Happy Founder's Day!



Today, 15th October, is known to all in the Society of the Holy Child Jesus as Founders' Day. On October 15th 1846 Cornelia Connelly and her 3 companions arrived in Derby and set up the very first Holy Child convent and schools. This year, Founders' Day is particularly important as we celebrate 175 years of the Society for the Holy Child Jesus and the 150th anniversary of the opening of the first school on the Layton Hill site, where St Mary's stands today.

This year will be a time to celebrate our roots, our connection to the Holy Child tradition through the great and varied history of our school,and to learn more about the person of Cornelia and the legacy of education she and her sisters established in Blackpool 150 years ago. We will do this through our Ethos day in November and a whole series of other planned celebrations during the year.

This morning, we join in prayer with all the Sisters and Schools of the Holy Child Jesus across the world as we pray together a prayer written by the Sisters specifically for today:

Holy God,

May your Spirit guide and challenge us this year

to broaden our imagination,

deepen our trust,

move beyond obstacles,

be open to possibilities

and, like Cornelia, make a difference in the world.

Through Jesus, the Christ.



Moria Camp Appeal


Over the past 2 weeks, students and staff have been donating toiletries to our Moria Camp appeal, supporting refugees in Greece who lost everything they own in a devastating fire. We were overwhelmed by the response, and have managed to send a huge number of items over to Greece through a fantastic charity called the Ripple Effect. Huge thanks to all those members of our community who donated, living out our St Mary's way through their generosity. Mrs Tweedale from the Ripple Effect Lancaster was really impressed and grateful for our donations, which more than filled the boot of her car.

Online Junior Open Evening

This year Junior Open Evening is on Monday 28th September and will take place fully online via our website.  However, we would like to invite Year 6 students and parents to take a guided tour of our Academy.  If you are interested please call the academy office to book a slot on 01253 396286.  Due to Covid rules, tour numbers will be kept small for your safety and ours.  More information about the online Junior Open Evening will be available soon

PE Kit

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please remind your child that on days where they are timetabled to have PE they must come to school in their full, correct SMCA PE kit. The changing rooms are out of bounds for the time being.

Thanks PE Dept

Return to School Information


A reminder that students will be coming back in a phased return to allow us to test out our systems as follows:

Day Activity  Year Groups 
Tuesday 1st September Staff Training INSET  Staff Only 
Wednesday 2nd September  Staff Training INSET Staff Only 
Thursday 3rd September  Pastoral Induction with form tutor all day  Years 8, 9 10 and 13 only
Friday 4th September  Pastoral Induction with form tutor all day  Years 7, 11 and 12 only 
Monday 7th September  Timetabled lessons to run through procedures  Years 7, 11, 12 and 13 only 
Tuesday 8th September  Timetabled lessons to run through procedures  Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 only 
Wednesday 9th September  Timetabled lessons to run through procedures  All year groups 


Year groups should arrive at the following times and entrances:

Year Arrival Area Arrival Time End of Day Area End of Day Time
7 Canteen 8:35am Canteen 2:50pm
8 Canteen 8:50am Canteen 3:15pm
9 Sports Hall 8:35am Sports Hall 2:50pm
10 Sports Hall 8:50am Sports Hall 3:15pm
11 Sports Hall 9:05am Sports Hall 3:25pm
12 Canteen 9:00am Canteen 2:55pm
13 Canteen 9:10am Canteen 2:55pm


School uniform grant

Blackpool council is offering support with uniform grants for parents affected financially by COVID19. You can read the details of who is eligible and how to apply here:

Sixth Form Update 24th August

We are very much looking forward to welcoming all of our newly enrolled Year 12 students into the Sixth Form whilst welcoming back our Year 13s.

Please be ready to enter the Academy building at 9:00am via the school canteen on:
Thursday 3rd of September - Year 13 only 
Friday 4th September - Year 12 only 
You can find a detailed document with all of our plans for our return next week here. It contains a lot of important information so please read it carefully. If we need to inform you of any late changes before the start of term we will share them here so please keep checking the website.
On the day that they are in, please can both year groups ensure they wear suitable clothes and footwear i.e. trainers to allow them to potentially take part in physical activities involving elements of movement.
Please can Year 13 also ensure they bring an electronic device that they can use to access the internet i.e. a laptop or chromebook. We will be using some of our time to begin your UCAS application.
Please can I ask all Year 12 students and their parents/ guardians to read the information provided in the Sixth Form information handbook. A copy of this can be found here for any students that were unable to attend and collect a paper copy at enrolment. 
See you all next week,
Mrs Burrough and the Sixth Form Team

Update - Monday 24th August 2020

We are really looking forwards to welcoming students back to St Mary’s after a long time away from school. 
Please check your emails for information and a reminder of the arrangements for our return to school.

Sixth Form Enrolment

Enrolment into St Mary's Sixth Form will take place on GCSE Results Day.

The entry requirement into our Sixth Form is 5 GCSE's at grade 4 or above including English and Maths. There is no requirement for students to be of Catholic denomination to join our Sixth Form or to have completed our online application form.

St Mary's students will receive enrolment information in their GCSE results pack. They will then have the opportunity to discuss subject choices with a member of staff in their allocated appointment.

External students are warmly invited to enrol between 1pm - 3pm entering St Mary's via the Sports Hall. Please bring a copy of your GCSE results and a form of photographic ID i.e. passport. A member of St Mary's Sixth Form team will greet students and take them through the enrolment process.

In order to limit the number of people in the Sports Hall at any one time, all students will be allowed one other person to accompany them into the building and we ask that family members do not congregate outside the Sports Hall. There will be hand washing stations on entry and exit points and 2 metre social distancing must be observed at all times.

In light of the COVID situation, we have redesigned our induction programme for delivery to start in September during appropriate slots in the timetable and calendar.

If you have any questions about Sixth Form enrolment, please email Mrs Burrough (Head of Sixth Form) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.