St Marylebone Parish Church is a place of active and engaged Christian witness, set at the very heart of central London. With a history stretching back nearly 900 years, we seek to offer God worship that has long been renowned for musical and liturgical excellence and to serve the diverse community in which we are set. As a Major Parish Church the Church of England recognises that St Marylebone is a place of “exceptional significance, has a role beyond that of a typical parish church and that we make a considerable civic, cultural and economic contribution to our community”.
The Rector of St Marylebone,
The Revd Canon Dr Stephen Evans, writes:
The St Marylebone Church of England Schools
The parish church is proud to have two Church Schools, each offers the highest quality teaching and learning experience to its pupils. Students and staff worship in the parish church at least every week. Fr Jack Noble serves as School Chaplain to both schools.
The St Marylebone Church of England School
“This school is an exceptional place, where students flourish both academically and personally within a strong spiritual ethos.” OFSTED
Painted by Sir Hugh Casson CH, KCVO, PPRA, RDI in 1991 for School’s Bicentenary
The St. Marylebone School, a non-selective Academy Church of England Foundation (1791), aims to achieve the highest standards of effort, behaviour and commitment so that all pupils have an opportunity to realise their full potential. We seek to inspire a love of learning and a genuine respect for all members of our multi-cultural, multi-faith community. As a church school we nurture respect for religious, moral and spiritual values.
The School aims to help and enable pupils to:
The fulfilment of these aims creates a well-ordered community, with high standards and a caring approach, which recognises that the purpose of school is to equip pupils with the skills they will require as balanced, mature and fulfilled individuals in our society.
At the latest Ofsted inspection, St Marylebone was judged "outstanding in every respect"
Some facts about our School:
The declared religious affiliation of students is as follows:
The St Marylebone School began as the St Marylebone Day School of Industry, founded in 1791 in what was then Paradise Street, now Moxon Street, to educate the children of the poor in the parish. Boys and girls were taught skills such as needlework and straw plaiting. The school was funded by donations, charity sermons and income from the children's handiwork.
In 1808, with the support of local philanthropist and social reformer Sir Thomas Bernard the school moved to 82 Marylebone High Street, which is now the boutique store Rachel Riley. Subsequently, to make room for growing numbers, it moved to a site on Paddington Street, which is identifiable today as the Former Mission Church of the Good Shepherd.
In 1858 the 5th Duke of Portland bought a plot of ground near the top of Marylebone High Street and covenanted the site to be used for a girls' school in perpetuity. The main site of the school has been there ever since.
The Day School of Industry had been incorporated with Sir Thomas Bernard's school under the direction of the Governors of the Church of England's United National Schools. In 1858, it became known as Central National School, to distinguish it from the Eastern (now All Souls CE Primary) and Western National Schools (now St Mary's Bryanston Square CE Primary) founded in 1824 at nearby parishes.
The boys' section was eventually closed and it became a girls' school, adopting its current name. In the 1960s-70s the school used a building in Penfold Street, about 15 minutes from the main site, for domestic science lessons; this building is now used by the Westminster Youth Service. In 2005, the sixth form moved to part of a building in Blandford Street that had housed a convent; in 2008-9 this was demolished and rebuilt as a five-story, university-style Sixth Form Centre.
During the school's grant-maintained period, it was highly selective and the school used to interview parents and prospective pupils.
Between 2005 and 2010, the main site saw extensive building and refurbishment work. Major new facilities were opened in 2007, including an innovative below-ground gymnasium and dance studios as well as a music recording studio space and a three-story visual and performing arts space.
In 2013, exam results were the best in Westminster and the school topped the DfE League Table comparing all schools nationally with a similar intake. For the 11th year running, well over 90% of GCSE entries received A*-C grades and more than half received A* or A. St Marylebone is one of the most oversubscribed schools in London and is the top non-selective school in London.
The St Marylebone CE School is a National Teaching School & a National Maths Hub.
The St Marylebone Church of England Bridge School
“The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a church school is Outstanding. The impact of collective worship on the school community is Outstanding.” SIAMS
In September 2013, The St Marylebone CE School opened an affiliate Special School, The St Marylebone CE Bridge School, a co-educational Church of England Special Free School Academy which aims to provide a high quality education for children with special educational needs aged 11- 16, whose primary needs are related to their Speech, Language and Communication.
The Bridge School is a co-educational Free Special School providing "an innovative education to students with statements for Speech, Language and Communication".
By nurturing Compassion, Kindness, Forgiveness and Peace the School has created a calm, safe and enjoyable learning environment where everyone matters and in which the pupils regularly experience success. A broad and balanced curriculum guarantees that pupils access a range of qualifications that foster academic success, independence and social awareness while ensuring that every pupil reaches their full potential. The school is committed to developing its pupils as active, skilled citizens, with strong moral values who contribute positively to life in modern Britain. Affiliation with St Marylebone CE School, an outstanding mainstream school, enriches the provision and further enables the School to serve its pupils.
More information is available on the St Marylebone CE Bridge School website:
Both Schools have adopted Colossians, Chapter 3, verses 12 – 17 as a guiding inspiration:
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ[g] dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
The St Marylebone CE School and The St Marylebone CE Bridge School
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