Anxious St Mary's parents begin search for new school

Worcester News: 2614632411 Paul Jackson 23.06.14 Worcester St Mary's Worcester, has announced that it is closing at the end of the academic year. (7444794) 2614632411 Paul Jackson 23.06.14 Worcester St Mary's Worcester, has announced that it is closing at the end of the academic year. (7444794)

PARENTS who were dealt the blow that St Mary's was set to close at the end of the academic year have started the frantic search for alternative education.

Anxious parents have already begun calling and taking tours of nearby independent schools as they try to find a suitable school for their daughters.

At an emotional meeting on Monday evening, parents were told RGS Worcester's three schools would be able to accommodate all pupils in September who could meet the entry criteria.

The news was said to have provided "some relief" to parents particularly those whose daughters were currently in year ten and 12 and were set to take exams next year.

Testing will be carried out next week and places must be accepted by Monday, July 7 with a spokesman saying it was vital both St Mary's girls and RGS staff were certain of their position well ahead of September.

She reassured existing RGS pupils extra resources would be provided across the three schools - RGS Worcester, The Grange and Springfield - wherever they are needed to keep current teacher/pupil ratios at the same level.

The co-educational school has already announced it hoped to employ some of the staff from St Mary's, which celebrated its 80th anniversary this year.

"It [the St Mary's meeting] was a very sad occasion for many people who have a strong affection for the school either as a parent, member of staff or ex-pupil themselves.

"The chair of governors explained that an arrangement had been made with RGS to allow as many pupils who wished to and who could meet the entry criteria to move to RGS Worcester in September.

"This announcement was met with much relief by parents of St Mary's girls who had feared that there would be no alternative arrangements available following the closure meeting."

Despite assurances that there would be a place at RGS, yesterday [Tuesday] was a busy day of phone calls from worried parents at both Dodderhill School, Droitwich, and King's School Worcester.

Catherine Mawston, head at Dodderhill, said she had received many of the phone calls had been from parents wishing for their daughters to remain in single-sex education.

"We've had phone calls constantly from 8am this morning.

"It's very, very sad news and a very difficult time for everyone.

"We're a small school like St Mary's so it should be a very easy transition but we will be very strict at keeping the class numbers small."

The school has fewer than 220 pupils between the ages of three and 16 but have no places in years six and seven and limited vacancies in year five.

Dodderhill would only be able to accommodate St Mary's pupils already halfway through their GCSEs if they were willing to repeat year ten.

"It was very short notice for everyone and what our school is trying to do is be as flexible as we can, we don't want to let anyone down.

"There is a real need for girls schools as they get really great results.

"We would encourage people to call and speak to us directly and arrange a visit if they can't make our open day.

"My focus is to get the right girls into the school who will thrive in a very special and nurturing environment."

Fiona Meredith, from Malvern St James Girls' School, said it was a sad loss not just for the girls and staff but also girls' single-sex education.

"Worcester’s last girls’ school is gone, and across the country the single-sex sector is presented as a shrinking one.

"This is a great shame as many girls reap huge reward from being in an all-girls’ environment, seeing their peers achieving at every level, older girls providing positive role models, and a mutually supportive environment of sisterly aspiration."

She added the school currently had a few remaining places for September in pre-prep, year seven and Sixth Form.

The school has two remaining assessment days before the end of term on Friday, July 4.

Mrs Meredith added: "This must be an extremely worrying time for parents, and in the past few weeks we have already had enquiries to Malvern St James Girls’ School from parents who were obviously fearful about the school’s position."

Staff at King's School Worcester said it had also been inundated with calls from worried parents hoping to find a place for their daughters next September.

King's, which has two junior and one senior school for children aged two to 18, said it had a few spaces in all years up to year nine but was full from year ten upwards.

A statement from the school said: "We are very sorry to hear of the closure of St Mary’s.

"It is always sad when financial pressures lead to a good school shutting down.

"It must be a worrying time for the families concerned and for the teachers.

"The King’s School is ready to respond quickly and supportively to any families who wish to approach us to consider King’s as an option at senior or junior level."

Open days and contact numbers:

RGS Worcester - 01905 613391

Today (Wednesday) and Friday

Springfield and Seniors - 9.30am to 11.30am

The Grange - 1.30pm to 3pm

Dodderhill School - 01905 778290

Today (Wednesday)

10am to 12pm and 1.30pm to 300pm

King's School Worcester - 01905 721700

Malvern St James - 01684 892288

Contact to arrange a visit before Tuesday, July 2.

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9:54pm Tue 24 Jun 14

ringthembells says...

Antone know what the "entry criteria" for RGS consist of ?
Does it mean that they won't be too keen if you are not a Grade A prospect ?
Antone know what the "entry criteria" for RGS consist of ? Does it mean that they won't be too keen if you are not a Grade A prospect ? ringthembells
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7:31am Wed 25 Jun 14

PaulMeUnder says...

@ringthembells your ignorance is noted
@ringthembells your ignorance is noted PaulMeUnder
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8:27am Wed 25 Jun 14

littlemiss879 says...

Yes St Mary's is a girls school. But it also has girls AND boys in the nursery in the Stables Department. They take from as young as 3 months old up to the age of starting school! Everyone seems to fail to mention this in the articles and stories as well as it was never mentioned once at the meeting Monday! These parents too have to find alternative childcare at very short notice to match up to the high standards of care which has been provided by all the lovely staff in The Stables. A girls GCSE education is important yes...just as much so as a little one who learns to walk and talk!! It is a sad time for The Stables children, staff and parents too. It's a shame that even at this sad time, the nursery STILL goes unnoticed and pushed aside!!!
Yes St Mary's is a girls school. But it also has girls AND boys in the nursery in the Stables Department. They take from as young as 3 months old up to the age of starting school! Everyone seems to fail to mention this in the articles and stories as well as it was never mentioned once at the meeting Monday! These parents too have to find alternative childcare at very short notice to match up to the high standards of care which has been provided by all the lovely staff in The Stables. A girls GCSE education is important yes...just as much so as a little one who learns to walk and talk!! It is a sad time for The Stables children, staff and parents too. It's a shame that even at this sad time, the nursery STILL goes unnoticed and pushed aside!!! littlemiss879
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9:35am Wed 25 Jun 14

WorcsBornandBred says...

So many comments on another press coverage piece of this noting about snotty parents etc.

I was state educated. But I can tell you now, I know people who were state educated that have gone on to make a difference or be millionaires. I also know of privately educated adults who have never made a difference and never will be millionaires.

Reality is that education is important wherever it comes from, whether it's fee or costs thousands of pounds a year.

It's not what you pay, it's what you know.
So many comments on another press coverage piece of this noting about snotty parents etc. I was state educated. But I can tell you now, I know people who were state educated that have gone on to make a difference or be millionaires. I also know of privately educated adults who have never made a difference and never will be millionaires. Reality is that education is important wherever it comes from, whether it's fee or costs thousands of pounds a year. It's not what you pay, it's what you know. WorcsBornandBred
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11:18am Wed 25 Jun 14

treegazer says...

