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Sixth Form Wonderful Week

Photos of Sixth Formers on Wonderful Week Trips

The Sixth Form started their Wonderful Week with a day at Weeton army barracks, taking part in activities focused on team work, building resilience and developing leadership skills. After a very early start on Wednesday, they headed up to the North East for a guided tour around Newcastle University and very insightful sessions on university life and budgeting, before enjoying some free time to explore the delights of the City of Newcastle. Students were able to compare the attractions of a city university with those of a campus university when they ended the week with a visit to Edge Hill University. Here, they were given a guided tour of the campus; a talk about the university voted 2014/15 Times Higher University of the Year; a workshop looking at exemplar personal statements and an informative presentation about student finance. On the days spent in the Academy, students attended a carousel of apprenticeship talks and a session on how to write a personal statement/ CV, with students being set the challenge to produce a first draft of the one most suited to their future plans before their return in September. A huge thank you to all the Sixth Formers and staff for their active participation throughout the week which ensured it was both a productive and enjoyable week for everyone.

A Level Results Day 2018

A Level Results Day 2018

St Mary’s Sixth Form students once again produced an excellent performance in their A Level examination results, carrying on the trend of previous years. A Level results saw a record-equalling 99% pass rate. 40% of all grades were at A*/A or Distinction* / Distinction, with 75% of grades above a grade C.  100% of students achieved 2 A Levels or equivalent passes, with a remarkable 99% of students achieving 3 A Level or equivalent passes.

There were many superb performances from students on the day. Aiden Ronson achieved 3 A’s and  1 A* and will attend King’s College, London to study Politics, Natasha Sieradzki achieved 2 A’s and 2 A*’s and will go on to study at Durham University. Jumael Zafar, who achieved 2 A’s and 1 A*, will now study Biomedical Science at Lancaster University. Toby Ashton achieved 3 A*s and 1 A and will go to Durham University to study Engineering. Students were quick to praise the Academy Sixth Form and staff:

Toby Ashton said “I am genuinely over the moon at the moment. My 7 years at St. Mary’s has been absolutely fantastic and I have loved every minute of it. I am now looking forward to attending Durham University to study Engineering”.

A delighted Jumael Zafar praised the support he received from the Academy: “I feel proud of the grades I received today. My time at St. Mary’s has been absolutely wonderful because of all the support I received from the amazing teachers. Without them I would not have been able to achieve this. I cannot wait to now get started on my Biomedical Science degree at Lancaster University”

Aiden Ronson was also keen to praise the teachers saying: “I am so pleased with my results. I could not have done this without the dedication and support from my brilliant teachers here at St. Mary’s. I will miss St. Mary’s so much, but I am now looking forward to attending King’s College, London to study Politics. 

Natasha Sieradski added “I am so pleased with how I have done and could not have asked for better. My seven years at St Mary’s has been incredible and I could not have got the results that I have without the continuous support from my teachers. I am looking forward to studying Law at Durham University”.

Head teacher Mr Simon Eccles was incredibly proud of students at the Academy:  “I am so pleased with our students and their achievements which are a result of hours of hard work and dedication by them. I would like to thank the team of staff at St Mary’s who supported and prepared the students so well, through providing innovative, high-quality lessons and in supporting students on their learning journey.  I would also like to thank our parents who have worked with us over the years in supporting the students and the Academy. I wish our students every luck in their futures.”

Unusually for schools and colleges in the region St Mary’s Year 12 students were also celebrating today. St Mary’s is the only sixth form college in the area to continue allowing all students a wider choice of four AS subjects in Year 12. This helps students have a better perspective of how they are progressing in their chosen subjects and the results were very pleasing with a 92% pass rate and over 58% of all grades at higher A-C or Distinction or Distinction *grades, with 19 subjects guiding students to higher A/B or Distinction * / Distinction grades.

A delighted Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Jennifer Burrough explained that: “Part of our success is due to the close family feel of our Sixth form. We offer a clear support system which enables every student to receive the targeted help they need. It is this care and pride in all of our students that makes our Sixth form unique.”

Enrolment for students from all Blackpool schools to St Mary’s remains open for applications and can be found through the Academy website at this link.

Any Sixth Form student who has not received their results today can collect them from the main reception on Monday 20th August from Miss Caton.

A Level Results Day - Thursday 16th August 2018

A Level results will be available from 8am on Thursday 16th August for Year 13 and 9am for Year 12 in the dining hall.

Students with University places should bring their UCAS number and have a think about how to use Clearing (if you miss your offer grades). These details are available via UCAS.  
 
Please check what you need to do for student finance too.
 
Please can all students be reminded that the slip showing your results should be kept very carefully.  Certificates from examination boards are not available for collection until the end of October.  Year 13 students who are leaving St. Mary's need to remember to collect these important certificates. Watch the homepage for information.