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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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School Uniform and PE Kit Changes from 2018

Dear parents / guardians,

I would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of a number of changes to our school uniform and PE kit from September 2018. The information below details the changes from our current Guidance for Parents document which can be found on the school’s website. Any changes appear in bold text.  The new Uniform and Appearance document can be found here.

Please can I ask you to take particular attention of the highlighted sections. From September 2018 all pupils will be required to wear traditional black ‘leather’ shoes. We greatly appreciate the support of our parents in ensuring that pupils no longer purchase black shoes based on trainer styles.

I ask that parents also consider the 6 week summer break as a suitable period for any piercings to heal and be consistent with the information highlighted below.

Changes to the PE Kit from September 2018 for Year 7 and for all pupils from September 2019

Following extensive consultation with parents, pupils and school directors the PE kit will be updated from September 2018. Initially the new kit will be mandatory for all Year 7 pupils.

Pupils in other years who wish to purchase the new kit or replace items may do so.

Pupils in Years 7-11 may therefore continue to use their original kit throughout the new school year. Pupils wishing to wear additional outdoor items other than the blue shorts / red tops must purchase these from the new kit list.

From September 2019 all pupils will be required to wear the new PE kit available from Ragamuffins and Bispham clothing as usual.

The new kit has been designed to provide options for pupils to ensure their comfort and performance in a range of weathers and sporting activities.

BLAZERS/JUMPERS       

Blazers must be worn at all times (Years 7-10). Only Academy uniform may be worn under the blazer. Students are only allowed to remove blazers in class with permission of their teacher. Year 11 students may wear an Academy jumper which is available only through the school office. A grey badged sweater with college trim is an optional item for Years 7 – 10.

BAGS              

All students must bring a bag to school. Bags need to be strong and large enough to hold A4 folders and PE kit. Many students may also choose to carry their Chromebook in their bag and specific compartments in some bag styles provide additional protection for this.

COATS

Coats may not be worn inside the Academy building. No denim jackets/coats, `hoodies’ or sweatshirts.

SHIRTS/TIE      

Shirts must be tucked in, plain white and have no motifs. Year 7 – 10 must wear the Academy clip on tie available from Bispham clothing or Ragamuffins. Year 11 may wear the black St Mary’s tie available from the school office. A summer blouse will no longer be part of the school uniform.

SKIRT              

Grey kilt only available from Ragamuffins or Bispham clothing, reasonable length eg: up to a maximum of 10 cm above the top of the knee.

TROUSERS     

Tailored black trousers. No jeans, chinos, cords, leggings or tight fitting trousers. Mid grey or badged trousers are no longer part of the school uniform 

SHOES

Traditional style, black leather shoes. Boots above the ankle are not permitted. The current “Kickers” ankle boot/shoe will continue to be permitted. Shoes must not display brand, logos or motifs. Heels must not be high (less than 3 cm) on safety grounds (no platforms). No trainers or black pumps in class/school (except PE) Canvas pumps are not acceptable. Please be aware that many trainer styles are sold in local shoe and sport shops – Only traditional styled shoes are to be worn.

SOCKS            

With the skirt: Black tights in winter. Plain white or black knee length socks OR plain white or grey ankle socks. Socks must not be worn over the knee.
With black trousers: Black or grey socks

MAKE-UP        

No makeup, No fake tan, No false nails or false eyelashes, No nail varnish, No tattoos. No visible piercings including piercings in the tongue, nose or mouth. Pupils that plan to have piercings must do so during holiday periods to allow for a suitable recovery time before the return to school. Pupils should not return to school with visible piercings that cannot yet be removed due to healing. Pupils will be asked to remove these items or to remain at home until they fulfil these requirements.

HAIR               

Students may only have one natural hair colour. No excessive styles, shaved heads, shave lines, steps, or obvious graduations. As a general guide a “Number 2” is the shortest permissible cut. Parental support is appreciated in ensuring that pupils do not arrive at school with hair styles that do not conform to the “spirit” of our Academy policy. No coloured hair braids/hair jewellery/hair extensions. A plain bobble or headband. No bows or coloured headbands. Students are not allowed to come to college with sections of their eyebrows shaven. For hygiene and/or safety reasons long hair must be tied back with a plain bobble/headband during Science, PE, Technology and Art. No other hair accessories may be worn.

JEWELLERY    

One pair of plain gold or silver ear studs (one in each ear lobe). A watch may be worn. No other items of jewellery or piercings may be worn to the Academy. This includes rings, bracelets, wristbands or badges not promoted through Academy activities or rewards.  

HATS/CAPS     

May not be worn inside the Academy buildings or on Academy grounds.

NEW PE KIT – FROM SEPTEMBER 2018

Compulsory items:
Polo Shirt
Shorts
Socks
Mid-Layer

Optional items:
Skort – combination of skirt and shorts
Leggings
Tracksuit bottoms

Please note that all items must be purchased from our uniform suppliers Ragamuffins and Bispham Clothing.

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