Mr Simon Marsh, a former member of staff, resigned from St Mary’s in April 2017. Following his resignation he was referred to the Teacher Regulation Agency; the case was heard in February 2019 and the report published last Thursday. Prior to this neither the Trust nor St. Mary’s were able to comment due to the on-going investigation.
Having given due consideration to the report, over the last few days, we are satisfied with the outcome of this case and the proportionate response to the panel’s findings. The panel found allegations in relation to inappropriately touching pupils, and failing to follow previous management advice to be proven. They concluded that this amounted to unacceptable professional conduct and conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute. The Secretary of State decided not to impose a prohibition order in this case.
The case highlights the strength of implementation of the school’s policy and procedures and the trust the pupils have in staff; confident to share their concerns.
Ellie Daley was part of the Air Cadets who met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their visit to Blackpool. St Mary's are very proud that Ellie was chosen from her Air Cadets to represent them welcoming the Royal Couple.
This week we have been selling brand new lines of stock which included new flavours of Divine chocolate, iced tea and flapjack, at our Fairtrade Deli Bar at breaks. 'Colour and Chat' featured some very nice illustrations of a female cocoa farmer, which the students discussed as part of the Empowering Women #shedeserves campaign. Also involving the #shedeserves theme the students across the school were encouraged to think of one inspirational woman and share their thoughts on them. Lastly the pupils have been taking part in a competition called 'Design a Divine' in which the prize is have their winning entry made, wrapped and posted to Divine HQ! Good luck to everyone who has taken part.
On the 1st March 2019, Blackpool & Lancashire Local Authorities will inform parents of the secondary school their child has been allocated to. Not all parents will necessarily receive their first choice of school. For September 2019, the full allocation of 210 student places has been made at St. Mary’s Catholic Academy. If your child has not been allocated a place at St. Mary’s and you would like to try to secure a place for them please follow the process below. We would strongly advise you not to reject the place at the school your child has been allocated until you hear the outcome of the Appeals process.
Click to view the Timetable for St. Mary's Catholic Academy Appeals 2019
On Thursday 17th January, a select number of Year 10 and 11 students and our English Language A Level Year 12 and 13 students, attended a taster lecture from Dr Adrian Leemann from the University of Lancaster. The lecture focused on ‘Forensic Linguistics’ and how we can learn a lot about a person from the way they talk and their use of words. This can then be used to assist in a criminal investigation. Dr Adrian Leemann continued with a lecture on Language and Variation which explored how the words we use, and the way we say words can change depending on where we live, but also over time. Needless to say, the question of the ‘correct’ pronunciation of scone remains a contentious one. Roza Mrozowska a Year 12 student, had this to say about the lecture: “The lecture was incredibly informative and covered many engaging areas. I enjoyed hearing about the power of regional speech differences and how they can be taken for granted when really, they can tell us as much about a person as a photograph. The lecture was an insightful taster into university life and something I am aspiring towards.” We thank Lancaster University and specifically Dr Adrian Leemann for providing an utterly thrilling experience and inspiring our students in their future studies.
Well done to the boys who represented St Mary's at the recent Basketball tournament for Blackpool Secondary Schools. The fixtures were played at Unity and the squad of six players gained a 100% record in their matches. The students' attitude and performances were excellent throughout the competition.
Blackpool has been awarded Fair Trade Town for the second term running. Since becoming a member of the steering committee to get this award St. Mary's has facilitated most of the meetings and been a central part of the town team. Our Fairtrade Co-ordinator, Mr Gibson, has acted as Schools Representative. We will be working closely over the coming weeks to share not only what we are doing in Fairtrade Fortnight but to publicise the work going on in the town also.
On a very dark and dank afternoon on Thursday 6th December our SVP group made our annual pilgrimage to visit the Streetlife homeless night shelter. During the visit we learnt a bit about what the charity does and were given a tour of the facilities, before spreading some Christmas joy. Streetlife is a homeless charity that deals with young people aged 16-25 to which our students were able to donate £174.95, on behalf of the Blackpool Family of Catholic Schools. This sum was raised as a result of their joint Advent service the previous Tuesday. Thank you to Tony and all those who volunteer at the shelter at this time of year.
On Thursday 29th November 2018 the Creativity & Enterprise learning house held a mini Olympics to raise money for our advent charity. All forms took part enthusiastically and good fun was had by all. The events included bean bag balance races, three legged races, egg and spoon races, mini hurdles and crash mat carry races. There was also a form teacher 3 legged race which was won by Miss Machowiecka and Miss Baxter. The winning forms were:
- 1st place: 9L
- 2nd place: 10H
- 3rd place: 11H
The top 3 forms were presented with trophies created on the laser cutter. Congratulations to all who took part. Thanks to Mr Webb for organising this wonderful event. Check out the gallery for more photos.
Competition to get free Fairtrade stuff just by clicking the link below and good luck: Fairtrade Advent Calendar
While you're entering this competition each day, we'd like you to think about just where your shirts, t-shirts, jeans and trainers etc. are being made this Christmas. There are alternatives to a mass produced, cheapest is best - profits come first way of living and we think this video is worth a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwuQbmLCTEc&t=155s .