A Message from Our Principal

"This is a good school." Ofsted 2015

Whether you are a pupil, parent, member of staff, ‘old boy’ (or girl) or simply a passing surfer, thank you for visiting our website: you are very welcome here.

St Margaret’s is undoubtedly a very special place. It certainly seems to inspire a deep loyalty from pupils, parents and members of staff alike, many of whom give very generously of their time to support the learning that takes place here, whilst they are with us and even after they have left!

The reason for that, I believe, is our proud history, our long traditions and our deeply-held values – values that run through every aspect of school life together.  The values we hold are unashamedly Christian values, for St Margaret’s is a Church of England Academy – and that faith in God, and commitment to service, is deeply engrained in everything we do.

"The school actively pursues equal opportunity for all students." Ofsted 2015

So we are proud of our Volunteering scheme, for example: last year, one year-group (150 boys) gave a total of 2,500 hours of their time to an impressive variety of volunteering projects.  Wow!  We are proud of our incredible range of extra-curricular activities (described as “outstanding” by Ofsted), and the superb opportunities we can offer our youngsters.  It’s the dedication of our teachers and support staff that enables that to happen! We are proud of the fact that so many ex-pupils have gone on to make a significant contribution to life in our great City and beyond, in so many different fields – and that so many of them are still keen to keep in touch and “put something back” into our school.

And of course, we are proud of the high standards of learning here, of consistently strong GCSE results and of our large, thriving Sixth Form (part of “The Faiths” Partnership with other local schools).  We’re equally proud of the high standards of teaching – we have many very gifted teachers here that give well above and beyond the call of duty to make sure our students succeed.

I hope our website will give you an insight into what makes our school so special. If you’d like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us: we would be delighted to help.

Stephen Brierley