Sixth form Art and Photography students in Vogue.

Art students visit ManchesterSixth form art and photography students experienced gallery visits to the Manchester and  Whitworth gallery. The visit forms a part of the A Level ;learning experience as students were exposed to art and photographic work s of immense historical significance, educating students as to the culture, trends and society in both historical and contemporary society; upon return to college, students produce a visual response to their most inspiring works.

The  Manchester gallery boasted works by The Dutch Masters, Whitworth exhibited extensive  works by  artists such as David Bomberg, Paul Nash and Lucien Freud to name a few.   .

Notably, the most exciting part of the trip was the Manchester gallery’s Vogue ; 100 years in fashion .Decade by decade, the exhibition explores British Vogue’s unfaltering position at the forefront of new fashion, its dedication to the best in design, and its influence on the UK’s wider cultural stage during some of the most inventive and exciting periods in style, taste, the arts and society. Exquisite vintage prints and garments from the early twentieth century, ground-breaking photographs from renowned fashion shoots, unpublished work and original magazines were brought together in this first retrospective survey of the celebrated magazine.


Climate Change Debate

Climate Change Debate
On Friday 14th October, St Mary’s had the pleasure of welcoming guests Paul Maynard MP and Gordon Marsden MP into school for a big debate on climate change. More than 60 year ten and eleven students turned up to witness members of Mr Baugh’s year twelve politics class debating the motion “This house believes that climate change cannot be tackled within our current economic model.” To make things even more difficult, each student was asked to argue the position opposite to their own beliefs on the issue in order to develop their critical thinking skills.

To open the debate, Mr Baugh outlined the motion and invited our special guests to provide their response to the topic. Six students then presented their argument, after which Mr Maynard and Mr Marsden had the opportunity to put questions to them to explore and critique. After intense deliberation, our guests judged in favour of the opposition based on the strength of their argument. We finished up with tea and cake and the chance to congratulate the brave speakers who had their first venture into politics.

Our event was arranged as part of of CAFODs “Speak Up Week of Action” and was one of hundreds of events across the UK involving young people interacting with their local politicians to raise the issue of climate change. This event has demonstrated that Climate Change is a hugely important and current issue for our young people and that the spark of interest in politics and current issues is very much alive in the younger generation. 


Politics Students visit the Labour Party Conference

Students visit the Labour party conference
43 A-level Politics students visited the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool on Tuesday 27 September. They are pictured here with Cllr Chris Webb, an ex-pupil of St. Mary's, who works for the Labour Party, and Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South. We were lucky enough to meet Dianne Abbott MP, John Snow, Channel 4 News Presenter, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, and the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson, following his speech to the conference. It was a very interesting and enlightening day.