Bus update

The trust and I have been negotiating with local bus companies to provide at least two bespoke bus services through our catchment area. You will have been texted a link to a survey so that we can find out how many parents would be interested in this offer.

The bus would be a prepaid service per half term directly with the company. The cost works out at £2.50 return. Payments would be in advance and on the basis that you have bought a seat for that half term. This would mean if your child didn't use the bus on a particular day there would be no refund. 

Due to this being a private contract on a smaller scale the cost is a little more than public buses but the advantage would be a more bespoke route with the piece of mind that children will be dropped off directly in the academy bus bays and picked up each afternoon from here too. 

If you feel this would be a service you would use please could you follow the link in the text you receive and fill in the simple questions it asks you so that I can decide if the route will be cost effective for the bus companies,

Thank you 
Mr Eccles


St. Mary's Athletic Team

Athletics team

A MASSIVE congratulations to the SMCA Athletics team, who on Friday 14th July competed in the Town Sports Athletic Championships at Stanley Park. There were some outstanding performances from pupils including Seamus Ward (winner of the year 10 boys 100m, Emily Murray winner of the year 8 girls 800m - despite being in year 7 and Daniel Borowy winner of the year 9 boys 400m) 

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An important statement regarding school buses

We have been informed today that Blackpool council are removing their support for discretionary faith transport with effect from September. This means that our current school bus service will no longer be supported. Clearly the timing of this decision so close to the end of term is incredibly unhelpful and presents us with a difficulty in terms of exploring alternative arrangements. I will be working with directors over the next few days to look at possible solutions and will publicise any further updates via the Academy Website,

Mr Eccles


St Mary’s Wins Share Of Funding To Help Improve Quality Of Teaching In Their Region


St Mary’s Catholic Academy Blackpool is one of eleven schools to have won funding to boost the quality of teaching in their region through better use of research.

The new Research Schools – part-funded through the Government’s Opportunity Areas programme and part of a joint initiative between the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) - were unveiled by the Education Secretary Justine Greening at a summit hosted by the Sutton Trust today.

St Mary’s will receive £200,000 over three years to become the focal point of evidence-based practice in Blackpool and build networks between large numbers of schools. They’ll develop a programme of support and events to get more teachers using research evidence in ways that make a difference in the classroom.

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