We have a son at The Stables nursery and are now looking for a good alternative. It's a real shame as the nursery is fantastic...sadly the school have done nothing to help parents of children at the nursery find somewhere new.

It would be great if the nursery staff and parents could form a cooperative and move all the children and staff to new premises...
We have a son at The Stables nursery and are now looking for a good alternative. It's a real shame as the nursery is fantastic...sadly the school have done nothing to help parents of children at the nursery find somewhere new. It would be great if the nursery staff and parents could form a cooperative and move all the children and staff to new premises... treegazer
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11:48am Wed 25 Jun 14

nicki1967 says...

WorcsBornandBred wrote:
So many comments on another press coverage piece of this noting about snotty parents etc.

I was state educated. But I can tell you now, I know people who were state educated that have gone on to make a difference or be millionaires. I also know of privately educated adults who have never made a difference and never will be millionaires.

Reality is that education is important wherever it comes from, whether it's fee or costs thousands of pounds a year.

It's not what you pay, it's what you know.
I totally agree with this comment. What on earth is wrong with state schools??! I'm sure there are spaces for your little darlings. I know many people who were educated in state schools who have done much better for themselves than a lot who had mummy and daddy pay for their education. Or, perhaps, it's time to bring back the 11+. I passed the 11+ so went to the Girls' Grammar School. I've done ok but am convinced that I would have been better off at the comprehensive next door.
[quote][p][bold]WorcsBornandBred[/bold] wrote: So many comments on another press coverage piece of this noting about snotty parents etc. I was state educated. But I can tell you now, I know people who were state educated that have gone on to make a difference or be millionaires. I also know of privately educated adults who have never made a difference and never will be millionaires. Reality is that education is important wherever it comes from, whether it's fee or costs thousands of pounds a year. It's not what you pay, it's what you know.[/p][/quote]I totally agree with this comment. What on earth is wrong with state schools??! I'm sure there are spaces for your little darlings. I know many people who were educated in state schools who have done much better for themselves than a lot who had mummy and daddy pay for their education. Or, perhaps, it's time to bring back the 11+. I passed the 11+ so went to the Girls' Grammar School. I've done ok but am convinced that I would have been better off at the comprehensive next door. nicki1967
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12:07pm Wed 25 Jun 14

CJH says...

nicki1967 wrote:
WorcsBornandBred wrote:
So many comments on another press coverage piece of this noting about snotty parents etc.

I was state educated. But I can tell you now, I know people who were state educated that have gone on to make a difference or be millionaires. I also know of privately educated adults who have never made a difference and never will be millionaires.

Reality is that education is important wherever it comes from, whether it's fee or costs thousands of pounds a year.

It's not what you pay, it's what you know.
I totally agree with this comment. What on earth is wrong with state schools??! I'm sure there are spaces for your little darlings. I know many people who were educated in state schools who have done much better for themselves than a lot who had mummy and daddy pay for their education. Or, perhaps, it's time to bring back the 11+. I passed the 11+ so went to the Girls' Grammar School. I've done ok but am convinced that I would have been better off at the comprehensive next door.
I also went to the Girls Grammar School. Didn't like it, and always looked out of the windows towards Nunnery Wood School wishing I was there. And they had boys...
[quote][p][bold]nicki1967[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WorcsBornandBred[/bold] wrote: So many comments on another press coverage piece of this noting about snotty parents etc. I was state educated. But I can tell you now, I know people who were state educated that have gone on to make a difference or be millionaires. I also know of privately educated adults who have never made a difference and never will be millionaires. Reality is that education is important wherever it comes from, whether it's fee or costs thousands of pounds a year. It's not what you pay, it's what you know.[/p][/quote]I totally agree with this comment. What on earth is wrong with state schools??! I'm sure there are spaces for your little darlings. I know many people who were educated in state schools who have done much better for themselves than a lot who had mummy and daddy pay for their education. Or, perhaps, it's time to bring back the 11+. I passed the 11+ so went to the Girls' Grammar School. I've done ok but am convinced that I would have been better off at the comprehensive next door.[/p][/quote]I also went to the Girls Grammar School. Didn't like it, and always looked out of the windows towards Nunnery Wood School wishing I was there. And they had boys... CJH
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1:09pm Wed 25 Jun 14

catnappng says...

ringthembells wrote:
Antone know what the "entry criteria" for RGS consist of ?
Does it mean that they won't be too keen if you are not a Grade A prospect ?
Although there is an entrance test, I think you will find the school very accommodating to children of all abilities.
[quote][p][bold]ringthembells[/bold] wrote: Antone know what the "entry criteria" for RGS consist of ? Does it mean that they won't be too keen if you are not a Grade A prospect ?[/p][/quote]Although there is an entrance test, I think you will find the school very accommodating to children of all abilities. catnappng
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1:09pm Wed 25 Jun 14

catnappng says...

ringthembells wrote:
Antone know what the "entry criteria" for RGS consist of ?
Does it mean that they won't be too keen if you are not a Grade A prospect ?
Although there is an entrance test, I think you will find the school very accommodating to children of all abilities.
[quote][p][bold]ringthembells[/bold] wrote: Antone know what the "entry criteria" for RGS consist of ? Does it mean that they won't be too keen if you are not a Grade A prospect ?[/p][/quote]Although there is an entrance test, I think you will find the school very accommodating to children of all abilities. catnappng
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1:39pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Charlotte Heaume says...

My children were at St Mary's six years ago before they moved to Bowbrook House School in Peopleton. They had an super start at St Mary's. Bowbrook House has been excellent! They have the chance to flourish academically amidst a nurturing environment which allows each child to develop both as a pupil and as a young person. I cannot praise it highly enough and would recommend that St Mary's parents visit Bowbrook House and consider it for their daughters and sons. Call them on 841242 to arrange a tour. The class sizes are similar to those at St Mary's.
My children were at St Mary's six years ago before they moved to Bowbrook House School in Peopleton. They had an super start at St Mary's. Bowbrook House has been excellent! They have the chance to flourish academically amidst a nurturing environment which allows each child to develop both as a pupil and as a young person. I cannot praise it highly enough and would recommend that St Mary's parents visit Bowbrook House and consider it for their daughters and sons. Call them on 841242 to arrange a tour. The class sizes are similar to those at St Mary's. Charlotte Heaume
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3:56pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Pomygranit says...

Would the WN be able to confim that the current head already has a new job to go to?

If so how long have they known about the closure?
Would the WN be able to confim that the current head already has a new job to go to? If so how long have they known about the closure? Pomygranit
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4:06pm Wed 25 Jun 14

PaulMeUnder says...

