A Level Results

Delighted students picking up their results at St Mary's today. Pictured from left to right are: Alice Townsend, Monica Brownwood, Nathan Leahy and Molly Barnes
Delighted students picking up their results at St Mary's today. Pictured from left to right are: Alice Townsend, Monica Brownwood, Nathan Leahy and Molly Barnes

Sixth form students at St Mary’s produced an excellent performance in their A level results,Sixth form students at St Mary’s produced an excellent performance in their A level results,continuing the trend of recent years. A Level results day saw a record breaking 99% pass rate. 70%of students achieved the highest grades of A*/A or Distinction*/Distinction in their results, with aquarter of the overall grades at A*/A/B. 100% of students achieved 2 A Levels or equivalent passeswith a remarkable 98% of students achieving 3 A Level or equivalent passes.

There were many superb performances from students on the day. Molly Barnes (EPQ -A*,Government and politics – A, Gen Studies – A, Psychology – A, & RS – A) will study History andPolitics at Edinburgh University; Nathan Leahy (Politics _ A, Computing – C, Eng Lit – B, Gen Studies –A*) will study English at York University; Monica Brownwood (EPQ – A*, Politics– A, Sociology – A,Gen Studs – B & BTEC Sport Dist*) will study Sociology at Lancaster and Alice Townsend (EPQ – A,Chemistry – A, Physics – A, Maths – A* & Further Maths – A) who will be attending ManchesterUniversity to study Physics, were among the many happy students.

Students were quick to praise the Academy Sixth Form and staff: Monica said: “St Mary’s has beenlike my second family for the past seven years I have made so many amazing friends!” a delightedAlice added: “I can’t thank the teachers enough for all the help through the years,” Molly was alsokeen to praise the staff: “I can’t express how happy I am with my results and how thankful I am forall of the help my teachers have given me,” a delighted Nathan agreed “It has been a great sevenyears… my teaching staff have been incredibly supportive and have helped me on to the nextchapter of my education.”

Head teacher Mr Simon Eccles was delighted for students at the Academy: “The achievements ofour students are rewards for all of their hard work, I am immensely proud of their achievements. Iwould also like to pass on my thanks to the staff at St Mary’s who supported and prepared thestudents so well, through providing innovative, high quality lessons and in supporting students ontheir learning journey; I would also like to thank parents who have worked in partnership with us insupporting the students and the Academy over the years their children have attended. I wish ourstudents every luck in their futures.”

Year 12 students were also celebrating today having laid foundations for future A Level success withanother excellent set of AS results. 86% of students achieved a higher A-C or Distinction orDistinction *grades in their results with 18 subjects guiding students to higher A/B grades. TheAcademy is the only local provider to continue to allow all students to select four subjects at AS leveland develop their choices into year 13.

Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Jennifer Burrough explained how success was achieved: “Our close familySixth form offers a clear support system. Every student receives the targeted help they require. Ourcaring ethos and pride in all of our students is what makes our Sixth form unique.”

Enrolment for students from all Blackpool schools to St Mary’s remains open for applications andcan be found through the Academy website at www.st-mary.blackpool.sch.uk

A Level Results Day - Thursday 17th August

A Level results will be available from 8am on Thursday 17th August for Year 13 in 3SF1.

Students with University places should bring their UCAS number and have a think about how to use Adjustment (trading up) and Clearing (if you miss your offer grades).  These details are available via UCAS.  
Please check what you need to do for student finance too.
Year 12 AS results will be available from 9:30am in 3SF1.
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.


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.