved a grade higher than the nationally-expected result. 

86% of students achieved a pass or higher in GCSE English and Maths.
85% of students achieved a pass or higher in GCSE Combined Science.
Students’ attainment and progress in languages, humanities, arts and STEM subjects are equally positive.

205 grade 9s have been achieved, meaning 15% of all grades are the highest possible grade.
30% of the grades achieved are grade 8 or 9 (A* / A**).
47% of the grades achieved are grade 7 or above (A or above).
50% of students achieved at least one grade 9.

One student achieved eleven grade 9s; four students achieved ten grade 9s; one student achieved 9 grade 9s; one student achieved 8 grade 9s.

Many students made exceptional progress from their starting points, enabling them to enroll for 6th Forms and colleges and go onto really exciting, worthwhile next steps in education. Well done all of you!

Congratulations also to the Year 10 students who got their RS GCSE results today; these are also a real achievement. Onwards and upwards!

Our thanks to parents and carers for their support and tenacity during the students’ demanding KS4; we know that GCSEs and their associated pressures are not easy – and yet we have loved having your children at St Marylebone.

The results also speak for the great commitment of our teachers who do all they can to promote the students’ enjoyment and achievement in their learning.

Congratulations to Year 11 2019 and all the very best to you for your next steps in education, learning and life!

Congratulations to our A-Level students!

St Marylebone’s Year 13 have lots to celebrate today, having received a great set of A-Level results.  These are the product of hard work and commitment, marking the start of exciting new chapters in their lives. 

Desirable places at universities and colleges all over the country, and in apprenticeships and employment have been secured, across all disciplines and sectors, including all the arts, humanities, languages, business, social sciences, classical civilisation, engineering, sciences, maths, ICT and computing, medicine, English literature, law, economics, politics, health care …  and many combinations of these.  

Six students are going to Oxford or Cambridge and three students are going to study medicine – with some others looking at similar pathways after a gap year.  

Overall, the A-Level grades this year are really pleasing: 

25% of students achieved three A grades or better.

73% of students achieved three or more A* – C grades.

90% are A*- C.

38% are A* – A.

These grades are a credit to our young people, despite all the unpredictability of the examination system, societal pressures and myriad distractions. Well done to you all!  We have loved having you here and wish you all the best for your futures.

A big thank you to all the parents and carers whose support for their daughters and sons, and for the School, during the two extraordinary sixth form years. I hope you feel as proud as we do of the young people leaving St Marylebone.   

And huge thanks also to the teachers whose passion and commitment to the students has enabled such achievements and, moreover, the students’ personal growth and development.


The bulletin for the start of the new academic year (week starting Monday 8th July 2019) is available using the following link.  It also highlights many of the wonderful events students did during activity week.

(You can also see the archive of bulletins using the link in the menu above).

Week 38 Issue 37