You know, I know plenty of people who have been state educated and gone on to wonderful careers and happy lives and that's great and it just goes to show there are some fantastic state schools out there, no question.

However, we have a choice. It's what's great about living in a free country, we can make decisions for ourselves and for our children. My wife and I decided that we were concerned that the school our daughter would have had to go to because of our catchment area, was not good enough. We know this because every report said so and it had a terrible reputation. So we decided our best course of action was to make massive financial sacrifices to enable us to send our daughter to St Mary's...a school with a great reputation for learning and for nurturing girls into strong women, something we really believed in. Will our daughter have flourished in exactly the same way in a state school, maybe, maybe not, we will never know. But if we, who have the responsibility to do the best for our children within the means available to us can do so, then its great to be able to choose to do so.

Financially it has been a huge struggle but I have absolutely no regrets about doing so.

So, please, take the huge chip of your shoulder and open your eyes. Choosing a private education is not just an option for the rich or the elite, its also a choice for any hardworking parents who are willing to make the necessary sacrifices.
You know, I know plenty of people who have been state educated and gone on to wonderful careers and happy lives and that's great and it just goes to show there are some fantastic state schools out there, no question. However, we have a choice. It's what's great about living in a free country, we can make decisions for ourselves and for our children. My wife and I decided that we were concerned that the school our daughter would have had to go to because of our catchment area, was not good enough. We know this because every report said so and it had a terrible reputation. So we decided our best course of action was to make massive financial sacrifices to enable us to send our daughter to St Mary's...a school with a great reputation for learning and for nurturing girls into strong women, something we really believed in. Will our daughter have flourished in exactly the same way in a state school, maybe, maybe not, we will never know. But if we, who have the responsibility to do the best for our children within the means available to us can do so, then its great to be able to choose to do so. Financially it has been a huge struggle but I have absolutely no regrets about doing so. So, please, take the huge chip of your shoulder and open your eyes. Choosing a private education is not just an option for the rich or the elite, its also a choice for any hardworking parents who are willing to make the necessary sacrifices. PaulMeUnder
  • Score: 27

4:27pm Wed 25 Jun 14

CMCCMC says...

PaulMeUnder wrote:
You know, I know plenty of people who have been state educated and gone on to wonderful careers and happy lives and that's great and it just goes to show there are some fantastic state schools out there, no question.

However, we have a choice. It's what's great about living in a free country, we can make decisions for ourselves and for our children. My wife and I decided that we were concerned that the school our daughter would have had to go to because of our catchment area, was not good enough. We know this because every report said so and it had a terrible reputation. So we decided our best course of action was to make massive financial sacrifices to enable us to send our daughter to St Mary's...a school with a great reputation for learning and for nurturing girls into strong women, something we really believed in. Will our daughter have flourished in exactly the same way in a state school, maybe, maybe not, we will never know. But if we, who have the responsibility to do the best for our children within the means available to us can do so, then its great to be able to choose to do so.

Financially it has been a huge struggle but I have absolutely no regrets about doing so.

So, please, take the huge chip of your shoulder and open your eyes. Choosing a private education is not just an option for the rich or the elite, its also a choice for any hardworking parents who are willing to make the necessary sacrifices.
i couldn't agree more with you PaulMeUnder. My parents did exactly the same for me, and I will always be eternally grateful to them. I had a fantastic time at St Mary's and I am certain I would not have done as well anywhere else, private or state. I am devastated at the news that the school is closing, and can only hope that if/when I have daughters one day I may be able to find a school where they can be as happy as I was.
[quote][p][bold]PaulMeUnder[/bold] wrote: You know, I know plenty of people who have been state educated and gone on to wonderful careers and happy lives and that's great and it just goes to show there are some fantastic state schools out there, no question. However, we have a choice. It's what's great about living in a free country, we can make decisions for ourselves and for our children. My wife and I decided that we were concerned that the school our daughter would have had to go to because of our catchment area, was not good enough. We know this because every report said so and it had a terrible reputation. So we decided our best course of action was to make massive financial sacrifices to enable us to send our daughter to St Mary's...a school with a great reputation for learning and for nurturing girls into strong women, something we really believed in. Will our daughter have flourished in exactly the same way in a state school, maybe, maybe not, we will never know. But if we, who have the responsibility to do the best for our children within the means available to us can do so, then its great to be able to choose to do so. Financially it has been a huge struggle but I have absolutely no regrets about doing so. So, please, take the huge chip of your shoulder and open your eyes. Choosing a private education is not just an option for the rich or the elite, its also a choice for any hardworking parents who are willing to make the necessary sacrifices.[/p][/quote]i couldn't agree more with you PaulMeUnder. My parents did exactly the same for me, and I will always be eternally grateful to them. I had a fantastic time at St Mary's and I am certain I would not have done as well anywhere else, private or state. I am devastated at the news that the school is closing, and can only hope that if/when I have daughters one day I may be able to find a school where they can be as happy as I was. CMCCMC
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4:29pm Wed 25 Jun 14

CMCCMC says...

I will also hope that wherever I send them helps them not to become spiteful and jealous people who take joy in other people's misery.
I will also hope that wherever I send them helps them not to become spiteful and jealous people who take joy in other people's misery. CMCCMC
  • Score: 9

8:11pm Wed 25 Jun 14

alexmace says...

The head and deputy head already have new jobs - we had a letter from the chair of the trustees earlier this year about it, saying that the plan was for the school to be open in September, but that it did need capital restructuring.

So there you go.
The head and deputy head already have new jobs - we had a letter from the chair of the trustees earlier this year about it, saying that the plan was for the school to be open in September, but that it did need capital restructuring. So there you go. alexmace
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8:12pm Wed 25 Jun 14

alexmace says...

Announcement of her new job: http://www.westfield
.newcastle.sch.uk/ne
ws.asp?NewsID=479
Announcement of her new job: http://www.westfield .newcastle.sch.uk/ne ws.asp?NewsID=479 alexmace
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9:06pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Tennis fan says...

Dodderhill have been so helpful since the news on Monday, all the staff have been wonderfully supportive and the Head will do anything to help. Everyone was sympathetic and we felt we were dealt with as
individuals. The transition from st marys will be the least traumatic of all. Glad we have booked a place already, not many left by the sounds of it.
Dodderhill have been so helpful since the news on Monday, all the staff have been wonderfully supportive and the Head will do anything to help. Everyone was sympathetic and we felt we were dealt with as individuals. The transition from st marys will be the least traumatic of all. Glad we have booked a place already, not many left by the sounds of it. Tennis fan
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9:32pm Wed 25 Jun 14

A teacher says...

catnappng wrote:
ringthembells wrote:
Antone know what the "entry criteria" for RGS consist of ?
Does it mean that they won't be too keen if you are not a Grade A prospect ?
Although there is an entrance test, I think you will find the school very accommodating to children of all abilities.
Yes, I would try for RGS. The teachers there are dedicated and wonderful, as are the Kings' teachers.
[quote][p][bold]catnappng[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ringthembells[/bold] wrote: Antone know what the "entry criteria" for RGS consist of ? Does it mean that they won't be too keen if you are not a Grade A prospect ?[/p][/quote]Although there is an entrance test, I think you will find the school very accommodating to children of all abilities.[/p][/quote]Yes, I would try for RGS. The teachers there are dedicated and wonderful, as are the Kings' teachers. A teacher
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10:02pm Wed 25 Jun 14

A teacher says...

