Uniform skirt supply issues (for skirt orders with Rawcliffe's only).

InformationDear Parents / Carers We have been informed by Rawcliffe's that their supplier is experiencing difficulties supplying St Mary's pattern of skirt in time for the start of term. The suppliers will deliver the correct style of skirt on the 12th September. In the interim time the suppliers have agreed to supply Rawcliffe's with an alternative style of skirt which I have vetted with the company.

Any student who has ordered a skirt with Rawcliffe's will be provided with the alternative style as a temporary replacement. As soon as the correct skirts are delivered on the 12th September the temporary skirt should be exchanged for the correct St Mary's skirt style. This means that students affected by this issue should be in the correct style of skirt by the 15th September.

The temporary skirt style will be available in Rawcliffe's from Thursday 28th August and is the only alternative that will be accepted in school.

This issue only affects orders for some students who ordered through Rawcliffe's.

Rawcliffe's have asked me to pass on their sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused by this supplier issue which is outside of their control,

Yours sincerely
Mr Eccles 

GCSE Results 2014

GCSE results 2014
Fourteen top performing students Aced it this year achieving 100 A* or A grades between them in their GCSE examinations. A number of the group consisting of: Ghassan Al-Idari, Ethan Ashton, Roxanne Elson, Katie Geddes, Chloe Gray, Sophie Hamilton-Walker, Luke Lavery, Jan Mieszczak, Elena Pennington, Scarlett Rhodes, Charlie Rogers-Smith, Niamh Ronson, Emma Scanlan and Emily Watters are pictured shortly after receiving their top results. 

Jan echoed the thoughts of many, “I’m pleased with my results which were a payoff for my hard work. I had a great time at St. Mary’s. I think that the atmosphere in the school is amazing”. The students already have ideas of where to in the future – studying medicine, degrees in sciences and languages plus outward bound instructor all appeared as aspirations.

Results were slightly down compared to last year with half of students achieving the 5+A*-CEM benchmark. The “volatility” warned about by the Examination Regulator has been apparent. Stephen Tierney, Executive Headteacher commented, “My congratulations go to all the students who have produced so many top grades. This year group of students have worked with us through the last four years of the building programme. I hope they are pleased with their results, wish them well for the future and thank them for their efforts. It’s difficult to know exactly how to feel this year. There has been huge turbulence nationally and substantial changes to the way examinations have been sat by students. With further changes to what’s included in performance measures it’s difficult to compare with previous years. ”

There are great times ahead for the College. It will become St. Mary’s Catholic Academy on the 1st September 2014. It is one of the academies in the newly formed Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust. The building work is now completed with the final act, the handover of Christ the King, occurring during the summer holidays.

Any Y11 student with 5+ A*-Cs including English & Maths, from either St. Mary’s or any other local secondary schools, who would like to join our thriving Sixth Form please contact Mrs Murray (Head of Sixth Form) on 01253 396286 as soon as possible to discuss your future.

Have an Enjoyable Summer!

Dear students & parents,

Summer 2014We are now closed for the summer holidays. Thank you for all your efforts and support over the past year. We wish you a very enjoyable summer break.

GCSE Results Day is Thursday 21st August 2014 and the College will open at 9:00 a.m. for collection of results. Throughout the morning we will be interviewing and finalising places for St. Mary's Sixth Form. If you haven't already got an appointment we will make arrangements on the day.

The College will close at 1:00 p.m.

Finally, we will re-open for students on Wednesday 3rd September 2014. We are looking forward to welcoming all students back to school particularly our new Year 7. New Year 7 students will be met at the front of the College, by senior staff, and escorted to the Chapel for a start of year assembly. The assembly will be taken by Mr Eccles, the new headteacher at St. Mary's Catholic College.

Yours sincerely,
Stephen Tierney

A-Level Results. High Achieving, High Flying and High Kicking

A & AS Level results
In another good year for the Sixth Form at St. Mary’s 100% of students left with at least one A- level. Amongst the highest achieving students were Amy Markland (Eng Lit – A, Pol – A, RS – A and Extended Project Qualification – A*) and Craig Richardson (Chem – A, Maths – A, Further Maths – A and Phy – A). A delighted Amy said, “I’m relieved that all the hard work has paid off, now for another three years of hard work at Lancaster University. St. Mary’s has given me some amazing memories that I will cherish forever. The amount of care that is taken for each person throughout their A-levels is a key part of St. Mary’s I’ll miss.” This conveyor belt of success has led to alumni like Sam Ashworth achieving a 1st class honours degree in chemistry this year and many students training to be doctors or recently qualifying.

Headteacher Designate, Mr Simon Eccles stated, "I am extremely pleased with the excellent A level results which are the fruits of the hard work of students and the commitment of our teaching staff to developing innovative lessons. Staff and students also benefitted from our move into new state of the art facilities all of which provides a platform for continued future success."

The success looks set for years to come with record AS-level results in the highly challenging A- levels Sciences. The combined pass rate for Biology, Chemistry & Physics was 90%, well above the national average in these subjects, with half of the grades the coveted top A and B grades. Amongst the students laying down the foundations for great success next year were Maria Mills, Grace Oldfield, Joe Walsh, Kirsty Wheelhouse and Angus Young who all achieved at least three grade As in the first year of their A-level studies. The students were fulsome in their praise, “The teaching staff are so supportive and went above and beyond to help me achieve these results ... Really, really amazing Sixth Form ... I’ve built lots of strong friendships and really enjoyed my time ... I’m very pleased with my results, so happy I decided to come to St. Mary’s.”

Eleanor Scott Rattray was one of a number of high flying students who decided to pursue a work based route post A-level, instead of university. Eleanor was in the top 1% of the thousands of students who applied for an apprenticeship with British Aerospace. She starts with BAE Systems Project Management Team shortly. Despite having an offer of a university place other St. Mary’s students decided to pursue their career choice directly through employment. Michale Riley will enter the Civil Service, Dom Brown Lancashire County Council and Greg Holden is pursuing his dream of becoming a Groundsman through additional studies at Myerscough College.

Mrs Liz Murray, Senior Head of Sixth Form, was clear how the success was achieved, “The sound support systems we have in place definitely ensure success for our students. This, with St. Mary's rich sense of community and pride in all of our students makes our Sixth Form unique.”

High kicking Janine Somico and Jess Colacurcio, stars of the College productions Joseph & His Technicolor Dreamcoat and Totally Over You, will be heading for the bright lights of the stage. Both have secured unconditional offers to study Dance & Performing Arts and intend to pursue their dreams.