Education, Theology and Leadership at St Mary's

The School of Education, Theology and Leadership is a nationally and internationally regarded provider of Initial Teacher Education, Theology and Religious Studies, Physical and Sport Education and Postgraduate programmes.

Our mission is to be a model of collaborative professional engagement, in which provision for all stages of students’ education is characterised by our distinctive and yet inclusive catholic nature.

This is manifested in a culture which promotes, with integrity, support and challenge, collaboration, partnership and passion in learning in order to nurture students ready to meet the challenges of today and anticipate and shape those of tomorrow.

Initial Teacher Education

St Mary’s excellent reputation is derived from the trainees, both primary and secondary, that continue to become leading professionals in schools both locally and further afield.

In line with the University Mission Statement, the programme seeks to prepare teachers for both religious and secular schools at home and abroad with special provision for those intending to teach in Roman Catholic and other Christian schools.

In our last Ofsted inspection St Mary’s was graded ‘Outstanding,’ We demonstrated that the University has a strong commitment to producing outstanding teachers, which meet local and wider needs, including those in challenging circumstances. 

Ofsted commended St Mary’s for our caring pastoral ethos, which now extends into supporting the professional development needs of our trainees as they progress through their NQT year and beyond. The inspection highlighted the dedication, enthusiasm, expertise and professionalism of our staff.

Physical and Sport Education

Our Physical and Sport Education programme continues the tradition and reputation of St Mary’s for excellence in physical education.
Single Honours in Physical and Sport Education is excellent preparation for students who wish to become teachers. This career pathway prepares you to apply for postgraduate routes into teaching.

The Physical and Sport Education degree also offers opportunities to develop skills in other settings, including Coach Education and Sport Development.


St Mary’s research-rich environment underpins our Theology and Religious Studies programmes. Led by the Centres for Initiatives in Spirituality and Reconciliation (InSpiRe) and Social-Scientific Study of the Bible, as well as the Aquinas Research Centre, Theology at St Mary’s embraces Foundation, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and PhD programmes. 

Education, Theology and leadership NSS results 2015

In the 2016 National Student Survey 90% of Education, Theology and Leadership students agreed that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching. School of scored 88% for acccess to learning resources and

The School also scored 88% for acccess to learning resources.