Pomygranit wrote:
Would the WN be able to confim that the current head already has a new job to go to?

If so how long have they known about the closure?
Since March. That's when Catherine announced her departure.
[quote][p][bold]Pomygranit[/bold] wrote: Would the WN be able to confim that the current head already has a new job to go to? If so how long have they known about the closure?[/p][/quote]Since March. That's when Catherine announced her departure. A teacher
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10:12pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Fuzzyhead says...

What's really strange about this whole scenario is that someone I know was visiting the pre-school in February and overheard staff members talking about the nursery/school shutting at the end of the school year, this was very quickly denied by those concerned when challenged, needless to say this level of unprofessionalism made the decision not to send a child there very easy.
Worcester News seem to be reporting that the Head's new position has just been announced by her new school yet Westfield tweeted the information on 3rd Feb.
What's really strange about this whole scenario is that someone I know was visiting the pre-school in February and overheard staff members talking about the nursery/school shutting at the end of the school year, this was very quickly denied by those concerned when challenged, needless to say this level of unprofessionalism made the decision not to send a child there very easy. Worcester News seem to be reporting that the Head's new position has just been announced by her new school yet Westfield tweeted the information on 3rd Feb. Fuzzyhead
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10:37pm Wed 25 Jun 14

A teacher says...

alexmace wrote:
The head and deputy head already have new jobs - we had a letter from the chair of the trustees earlier this year about it, saying that the plan was for the school to be open in September, but that it did need capital restructuring.

So there you go.
Yes, their jobs were secured in the Spring, but the decision not to tell parents was taken then as well. This is appalling. I feel so terribly badly for good parents here.
[quote][p][bold]alexmace[/bold] wrote: The head and deputy head already have new jobs - we had a letter from the chair of the trustees earlier this year about it, saying that the plan was for the school to be open in September, but that it did need capital restructuring. So there you go.[/p][/quote]Yes, their jobs were secured in the Spring, but the decision not to tell parents was taken then as well. This is appalling. I feel so terribly badly for good parents here. A teacher
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11:09pm Wed 25 Jun 14

moonpig says...

ringthembells wrote:
Antone know what the "entry criteria" for RGS consist of ?
Does it mean that they won't be too keen if you are not a Grade A prospect ?
RGS have been working very hard with the governors at St Mary's to ensure that they can offer the girls places within their 3 schools however they also have their own standards to maintain. It is not about whether they are a Grade A prospect it is more about ensuring that they are able to provide a suitable education for each individual child. There are children at all of the RGS schools who have differing levels of attainment and education needs but it would be foolish to accept children who would not necessarily get the support they need. The benefit of RGS for the St Mary's parents is that they have 2 very different prep schools which should cater for everyones preferences. RGS Springfield is small with a family feel (very much like St Mary's) and RGS The Grange can offer a larger school experience. Hopefully all the St Mary's children can get places sorted at any school of their choice sooner rather than later.
[quote][p][bold]ringthembells[/bold] wrote: Antone know what the "entry criteria" for RGS consist of ? Does it mean that they won't be too keen if you are not a Grade A prospect ?[/p][/quote]RGS have been working very hard with the governors at St Mary's to ensure that they can offer the girls places within their 3 schools however they also have their own standards to maintain. It is not about whether they are a Grade A prospect it is more about ensuring that they are able to provide a suitable education for each individual child. There are children at all of the RGS schools who have differing levels of attainment and education needs but it would be foolish to accept children who would not necessarily get the support they need. The benefit of RGS for the St Mary's parents is that they have 2 very different prep schools which should cater for everyones preferences. RGS Springfield is small with a family feel (very much like St Mary's) and RGS The Grange can offer a larger school experience. Hopefully all the St Mary's children can get places sorted at any school of their choice sooner rather than later. moonpig
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12:12am Thu 26 Jun 14

MaddyMilton says...

My mistake... Monday 30th June @ 6pm
My mistake... Monday 30th June @ 6pm MaddyMilton
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12:02pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Heathfield School says...

We are so sorry to hear about the closure of St. Mary's and realise that it is a very anxious time for pupils, parents and staff. We do still have places in selected year groups and we are easily accessible from Worcester. We are holding an Open Morning on Monday 30th June from 9.30 until 12.00. Do ring us on 01562 850204, email info@heathfieldschoo
l.co.uk or just come along.
We are so sorry to hear about the closure of St. Mary's and realise that it is a very anxious time for pupils, parents and staff. We do still have places in selected year groups and we are easily accessible from Worcester. We are holding an Open Morning on Monday 30th June from 9.30 until 12.00. Do ring us on 01562 850204, email info@heathfieldschoo l.co.uk or just come along. Heathfield School
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12:33pm Thu 26 Jun 14

nicki1967 says...

@PaulMeUnder, I hope your comment about having a chip on one's shoulder wasn't directed at me. For the record, I lived just around the corner from St. Mary's, growing up, and my mother told me at the time that if I had failed the 11+ then my parents would have considered paying for me to go to the Convent. I am thankful that I did pass the 11+.
Someone else has mentioned about state schools not teaching Spanish. You are mistaken. I happen to know that my ex-husband's children are taught Spanish at Christopher Whitehead.
At the end of the day, it is about the child's abilities. If they are clever enough then it really shouldn't matter which school they attend.
@PaulMeUnder, I hope your comment about having a chip on one's shoulder wasn't directed at me. For the record, I lived just around the corner from St. Mary's, growing up, and my mother told me at the time that if I had failed the 11+ then my parents would have considered paying for me to go to the Convent. I am thankful that I did pass the 11+. Someone else has mentioned about state schools not teaching Spanish. You are mistaken. I happen to know that my ex-husband's children are taught Spanish at Christopher Whitehead. At the end of the day, it is about the child's abilities. If they are clever enough then it really shouldn't matter which school they attend. nicki1967
  • Score: 0

1:09pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Parent7899 says...

I am a current parent at St Mary's. My daughter has been there for 6 years and has been extremely happy and well supported by all staff. This is such an upsetting time for all parents, staff, girls and boys throughout the whole school. It is a particularly distressing time for girls in Yr10 and Yr12 and whilst RGS have offered places to all who pass their entrance test, unfortunately they do not offer all the GCSE & A Level subjects that St Mary's do and they sit a different examining board.

