Lead Role for Year 12 Student

Jack TaylorOver the summer, one of our Year 12 students starred in TramShed Theatre Company’s production of Fun of the Fair. TramShed is an inclusive theatre company.  Jack Taylor played the lead role in the comedy about a struggling fun fair in Blackpool. Jack is an outstandingly talented comedy actor as many of you will know through his role as Vince Fontaine, the radio presenter,  in the Academy’s production of Grease and Wilbur in Hairspray. In both productions, Jack had the audience rolling around the aisles with laughter.

But Fun of the Fair was outstanding in an altogether beautiful way. Jack led a truly inclusive cast. In the cast, there were some children and adults with various physical disabilities. The performance was fantastic and the product of months of rehearsal.

After the Saturday performance, the final night, Jack was presented with the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution’ to the company. Before the presentation, the company’s founder spoke of Jack’s qualities as a role model and as a force for good in the company. His friendliness, positivity and ability to encourage and affirm everybody were identified as his personal hallmarks. He has been in the society since 2010 when he was in Year 7. In Jack’s words ‘I’ve fallen in love with this company and all the people involved’.

Congratulations Jack! You are a credit to St. Mary’s Sixth Form.


Parent Director Election

I am writing to you to invite you to stand for election as a parent director, or nominate another parent to do so.  In the Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust we have provision for two parent directors. This vacancy is for a parent director who has a child at St. Mary’s Catholic Academy.  Nominations must be from parents (this includes carers) with children at the academy on the day that nominations close.  The post is for four years.

The Board of Directors, with the CEO and headteachers, has overall responsibility for the running of the academies. The Board of Directors has three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Executive Director and headteachers to account for the educational performance of the academies and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent.

No special qualifications are needed and the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the academies and be prepared to play an active part in the board’s work.  Training is available for all directors and this board of directors has an expectation that those new to being a director attend free induction training.


GCSE success for Year 11 once again

GCSE Students

Year 11 students have once again produced a very pleasing performance in their GCSEs with 56% of students achieving 5 or more A*-Cs, including English & Mathematics.  Approaching 60% of students achieved grades A*-C in English and Maths.  This is one of the new performance measures for secondary schools, introduced for the first time this year. 

An ecstatic group of 11 students opened their results to reveal 80 A* and A grades between them. The group, pictured above includes: Toby Ashton, Supriya Bijou, Joseph Bradley, Gemma Brown, Elane Flete, Sam Lovell, Jonathan McMullen, Arpitha Puthenpurayal, Aiden Ronson, Natasha Sieradaski and Jumael Zafar.

A delighted Natasha said, “I feel really happy with my results. I truly wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help and support of my teachers. I can’t wait to continue studying at St Mary’s Sixth Form as I know they can help me to achieve the best I can.” Elane added her thoughts, “It is such a relief to finally get my results after so much waiting. I am very happy with my results and am excited to start Sixth Form at St Mary’s in September.” “I feel amazed, I can’t thank the teachers and staff at St Mary’s enough for helping me achieve what I wanted to achieve” added Jonathan.

Another new performance measure for this year is Progress 8.  This headline Progress 8 measure is based on how much progress students make in eight of their GCSEs from a starting point based on their Key Stage 2 results.  Whilst it’s too early to calculate the exact outcome things are looking hugely encouraging.  As Headteacher, Mr Simon Eccles explains, “Our students have exceeded the targets set by the Trust which required us to be in the top 25% of similar schools nationally.  Whilst the year group were below national average on entering the school, through hard work and the fabulous support of our staff, overall the students have achieved at or above the national average.  This is great news and a powerful message for all our current students.”

Mr Eccles was delighted to see students performing so well adding, “This is a very solid set of results and students should be proud of their achievements.  I am particularly pleased with the strong English results alongside the good and improving results in Maths and Sciences. I would like to congratulate Year 11 on their achievements and the progress they have made over their time with us, we look forwards to welcoming many of them back in Year 12. I would also like to thank the staff for their excellent teaching and pastoral care and parents for their support over the last five years.” 

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 can contact Mrs Murray (Senior Head of Sixth Form Learning House) on 01253 396286 or alternatively complete an online application on the Academy’s website.

GCSE Results Day: 25th August 2016

This years GCSE results will be distributed on Thursday 25th August.  

Students can collect their results from 9:00am from their Learning House.  Forms E&T in 0SP4, Forms F&M in 0HU4, Forms B&S in 0MI4, Forms R&C in 0CO4, Forms L&H and Progress in the Drama Hall.

Staff will be on hand for appropriate discussion and direction, and sixth form staff will be conducting internal interviews in the canteen.

Please note the academy will close at 12:00pm.

Our sixth form enjoyed massively successful results again this year (see article on homepage) with student destinations including Cambridge to read natural sciences, Hull to read medicine, a range of other University courses over the UK and other students securing apprenticeships, including British Aerospace and the Civil Service.

With 30 courses, we offer a range of traditional and vocational A levels, plus BTEC and Cambridge National Level 3 courses (coursework based).

We hope to enrol and welcome many students into our Sixth Form.  (Our entry criteria is to achieve 5 GCSE results at A* - C including English and Maths)