St Mary’s win U13 Lancashire cup first round.

U13's Cricket

St Mary’s progressed to the next round of the U13 Lancashire Cup with a convincing 60 run win over Kirkham Grammar School on a lovely spring afternoon.

Stanley Howarth lost the toss and St Mary’s were asked to bat first on a very interesting wicket. Sainsbury and Valentine opened the batting and got off to a steady start, playing positive cricket and running well between the wickets. The fifty partnership came up in fourteen overs with Sainsbury dominating the run scoring. When he was caught out for 28 he had provided a platform for the rest of the team. Howarth hit a quick 15 and Valentine weighed in with 10 enabling St Mary’s to reach a respectable 87 for 5 wickets.

Howarth opened the bowling and his pace soon had the Kirkham opening bats struggling. Waterhouse at the other was a perfect foil. Two wickets both bowled gave Howarth the chance of a hat trick. With batsmen trying to score from Waterhouse the ball was constantly in the air. A chance had to come and Graham took an outstanding catch at mid on to remove the Kirkham captain. Sainsbury too was then on a hat trick with two wickets both bowled. What followed was a magical display of leg spin bowling from Wilcox who took five wickets (all bowled ) for two runs to run through the Kirkham tail. He too was on a hat trick. A fantastic accurate bowling performance (9 wickets were bowled) with some amazing figures. A great start to the season.

Sports Academy Kin Ball Leaders Course

Kin Ball

Last Wednesday the Sports Academy pupils took part in the Kin Ball leaders course. This new and exciting sport tests all aspects of your fitness and is really good fun! Look out for the Sports Academy pupils leading sessions soon!

PE Kit

As we approach the end of the academic year I thought this would be a good opportunity to remind you that all pupils in years 7-11 will be required to wear the new style PE kit from September 2019. The new ‘Falcon’ style kit replaces the old red polo, blue shorts and blue socks that have been in St.Mary’s PE kit for over 10 years.

The new PE kit can be purchased from either Ragamuffins in Layton or from Bispham Clothing in Bispham Village.

Please see below the list of compulsory and optional items.

Polo Shirt (C) Polo Shirt (C)
Shorts (C) SMCA Leggings / Shorts / Skort
(one item must be bought, multiples optional - These must be from the PE Kit range)
Tracksuit Pants (O) Mid Layer (C)
Mid Layer (C) This would replace the old rugby top Socks (C) 
Socks (C) Trainers (C)
Trainers (C)  

(C) Compulsory item (O) Optional item

Please note that the following items are not permitted to be worn:

  • Coats / Jackets
  • Hoodies
  • Jumpers
  • Tracksuit pants / leggings (other than the school PE kit tracksuit pants and/or leggings)
  • Tights

Boys will also require football boots if they are doing rugby (we will know more if this applies to your child in September when the teaching groups are sorted).

#shedeserves success at St Mary's

Yzabelle with her winning creation

Fairtrade Fortnight ran from 25th February to 10th March and after being inundated with artwork, stories about inspirational women and competition entries, the Chaplaincy team were able to put finishing touches to the Fairtrade board, filling it with student contributions. A lot happened over the course of the fortnight, kicking off with a makeover to our Fairtrade stall. This meant lots of new stock including iced tea, Dairy Milk and, the massively popular, 'Oh so scrummy' flapjacks. The competition to 'Design a Divine' was judged and the winning bar created, with Yzabelle (pictured here along with her winning bar and badge) being crowned the winner. She had the opportunity to sample her very own fiery chilli chocolate bar. Completed artwork from the 'Colour and Chat' group now adorns the walls and International Women's Day was marked with a moving tribute to our staff and student's favourite inspirational women being shared from the Chaplaincy twitter @SMCA_Chaplaincy. Yet another Fairtrade Fortnight success #shedeserves!

Information about Mr Simon Marsh (Previous Employee)

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.

S. Tierney,

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit to Blackpool

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meeting the Air Cadets during their visit to Blackpool

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.

Fairtrade Fortnight End of Week 1

Fairtrade Fortnight Week One

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.

Timetable for St. Mary's Catholic Academy Appeals 2019

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


Lancaster Lecture

Dr A LeemannOn 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.

U16 Basketball Success

Under 16s Basketball Team

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.