Edgbaston High School for girls offers the same subjects, sit AQA & OCR boards, will put on transport from Worcester and girls don't have to sit an entrance paper and have spaces! They have an open evening tonight 4.30-7.00pm.

I wish all children the very best, which ever school they choose to go to.

I would personally like to thank the Staff at St Mary's for all their support in this difficult time, in particular Mrs Emerick, and wish them all the very best for the future.
I am a current parent at St Mary's. My daughter has been there for 6 years and has been extremely happy and well supported by all staff. This is such an upsetting time for all parents, staff, girls and boys throughout the whole school. It is a particularly distressing time for girls in Yr10 and Yr12 and whilst RGS have offered places to all who pass their entrance test, unfortunately they do not offer all the GCSE & A Level subjects that St Mary's do and they sit a different examining board. Edgbaston High School for girls offers the same subjects, sit AQA & OCR boards, will put on transport from Worcester and girls don't have to sit an entrance paper and have spaces! They have an open evening tonight 4.30-7.00pm. I wish all children the very best, which ever school they choose to go to. I would personally like to thank the Staff at St Mary's for all their support in this difficult time, in particular Mrs Emerick, and wish them all the very best for the future. Parent7899
  • Score: 10

1:36pm Thu 26 Jun 14

PaulMeUnder says...

@nicki1967 actually my comments were directed towards WorcsBornandBred but as you quoted him and agreed with his referencing us as "snotty parents" they may well have been.

Independent education isn't just about academic abilities, its about the effort they put into nurturing their pupils and readying them for adult life. I went to state school, I remember being a voice in a room of many, rarely getting the teacher's attention as that was reserved for those who demanded it through misbehaviour. While I have many great memories of school, I don't remember any potential I may have had beingidentified or encouraged.

Yet, I see my daughter, who after only 5 years at St Mary's, having a totally different experience. Teacher's who are not under any pressure to try to manage a class of 30+ kids, teacher's who are able to take the time with each individual pupil and encourage them, care for them and love them.

That is what I am paying for, not because I don't want my daughter to mingle with the commoners (hey, I was born and raised in Chelmsley Wood!) but because I am willing make big sacrifices so that she has the best start in life, a life I am totally responsible for.

This situation is both sad and frustrating for the girls, the parents and the teachers, and it does not call for pithy politically leaning pointless comments...they serve only to hurt.
@nicki1967 actually my comments were directed towards WorcsBornandBred but as you quoted him and agreed with his referencing us as "snotty parents" they may well have been. Independent education isn't just about academic abilities, its about the effort they put into nurturing their pupils and readying them for adult life. I went to state school, I remember being a voice in a room of many, rarely getting the teacher's attention as that was reserved for those who demanded it through misbehaviour. While I have many great memories of school, I don't remember any potential I may have had beingidentified or encouraged. Yet, I see my daughter, who after only 5 years at St Mary's, having a totally different experience. Teacher's who are not under any pressure to try to manage a class of 30+ kids, teacher's who are able to take the time with each individual pupil and encourage them, care for them and love them. That is what I am paying for, not because I don't want my daughter to mingle with the commoners (hey, I was born and raised in Chelmsley Wood!) but because I am willing make big sacrifices so that she has the best start in life, a life I am totally responsible for. This situation is both sad and frustrating for the girls, the parents and the teachers, and it does not call for pithy politically leaning pointless comments...they serve only to hurt. PaulMeUnder
  • Score: 13

2:29pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Andrew@worcs says...

nicki1967 wrote:
@PaulMeUnder, I hope your comment about having a chip on one's shoulder wasn't directed at me. For the record, I lived just around the corner from St. Mary's, growing up, and my mother told me at the time that if I had failed the 11+ then my parents would have considered paying for me to go to the Convent. I am thankful that I did pass the 11+. Someone else has mentioned about state schools not teaching Spanish. You are mistaken. I happen to know that my ex-husband's children are taught Spanish at Christopher Whitehead. At the end of the day, it is about the child's abilities. If they are clever enough then it really shouldn't matter which school they attend.
I Disagree Nicki. I was a great believer in state education (it did me no harm), until my daughter started secondary school recently. Fee paying doesnt mean that you are fed with a silver spoon! Quite the opposite. For us it means a great sacrifice - no holidays & none of lifes luxurys. But you know what - its a very small price to pay to give your child such a fantastic opportunity.
[quote][p][bold]nicki1967[/bold] wrote: @PaulMeUnder, I hope your comment about having a chip on one's shoulder wasn't directed at me. For the record, I lived just around the corner from St. Mary's, growing up, and my mother told me at the time that if I had failed the 11+ then my parents would have considered paying for me to go to the Convent. I am thankful that I did pass the 11+. Someone else has mentioned about state schools not teaching Spanish. You are mistaken. I happen to know that my ex-husband's children are taught Spanish at Christopher Whitehead. At the end of the day, it is about the child's abilities. If they are clever enough then it really shouldn't matter which school they attend.[/p][/quote]I Disagree Nicki. I was a great believer in state education (it did me no harm), until my daughter started secondary school recently. Fee paying doesnt mean that you are fed with a silver spoon! Quite the opposite. For us it means a great sacrifice - no holidays & none of lifes luxurys. But you know what - its a very small price to pay to give your child such a fantastic opportunity. Andrew@worcs
  • Score: 14

7:19pm Thu 26 Jun 14

gemma6 says...

So many people assume that if you pay for it, it must be better. I have said on another thread that private schools have an air of 'The Emperor's Clothes ' about them. Parents work their socks of to give their children what they believe to be the best and so this is what they think they see. Parents of girls from St. Mary's speak to headteachers in the state sector. Ask to be allowed to visit the school on a normal working day and see for yourselves what is on offer. I think you will be extremely surprised.
So many people assume that if you pay for it, it must be better. I have said on another thread that private schools have an air of 'The Emperor's Clothes ' about them. Parents work their socks of to give their children what they believe to be the best and so this is what they think they see. Parents of girls from St. Mary's speak to headteachers in the state sector. Ask to be allowed to visit the school on a normal working day and see for yourselves what is on offer. I think you will be extremely surprised. gemma6
  • Score: -2

8:07pm Thu 26 Jun 14

aworcestermum says...

Sadly what most people and Worcester News have failed to mention is the closure of The Stables nursery. The nursery caters for boys and girls from tiny babies up to school age and costs the same as any other good private nursery in Worcester. It is not just the privileged few parents who are looking for school places, there are other hard working parents now desperate to find good quality childcare in time for September! An extra hassle they could clearly do without.
My son was there from 12 Months until he left for school at age 4 and he loved it. It's a shame all those children who have known each other and the lovely staff since such a young age will have to be scattered to the wind in other nurseries all over the city.
I wish everyone the best of luck at finding new nursery places and hope that all of the staff can find new jobs quickly as well.
Sadly what most people and Worcester News have failed to mention is the closure of The Stables nursery. The nursery caters for boys and girls from tiny babies up to school age and costs the same as any other good private nursery in Worcester. It is not just the privileged few parents who are looking for school places, there are other hard working parents now desperate to find good quality childcare in time for September! An extra hassle they could clearly do without. My son was there from 12 Months until he left for school at age 4 and he loved it. It's a shame all those children who have known each other and the lovely staff since such a young age will have to be scattered to the wind in other nurseries all over the city. I wish everyone the best of luck at finding new nursery places and hope that all of the staff can find new jobs quickly as well. aworcestermum
  • Score: 7

9:30pm Thu 26 Jun 14

OldPupil says...

