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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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Brighten Up AOK Week/ The Harvest

AOK 2017 messages

The week of 2nd- 6th October saw the school buzzing with not one but two events: Acts of Kindness Week and CAFOD Harvest Fast Day. For Acts of Kindness week, we encouraged all staff and students to go out of their way to be kinder to each other. Staff took part in a “secret act of kindness” style activity, where we left anonymous gifts and messages for each other, and students were encouraged to “throw kindness around like confetti.”

In order to support students in their acts of kindness, we ran a kindness sweet delivery service, where students could send a packet of sweets with a message attached to a friend, hand delivered by our Re- Generation team. On the Thursday, we also ran a kindness cake shop, where cakes were only sold in 2’s: one for yourself and one for a friend. We were blessed to have received a generous donation of cakes from Sainsbury’s supermarket to help this event be possible. All of these events had the added bonus of raising money for CAFOD, our Harvest Fast Day charity.

Throughout the week, students were asked to encourage, thank and support one another. One way of doing this was by attaching some of their  “kindness confetti” comments to our AOK board on the Street. As the week progressed, the board was filled with wonderful messages of support and appreciation for each other, including inspiring quotes and thank you messages for their teachers.

Wear Something bright day

The week culminated on the Friday with Harvest Fast Day itself. Students were encouraged to wear an item of bright clothing- be it a wig, a tie or bright shoes- all to raise money for this good cause. Students were also allowed to wear makeup and nail varnish, and the Chaplains (with the help of some wonderful sixth formers and members of Re-Generation) held a nail bar at break time to help students “brighten up” for the day. Mr Allen even allowed some students to give him a makeover with their neon paints- thank you so much, Sir!

Thanks to the efforts of AOK week and Harvest Fast Day, we raised a whopping £367.96 for CAFOD, which will go to help those most in need across the world. A huge thank you to everyone who took part in any of the events. We hope that spreading kindness won’t stop with the end of the week!

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