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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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Nepal Trip

Nepal Trip 2018

This July, St Mary’s Catholic Academy and Baines Secondary School took a group of students to visit the beautiful country of Nepal for 12 days for an unbelievable and once in a lifetime experience. 
Students stayed in the wonderful Kathmandu Guest House which is surrounded by beautiful gardens in the heart of Thamel, here students have time to relax and explore the local area, visiting all of the different shops, trying the local cuisine and speaking with the local community. During the visit, students embrace the culture of Nepal with visits to various different Hindu and Buddhist Temples, including Swayambhunath, the infamous Buddhist monkey Temple where they climbed a few hundred steps to see the incredible views of Kathmandu from the top and Pashupatinath Temple which is located on the banks of the Bagmati River where the students received Hindu blessings and rubbed shoulders with the local Holy Men. They also visited the Eco-Project Foundation which is an incredible organisation helping families by farming their own foods, building their own homes out of glass bottles and providing mothers and fathers with work to support their children.

Whilst out in Nepal, the students spent 4 days at Shubhakamana Academy where they completed a Teaching Project within the school. This was a really exciting opportunity for students to get involved with the community by providing exciting lessons for children of varying ages. This opportunity allowed the students to plan lessons of their choice; with a focus around conversational English and key words and terminology, allowed them to work with students from different schools and teach exciting and engaging lessons to the children in Nepal. On our final day of the School visit, Shubhakamana Academy put together a celebration event of dancing, singing, speeches and a lunch cooked by the school of local delicacies for us to sample together. The visit to the school really does make the trip very special and the St Mary’s and Baine’s students make lasting friendships with the Nepali children. 
Towards the end of the Nepal trip, we travelled down to Chitwan National Park where the students went on an amazing adventure involving a jeep safari where we saw various different animals including crocodiles, spotted deer, monkeys and a very rare sloth bear, a canoe ride with crocodiles (one of which jumped out of the water at us), washing and feeding the elephants, a walk through the jungle trying to spot wild animals, an elephant safari ride and a visit to the elephant orphanage. 

The students had the most incredible time, and if you would like to join the next Nepal group for summer 2019, or are interested in going out to Nepal in the future, please come and find either Mr Mannino or Miss Anderton for any more information or detail about this really special trip.

 

Achievements Evening 2018

Achievements Evening 2018

Achievements Evening will be held on Thursday 29th November 2018. Please click the link below and complete the form if you would like to attend.

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Extra Curricular Activities

Extra Curricular Activities

Click the link below to find out what activities are going on around school that you can join in with. There's something for everyone!

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Wonderful Week 2019 Residential Trips

Wonderful Week 2019 Residential Trips

Wonderful Week is an annual event at St Mary's during which our students get the opportunity to take part in their choice of enriching and exciting activities. The week runs from Monday 21st July to Friday 5th July 2019.

This booklet explains the ‘residential’ choices that will be available to students during Wonderful Week 2019. Please discuss the options carefully with your child, taking into consideration any costs involved. Further details of local and in house activities will be handed out to students w/b 26th November 2018.

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Blackpool Research School

Blackpool Research School

Welcome to Blackpool Research School at St Mary's Catholic Academy, part of the Research Schools Network. Click here to find out more.

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Subjects

Subjects

Click here to learn more about the subjects we teach and the latest news from each department.

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Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy

Click here to learn more from our Chaplaincy department

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