Specialist Arts College Status :
 We are very proud of our specialist arts status. The specialism enables us to provide a richer and more varied range of opportunities for every student. Through the arts we are committed to providing life-affirming experiences for our young people, opportunities for creativity and self-expression, higher standards of attainment in all subjects, as well as enhanced teaching and learning throughout the school. The arts are also a vehicle through which we celebrate our Catholic heritage as they enhance liturgy, prayer, assemblies and meditations. The life of our community is also enriched by the role of the arts in acknowledging the power of diversity and the creativity of other traditions.
Artsmark Gold:
The Arts Council England’s national award evaluates, celebrates and develops quality arts education. St Margaret Ward is extremely proud to hold this prestigious award and through it, every student has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts and all the benefits that they can bring.


Our school community is committed to fairtrade. We therefore ensure our use of fairtrade products whenever possible and take every opportunity to promote it across the curriculum and to our wider community.  We teach and learn about how global trade operates and why fairtrade is so important in the 21st Century. Each month we hold a fairtrade stall in school and during fairtrade fortnight each year, we are invited by the Lord Mayor to showcase our commitment at his fairtrade reception.


International Schools:
As part of the British Council’s work to promote global awareness within schools, St Margaret Ward in an accredited International School. Our global curriculum and extra-curricular activities provide our students with international learning experiences, including developing close relationships with partner schools throughout Europe and the wider world.
St Margaret Ward is part of this international award programme that guides schools on a sustainable journey. We are committed to embedding principles based around sustainability into the heart of our school. Our students understand, for example, the need to recycle and many take a keen interest in reducing their carbon footprint. As our building programme develops, we hope that there will be increased opportunities to preserve our environment and educate our students in the importance of sustainable living.


Healthy schools programme:
Through our commitment to being a healthy school, we strive to address all aspects of our students’ health and wellbeing: physical, social and emotional. Healthy lifestyles are promoted within the curriculum and through the extra-curricular life of the school. Our pastoral care network also provides students with advice and guidance for a healthy way of life.


Sport England:
We are committed to creating a healthy school through increased investment in sport and active recreation at St Margaret Ward. We strive to increase the number of our students who play sport regularly and who enjoy the experience of doing so and that our youngsters have every opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Stoke Olympic Charter:
Our school is committed to ensuring a genuine and lasting Olympic legacy from London 2012 by delivering high quality PE and sport in partnership with other schools and encompassing the seven Olympic and Paralympic values.
Quality Mark for Physical Education & Sport:
In line with this accreditation, we believe that all young people are entitled to benefit from a high quality physical education that then supports other learning right across the curriculum. Such a commitment contributes to healthy and active lifestyles, improves emotional well being, reduces poor behaviour, increases attendance and develops key skills such as leadership, confidence and social skills.
The 360 degree safe award is intended to help schools review their online safety policy and practice. It provides:
  • Information that can influence the production or review of e-safety policies and develop good practice.
  • A process for identifying strengths and weaknesses.
  • Opportunities for commitment and involvement from the whole school.
  • A continuum for schools to discuss how they might move from a basic level provision for e-safety to practice that is aspirational and innovative.