Tristan’s Future’s Programme!

TristanThis year, for the first time, St. Mary’s Sixth Form students have had the chance to participate in the Teach First Futures Programme, which encourages students from areas such as Blackpool to aim for the top universities.

After an initial chat with our North West rep, Claire Critchley, Tristan, along with other St. Mary’s Sixth Form students, attended an initial meeting at Manchester University with Liz Murray, Senior Head of Sixth Form, to get the programme underway.

This has been followed by a trip to Sheffield University one Saturday, and, more recently, just before Easter, a free of charge residential course at Cambridge University. 

Students on the programme really pushed themselves to take on the theme of ‘No Limits’. Following the first nervous introductions, they undertook a scavenger hunt around Cambridge, got stuck into undergraduate level academic lectures and seminars, tried a taster university society (everything from debating to drama to hide & seek!), identified their goals for the future and what steps they need to take to get there, took part in high-level networking with Teach First and Cambridge staff members, enjoyed a three-course formal dinner, let their hair down at the final night party, and capped off the whole experience by making an unscripted speech before heading home.

Tristan, along with others, gained confidence, boosted academic skills, formed new friendships, and developed a newfound sense of identity and challenge. 

Tristan has returned knowing first hand that places like Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group universities are not beyond his grasp.  (In fact, St. Mary’s has a higher than national average of Russell Group applicants successfully taking up undergraduate places.)

The next step of the Futures event is the Mentoring launch at the University of Manchester in July.  The programme will be open to current Year 11 next year in our Sixth Form, and also involves a personal mentor to guide and coach them through both revision and the application to University process, with interview tips thrown in.


Congratulations to Catherina

Catherina WestheadWe are delighted to announce that Catherina Westhead, Year 13, has accepted a place with global accounts firm KPMG from October 2017 to train as an accountant via their apprenticeship opportunity. 

Catherina has been with St. Mary's since year 7 and has studied hard throughout her time here to gain excellent exam results; all her hard work has finally paid off with this amazing opportunity. 
Studying  A level Psychology, ICT and Business Studies in our sixth form, her interest in business and accounts was confirmed.
She was up against 28,000 other students and secured one of the 1,000 places available. Catherina will move to live and work in Birmingham in October 2017.  We wish her lots of luck in her new adventure. 


Y12 Science Trip – Water Park Adventure Centre

Science Trip
On Friday 2nd December Y12 Science students and Science staff went on an A level consolidation and team building weekend to Water Park Adventure Centre in the Lake District.

On Friday evening students took part in study skills sessions and later in the evening played pass the parcel (thanks Mrs Murray).

On Saturday, students went ghyll scrambling and took part in A level Science booster sessions. Saturday evening was spent videoing the SMCA Sixth Mannequin Challenge; keep your eyes on the website for further details.

Sunday morning was spent climbing, canoeing and kayaking. Both staff and students had a fabulous time and we look forward to taking next year’s Y12 Scientists.

For more details about A level Science please contact Miss Jones.  You can see more photos from the trip in the gallery.