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"St. Mary's is an outstanding Catholic Academy. Directors and leaders are totally committed to the Church's mission of high quality education for all" Diocese Inspection, 2017

"The quality of the pastoral care is outstanding with all pupils and staff expressing the caring community that exists in all aspects of the life of the academy. ” Diocese Inspection 2017

“Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development was outstanding.” Ofsted 2017

The quality of learning for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is of a high standard" Ofsted 2017

“A creative approach to planning the curriculum has raised expectations, particularly at secondary level, of what pupils can achieve.” Ofsted 2017

Pupils make good progress from their starting points to achieve good outcomes which have improved over the last three years.” Ofsted 2017

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Gingerbread Learning Houses

On Thursday 7th December, seven lucky students from ‘The Re-Generation’ were selected to make gingerbread houses with a difference. Over the last half term the students had spent some time thinking about the importance of our school Learning Houses. The students used their reflections to design ‘Gingerbread Learning Houses’ and, as a festive reward, the students who came up with the best designs got to make them a reality- getting messy with icing, sweets and lots of gingerbread.

Once they had overcome the temptation to eat the ingredients Morgan Byrne, Grace Hartgen, Harry Ince, Matthew Tongue, Liam Bleasdale, Jemima Bradley and Emily Schofield created edible art representing our vibrant school community. You can see their brightly coloured efforts below- perhaps you can even guess which Learning House each design represents.

Whilst creating their houses, some of our year 7 students reflected on their time at St Mary’s so far; “Being part of St Mary’s means being kind to one another” reflected Morgan. Harry added that his first term at St Mary’s had been “amazing” and that being part of a Learning House community is important in making friends. When asked what was his favourite thing about St Mary’s so far Matthew enthusiastically answered “today!”, though I suspect the fact his pockets were full of leftover sweets may have gone some way in prompting his response!

Merry Christmas to all from The Re-Generation.

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