Dr. McCarthy and St Gregory Students

Welcome from the Principal

Welcome to our school; the only Catholic secondary school in Oxford City, and one of only two Catholic secondary schools in Oxfordshire. At St Gregory’s we pride ourselves on our warm, inclusive, and happy community, where children of all faiths and none are welcome to share in our high aspirations and ambitions.

As a through school from 4-19, we live out our ideals by caring for students from their earliest days in education right through to their move into work or further education and training. Our thriving sixth form means that older students help to mentor and coach our youngest students, and show them pathways to success.

A key part of our vision is to attain the highest academic standards for our students, taking into account their individual needs and abilities. We make no apology for striving for the best possible outcomes for our students, promoting excellence from the outset, and monitoring achievement rigorously in order to ensure that swift progress is made in every subject. This year at GCSE we have seen a larger number of students than ever hit the top grades, with students achieving up to 13 A* grades each. Our top student this year, who achieved 13A* grades, including 3 grade 9s (A**), was in addition personally congratulated by the exam board for his exceptional result in Further Maths, which meant he was one of only nine students across the whole country to get full marks in that challenging extension exam.

We are currently the school in Oxfordshire with the best Academic Progress in A-Level (and in the top 3% of the country), which reflects how we nurture students who may not have been academic high-flyers at GCSE until they can compete with the best in the country. Each year we prepare students for Oxbridge entry, and have a record of success with medical students, this year hosting our own ‘introduction to medicine’ sessions in partnership with local Doctors.

We warmly encourage wider community links, and work with local groups and religious orders so as to allow students to experience community service in a wider context. The support of families, parents and carers is essential to us, and we continually emphasise the value of communication between school and home in creating a warm, happy and vibrant community where every child feels safe and valued.

Our prospectus will tell you more about what we have to offer, and give you a snapshot of the school, and our website provides updates on news and events. However, there is no substitute for a personal visit. If you are considering becoming part of our school, as a teacher, parent, student or volunteer, you are warmly invited to come and experience our school in action, not just on open days, but throughout the year.

Dr Marcella McCarthy
MA D.Phil (Oxon)