As a pupil at St Mary’s when Mrs Cookson waded into the senior school, it is difficult to quantify the negative effect she had both on the staff and pupils. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at St Mary’s until that point when it became very apparent that some of our favorite teachers were incredibly unhappy. She seemed to have an agenda that quickly turned the school into a war zone. Teachers cried in class, others, bitterly, made it clear they were being axed, or downgraded. Without wishing to go into detail, it appeared that Mrs Cookson had lost sight of the integrity of the wonderful institution she was meant to be leading - on a temporary basis. No boardroom coup could ever have had more drama, more tears. Ultimately, this woman destroyed the school with many (not all) of the best teachers leaving. As an upper sixth class we were not quiet about our distaste of the situation, but I now wonder if we had made more of a fuss, could the school have been saved?
As a pupil at St Mary’s when Mrs Cookson waded into the senior school, it is difficult to quantify the negative effect she had both on the staff and pupils. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at St Mary’s until that point when it became very apparent that some of our favorite teachers were incredibly unhappy. She seemed to have an agenda that quickly turned the school into a war zone. Teachers cried in class, others, bitterly, made it clear they were being axed, or downgraded. Without wishing to go into detail, it appeared that Mrs Cookson had lost sight of the integrity of the wonderful institution she was meant to be leading - on a temporary basis. No boardroom coup could ever have had more drama, more tears. Ultimately, this woman destroyed the school with many (not all) of the best teachers leaving. As an upper sixth class we were not quiet about our distaste of the situation, but I now wonder if we had made more of a fuss, could the school have been saved? OldPupil
  • Score: 5

11:39pm Thu 26 Jun 14

MaddyMilton says...

Thank you for reposting your comment old pupil! Mine was deleted too and I didn't even say a lot, mainly that I hoped those teachers that left at that time knew how appreciated they were. I echo your thoughts!
Thank you for reposting your comment old pupil! Mine was deleted too and I didn't even say a lot, mainly that I hoped those teachers that left at that time knew how appreciated they were. I echo your thoughts! MaddyMilton
  • Score: 3

12:11am Fri 27 Jun 14

crazykids6 says...

The prep department has given my daughter an amazing head start and is filled with marvellous, dedicated teachers who have nurtured and loved the girls in their care.
I have not always found the standard of teaching in the senior school, nor the leadership to be as out standing.
St Mary's main issues seem to stem from incompetence in the bursarial and financial department and and a lack of transparency over events that have occurred within the school in the last two years that have caused parents to stand and watch aghast.
The calibre of some of the more recent employees , for example the bursar and her helpful assistant have not aided parents in feeling that the infrastructure within the school is solid and sound.
I feel for the teachers in all of this as they have commitments and lives which need financial attention. I hope that those girls whose education has been disrupted at such an important juncture in their education are able to move on from this and reach their full potential.
The prep department has given my daughter an amazing head start and is filled with marvellous, dedicated teachers who have nurtured and loved the girls in their care. I have not always found the standard of teaching in the senior school, nor the leadership to be as out standing. St Mary's main issues seem to stem from incompetence in the bursarial and financial department and and a lack of transparency over events that have occurred within the school in the last two years that have caused parents to stand and watch aghast. The calibre of some of the more recent employees , for example the bursar and her helpful assistant have not aided parents in feeling that the infrastructure within the school is solid and sound. I feel for the teachers in all of this as they have commitments and lives which need financial attention. I hope that those girls whose education has been disrupted at such an important juncture in their education are able to move on from this and reach their full potential. crazykids6
  • Score: 0

1:00am Fri 27 Jun 14

Mrs W. says...

My parents were not "snobby", but rather had both gone through the excellent grammar school system in the 1950s. When they saw what I had to look forward to in the late 1970s and early 80s - and with the 11+ to the girl's grammar only available to city residents - they decided we could go without big expensive holidays and flashy cars so they could put me in a school where i would have opportunities at least a little similar to them - even if it wasn't free like theirs.
My parents were not "snobby", but rather had both gone through the excellent grammar school system in the 1950s. When they saw what I had to look forward to in the late 1970s and early 80s - and with the 11+ to the girl's grammar only available to city residents - they decided we could go without big expensive holidays and flashy cars so they could put me in a school where i would have opportunities at least a little similar to them - even if it wasn't free like theirs. Mrs W.
  • Score: 2

2:45pm Fri 27 Jun 14

ACBLive says...

I would take serious issue with OldPupil who is talking nonsense about the former headmistress, Mrs Cookson. I very much remember the words of a very wise man, "Competent people are always hated!" Mrs Cookson was a very competent leader and served St Mary's very well. The reason for OldPupil's comments, I suspect, is to divert attention away from the person who has led the school over the last three years. The very same person who went out of her way to create direct conflict with parents (and children) by creating her own, self protective, clique so that parents and children could be separated into to two groups; those who were for her and those who were considered to be against her. Mrs Susan Cookson, former Headmistress of St Mary's School for Girls has no sides to her. She ran the school in complete harmony. However, in order to get effective results for paying parents (its the same principle for state educated children; the parents pay taxes and expect results) you sometimes have to get rid of the deadwood that stands in the way of success and achievement. Managing Directors of businesses do it every day!!!
No!! OldPupil, i'm sorry, you're wrong, the school may have been saved if the person who was leading it over the last three years had been more effective. Lets hope that that leader can be more effective elsewhere and not have the unfortunate tag of history repeating itself.
I would take serious issue with OldPupil who is talking nonsense about the former headmistress, Mrs Cookson. I very much remember the words of a very wise man, "Competent people are always hated!" Mrs Cookson was a very competent leader and served St Mary's very well. The reason for OldPupil's comments, I suspect, is to divert attention away from the person who has led the school over the last three years. The very same person who went out of her way to create direct conflict with parents (and children) by creating her own, self protective, clique so that parents and children could be separated into to two groups; those who were for her and those who were considered to be against her. Mrs Susan Cookson, former Headmistress of St Mary's School for Girls has no sides to her. She ran the school in complete harmony. However, in order to get effective results for paying parents (its the same principle for state educated children; the parents pay taxes and expect results) you sometimes have to get rid of the deadwood that stands in the way of success and achievement. Managing Directors of businesses do it every day!!! No!! OldPupil, i'm sorry, you're wrong, the school may have been saved if the person who was leading it over the last three years had been more effective. Lets hope that that leader can be more effective elsewhere and not have the unfortunate tag of history repeating itself. ACBLive
  • Score: -5

2:50pm Fri 27 Jun 14

ACBLive says...

just one question I do have, What ever happened to Linsay Breeze, St Mary's Bursar?
just one question I do have, What ever happened to Linsay Breeze, St Mary's Bursar? ACBLive
  • Score: 0

2:52pm Fri 27 Jun 14

CJH says...

