Welcome to the School

As a relatively small community secondary school of about 600 students, staff and governors, we feel that the school has a number of distinctive features that makes it a little bit special.

"The Parent View responses indicate that parents have very positive views about the school" – OFSTED, 2013
"Mary Webb is a fantastic school" – Parent, Summer 2013
 
Mary Webb School is situated in a particularly beautiful location in the village of Pontesbury, just a few miles south of Shrewsbury. The site, surrounded by hills and woodland, provides an ideal setting for a school that aims to provide an educational experience firmly rooted in a rural context. We seek to open minds and widen horizons by ensuring that all our students are prepared for the challenges of life in the twenty-first century.
 
We aim to provide an environment in which each and every student can develop and flourish, and where the pursuit of excellence, in terms of personal development and academic achievement, is the aspiration of all.
 
Care for students as individuals is, and must be, at the centre of all we do. As a relatively small school we are able to ensure that every student is known. Through the welfare system, built around the form tutor and house system, we aim to provide the support and guidance necessary to ensure a happy and successful school life for all our students. Where required, we work closely with a range of agencies to support students and families.
 
 "Students say they feel safe and demonstrate a good understanding of how to keep themselves safe" – OFSTED, 2013
 
The curriculum at Key Stage 4 is based around a core GCSE offer. We believe that this provides students with robust qualifications that support transition to post-16 education, training and employment. GCSE examination results at Mary Webb are above the national average across the curriculum. In 2013 the headline 5+ A*-C, including English and mathematics, was 65%. This is above both the national and Shropshire average.
 
Curriculum innovation in science, mathematics, technology and land and environmental studies is providing the students with exciting, challenging, creative and relevant opportunities. This is further supported by strong curriculum provision in humanities, languages, creative and performance subjects, including physical education. The school's wide and increasing range of enrichment activities eg clubs, sports teams, creative arts opportunities, trips and visits, is something we are very proud of. 
 
Students achieve their best when school and home work together. We are working with parents to develop this partnership and in the last year we have introduced a range of workshops to support parents in working with their children at home. Throughout the year we maintain regular contact through consultation evenings, the annual student report and progress reviews. The commitment of parents to the wider life of the school is demonstrated through the fundraising activities of a vibrant and highly successful Parent Teacher Association. In 2010 we introduced a parents' forum, aimed at involving parents even more closely in the development of the school.
 
We recognise that no brochure can provide a complete picture of the opportunities and complexities of a modern secondary school and so we would encourage students and families, thinking of joining us, to come and visit. Our students love the chance to show visitors their school. Our website, www.marywebbschool.com, will provide you with further information.
 
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries, would like additional information, or if you wish to make an appointment to visit us.
 
We look forward to meeting you.
 
Andrew Smith   Martyn Cribb

Mr A J Smith
Head Teacher

 
Mr M Cribb
Chair of Governors