ACBLive wrote:
I would take serious issue with OldPupil who is talking nonsense about the former headmistress, Mrs Cookson. I very much remember the words of a very wise man, "Competent people are always hated!" Mrs Cookson was a very competent leader and served St Mary's very well. The reason for OldPupil's comments, I suspect, is to divert attention away from the person who has led the school over the last three years. The very same person who went out of her way to create direct conflict with parents (and children) by creating her own, self protective, clique so that parents and children could be separated into to two groups; those who were for her and those who were considered to be against her. Mrs Susan Cookson, former Headmistress of St Mary's School for Girls has no sides to her. She ran the school in complete harmony. However, in order to get effective results for paying parents (its the same principle for state educated children; the parents pay taxes and expect results) you sometimes have to get rid of the deadwood that stands in the way of success and achievement. Managing Directors of businesses do it every day!!!
No!! OldPupil, i'm sorry, you're wrong, the school may have been saved if the person who was leading it over the last three years had been more effective. Lets hope that that leader can be more effective elsewhere and not have the unfortunate tag of history repeating itself.
But several people have made similar comments about Mrs Cookson. They can't all be wrong can they?
[quote][p][bold]ACBLive[/bold] wrote: I would take serious issue with OldPupil who is talking nonsense about the former headmistress, Mrs Cookson. I very much remember the words of a very wise man, "Competent people are always hated!" Mrs Cookson was a very competent leader and served St Mary's very well. The reason for OldPupil's comments, I suspect, is to divert attention away from the person who has led the school over the last three years. The very same person who went out of her way to create direct conflict with parents (and children) by creating her own, self protective, clique so that parents and children could be separated into to two groups; those who were for her and those who were considered to be against her. Mrs Susan Cookson, former Headmistress of St Mary's School for Girls has no sides to her. She ran the school in complete harmony. However, in order to get effective results for paying parents (its the same principle for state educated children; the parents pay taxes and expect results) you sometimes have to get rid of the deadwood that stands in the way of success and achievement. Managing Directors of businesses do it every day!!! No!! OldPupil, i'm sorry, you're wrong, the school may have been saved if the person who was leading it over the last three years had been more effective. Lets hope that that leader can be more effective elsewhere and not have the unfortunate tag of history repeating itself.[/p][/quote]But several people have made similar comments about Mrs Cookson. They can't all be wrong can they? CJH
  • Score: 5

5:21pm Fri 27 Jun 14

ACBLive says...

I'm afraid they are wrong. Lets use your analogy of, "Could the school have been saved?" A school like St Mary's doesn't just fail in a shock announcement one Summers' evening - usually there are a number of people who know what's going on behind the scenes. It would be interesting to know how long it has been known? My guess is twelve months. Like any business, your customer base is king!!! Upset it at your peril and suffer the consequences of bad will and ill feelings. If some of your customers are having hard times (haven't we all suffered in some way since 2008) don't jump on them with County Court Judgments and threaten them with bankruptcy, but rather work with them so that when the good times return, their loyalty will be worth far more to you than a couple of thousand pounds of late payments over a few months. Sometimes new incumbents may well appear to have the required acumen to run a business, but its actions rather the PR spin that determines how effective an MD of a company will be from the perspective of people management and the team effort. Split teams where one group are left out because there's a clique of 'The right people' and 'The wrong people' never works in the long run and eventually that way will always fail. You have to carry people with you in business as well as in politics and you can't run a business by favouring one group over another. Its easy to blame Mrs Cookson because she's not here to defend herself, especially as i'm led to believe she has suffered bereavement of a close family member, your words and others like them are hurtful. No i'm sorry, the buck stops with the person who's in charge now. I mean if you want to start levelling blame, why don't you blame the Nuns for leaving St. Marys or blame the Headmistress before Mrs Cookson. Why don't we blame Michael Gove while we're at it. NO! Who was in charge of St Mary's over the last three years? What did that person know 3/6/12/18 months ago? When the Worcester News can make further comment on its assertion of the 25th June - "Even so, it is a major surprise, and we suspect there is more to it than a downturn in income" then we'll all know what has been happening over three years and twelve months in particular.
I'm afraid they are wrong. Lets use your analogy of, "Could the school have been saved?" A school like St Mary's doesn't just fail in a shock announcement one Summers' evening - usually there are a number of people who know what's going on behind the scenes. It would be interesting to know how long it has been known? My guess is twelve months. Like any business, your customer base is king!!! Upset it at your peril and suffer the consequences of bad will and ill feelings. If some of your customers are having hard times (haven't we all suffered in some way since 2008) don't jump on them with County Court Judgments and threaten them with bankruptcy, but rather work with them so that when the good times return, their loyalty will be worth far more to you than a couple of thousand pounds of late payments over a few months. Sometimes new incumbents may well appear to have the required acumen to run a business, but its actions rather the PR spin that determines how effective an MD of a company will be from the perspective of people management and the team effort. Split teams where one group are left out because there's a clique of 'The right people' and 'The wrong people' never works in the long run and eventually that way will always fail. You have to carry people with you in business as well as in politics and you can't run a business by favouring one group over another. Its easy to blame Mrs Cookson because she's not here to defend herself, especially as i'm led to believe she has suffered bereavement of a close family member, your words and others like them are hurtful. No i'm sorry, the buck stops with the person who's in charge now. I mean if you want to start levelling blame, why don't you blame the Nuns for leaving St. Marys or blame the Headmistress before Mrs Cookson. Why don't we blame Michael Gove while we're at it. NO! Who was in charge of St Mary's over the last three years? What did that person know 3/6/12/18 months ago? When the Worcester News can make further comment on its assertion of the 25th June - "Even so, it is a major surprise, and we suspect there is more to it than a downturn in income" then we'll all know what has been happening over three years and twelve months in particular. ACBLive
  • Score: -1

6:24pm Fri 27 Jun 14

ACBLive says...

One other thought - St Mary's would make an ideal location as an already established religious centre for transition into a new Mosque for all the people of Worcester - it would then be preserved and looked after as it should be.
The present mosque in Worcester is very unattractive and a move to St. Mary's would make a lot of sense.
One other thought - St Mary's would make an ideal location as an already established religious centre for transition into a new Mosque for all the people of Worcester - it would then be preserved and looked after as it should be. The present mosque in Worcester is very unattractive and a move to St. Mary's would make a lot of sense. ACBLive
  • Score: -9

6:57pm Fri 27 Jun 14

CJH says...

ACBLive wrote:
One other thought - St Mary's would make an ideal location as an already established religious centre for transition into a new Mosque for all the people of Worcester - it would then be preserved and looked after as it should be.
The present mosque in Worcester is very unattractive and a move to St. Mary's would make a lot of sense.
Blimey, you're everywhere tonight aren't you? Just like *** **** (fill in the blank).
[quote][p][bold]ACBLive[/bold] wrote: One other thought - St Mary's would make an ideal location as an already established religious centre for transition into a new Mosque for all the people of Worcester - it would then be preserved and looked after as it should be. The present mosque in Worcester is very unattractive and a move to St. Mary's would make a lot of sense.[/p][/quote]Blimey, you're everywhere tonight aren't you? Just like *** **** (fill in the blank). CJH
  • Score: 6

11:09pm Fri 27 Jun 14

WorcsBornandBred says...

CJH wrote:
ACBLive wrote:
One other thought - St Mary's would make an ideal location as an already established religious centre for transition into a new Mosque for all the people of Worcester - it would then be preserved and looked after as it should be.
The present mosque in Worcester is very unattractive and a move to St. Mary's would make a lot of sense.
Blimey, you're everywhere tonight aren't you? Just like *** **** (fill in the blank).
I think a new mosque would go down as well as a the closure of St Mary's!
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ACBLive[/bold] wrote: One other thought - St Mary's would make an ideal location as an already established religious centre for transition into a new Mosque for all the people of Worcester - it would then be preserved and looked after as it should be. The present mosque in Worcester is very unattractive and a move to St. Mary's would make a lot of sense.[/p][/quote]Blimey, you're everywhere tonight aren't you? Just like *** **** (fill in the blank).[/p][/quote]I think a new mosque would go down as well as a the closure of St Mary's! WorcsBornandBred
  • Score: 2

11:05am Sat 28 Jun 14

Tennis fan says...

Haven't people read the inspection report from September? Leadership was unsatisfactory and not compliant with safeguarding. Major failings and parents seem not to have been bothered?
Haven't people read the inspection report from September? Leadership was unsatisfactory and not compliant with safeguarding. Major failings and parents seem not to have been bothered? Tennis fan
  • Score: 4

8:45pm Mon 30 Jun 14

DeBrian Thronker says...

Blessing in disguise, this. Means they can all get themselves along to King's, which is a far superior school.
Blessing in disguise, this. Means they can all get themselves along to King's, which is a far superior school. DeBrian Thronker
  • Score: 0

11:09pm Tue 8 Jul 14

A teacher says...

ringthembells wrote:
Antone know what the "entry criteria" for RGS consist of ?
Does it mean that they won't be too keen if you are not a Grade A prospect ?
I think it is game over now. Why pay £3000 a term for 73percent gcse rates when local state schools offer 78 percent gcse rates for free. FREE.

St Mary;s could have been worcester's USP. I could have turned it round within less than a year.
[quote][p][bold]ringthembells[/bold] wrote: Antone know what the "entry criteria" for RGS consist of ? Does it mean that they won't be too keen if you are not a Grade A prospect ?[/p][/quote]I think it is game over now. Why pay £3000 a term for 73percent gcse rates when local state schools offer 78 percent gcse rates for free. FREE. St Mary;s could have been worcester's USP. I could have turned it round within less than a year. A teacher
  • Score: -2

11:09pm Tue 8 Jul 14

A teacher says...

ringthembells wrote:
Antone know what the "entry criteria" for RGS consist of ?
Does it mean that they won't be too keen if you are not a Grade A prospect ?
I think it is game over now. Why pay £3000 a term for 73percent gcse rates when local state schools offer 78 percent gcse rates for free. FREE.

St Mary;s could have been worcester's USP. I could have turned it round within less than a year.
[quote][p][bold]ringthembells[/bold] wrote: Antone know what the "entry criteria" for RGS consist of ? Does it mean that they won't be too keen if you are not a Grade A prospect ?[/p][/quote]I think it is game over now. Why pay £3000 a term for 73percent gcse rates when local state schools offer 78 percent gcse rates for free. FREE. St Mary;s could have been worcester's USP. I could have turned it round within less than a year. A teacher
  • Score: -3

1:07pm Mon 21 Jul 14

TidyDancer says...

A teacher wrote:
ringthembells wrote:
Antone know what the "entry criteria" for RGS consist of ?
Does it mean that they won't be too keen if you are not a Grade A prospect ?
I think it is game over now. Why pay £3000 a term for 73percent gcse rates when local state schools offer 78 percent gcse rates for free. FREE.

St Mary;s could have been worcester's USP. I could have turned it round within less than a year.
St Mary's GCSE results were a lot better than 78%.
[quote][p][bold]A teacher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ringthembells[/bold] wrote: Antone know what the "entry criteria" for RGS consist of ? Does it mean that they won't be too keen if you are not a Grade A prospect ?[/p][/quote]I think it is game over now. Why pay £3000 a term for 73percent gcse rates when local state schools offer 78 percent gcse rates for free. FREE. St Mary;s could have been worcester's USP. I could have turned it round within less than a year.[/p][/quote]St Mary's GCSE results were a lot better than 78%. TidyDancer
  • Score: 0

1:21pm Mon 21 Jul 14

CJH says...

A teacher wrote:
ringthembells wrote:
Antone know what the "entry criteria" for RGS consist of ?
Does it mean that they won't be too keen if you are not a Grade A prospect ?
I think it is game over now. Why pay £3000 a term for 73percent gcse rates when local state schools offer 78 percent gcse rates for free. FREE.

St Mary;s could have been worcester's USP. I could have turned it round within less than a year.
How many times is it now that you've told us you could have turned the school around? Too many...
[quote][p][bold]A teacher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ringthembells[/bold] wrote: Antone know what the "entry criteria" for RGS consist of ? Does it mean that they won't be too keen if you are not a Grade A prospect ?[/p][/quote]I think it is game over now. Why pay £3000 a term for 73percent gcse rates when local state schools offer 78 percent gcse rates for free. FREE. St Mary;s could have been worcester's USP. I could have turned it round within less than a year.[/p][/quote]How many times is it now that you've told us you could have turned the school around? Too many... CJH
  • Score: 1

2:45pm Mon 21 Jul 14

danieled says...

Tidy Dancer

A Teacher is a disgruntled teacher from St Mary's. Apparently she was a bit of a nuisance.

Which is why she didn't tell us that in A Levels last year St Mary's beat every other school in Worcester and came very high in the national tables.
Tidy Dancer A Teacher is a disgruntled teacher from St Mary's. Apparently she was a bit of a nuisance. Which is why she didn't tell us that in A Levels last year St Mary's beat every other school in Worcester and came very high in the national tables. danieled
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