Subject Consultation Evenings

Parents are encouraged to attend the following subject consultation evenings for students in Year 10, 11 and in our sixth form:

  • Year 11 and 13 Parents Evening runs from 4.00 – 7.00pm on Thursday February 4th
  • Year 10 and 12 Parents Evening runs from 4.00 – 7.00pm on Thursday February 11th

Letters will be sent home via students.Students are expected to ask staff for appointments, but parents are welcome to contact form tutors or subject teachers with any queries in advance of the evening. 

Year 11 Science Mock Exams

You have mock examinations starting after half term. this means that you need to be using your revision planner to structure your preparation for these exams.

To help you you can down load the document we provided you with for the November mocks and the summer revision booklet and answers you should have used to prepare for year 11 - use the links below to download the documents.

Remember to break revision into reasonable chunks, set yourself goals for each session and regularly review your revision.

And don't forget to ask your teachers for help where you need it! Good luck 

Click here to download the March support year 11 mock word document

Click here to download the Biology summer workbook answers PDF

Click here to download the Chemistry summer workbook answers PDF

Click here to download the Physics summer workbook answers PDF

Click here to download the Summer booklet PDF

Well Done St Mary’s U13 Boys’ Hockey!


Congratulations to the Under 13 Boys’ Hockey Squad who won the recent Blackpool Secondary Schools’ Tournament. Despite difficult playing conditions, the boys performed very well to remain undefeated in all their fixtures; scoring eight goals and only conceding one.

The following boys all contributed to the success;- Lewis Callaghan, Daniel Clayton, Joseph Cleary, Oskar Juszczyk, Fabio Herbert, Basil Joseph, Michael Joseph, Jon Mendiola, Karl Pacheco, Harry Shaw and Jan Somcio. 

NCS Programme for 15-17 Year Olds

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I am delighted to let you know that this term your child will be given the opportunity to sign up to NCS (National Citizen Service), a government-funded programme for 15- 17 year olds. Working through physical, personal and creative challenges, this once- in-a-lifetime experience empowers young people to build skills and confidence to get ahead in work and life, whilst engaging with their local area.

The Challenge, the country’s largest provider of NCS, is delivering 1,620 places throughout Lancashire in summer 2016. It is a part-residential programme beginning with 3 parts taking place over 18 days in the summer, with breaks. The first two sections are residential, with all meals, kit and accommodation provided.

First, teams develop their leadership and teamwork skills by working with some of the best outdoor instructors in the UK, enabling them to create friendships and build confidence. After a short break, young people return for part two where they stay in University style accommodation and gain new skills in either drama, art, media, sport, enterprise or photography with a professional practitioner. Finally, teams have the opportunity to design, pitch and deliver their own social action project. Once completed, participants graduate and receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.

Delivering the programme costs over a thousand pounds per head, but The Challenge only ask for a contribution of a maximum of £50 to show a commitment to the programme. They also offer early applicants a discounted price of £35 if the payment is made online before Monday 15th February 2016, and financial support is available when needed. The application fee covers all accommodation, food, transport on the programme, and specialist kit for the residential parts of the programme.

Representatives from NCS are speaking at a Year 12 assembly on Monday 25th January 2016 during which your child will have the opportunity to express their interest in the programme.

For more information and to book a place visit www.ncsnorthwest.co.uk or contact Philippa Murphy, the local NCS Co-ordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07469151475.

We highly recommend this unique and valuable opportunity and hope you will encourage your child to take part.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs Burrough
Head of Sixth Form

'Close up on Climate' Film Project

Back in July members of 'The Re-Generation', our lower school social justice group, entered a competition to make a film based on climate change. The competition was part of a campaign called 'Close up on Climate' which brought together several of the country's most recognised charities and organisations. As the new academic year rolled in, we were overjoyed to learn that the film won best in competition for the their age range and, as a result, was shown to several MP's in the Houses of Parliament. The young people involved, all of whom were in year 7 at the time, were rewarded with a day of film-making on the 2nd December 2015, led by a professional from the organisation 'Into Film'. A huge well done to all those involved. You can see both films here. 

Wondering about University? Worried about student finance?

Channel 3’s Martin Lewis Money Programme recently had a really helpful explanation about student finance. It explains clearly when tuition fee loans and maintenance loans need to be repaid, and gives examples. The programme went beyond the (often scary) headlines that can put many off thinking about applying for University.

To watch this, it’s on ITV player for a limited time. You can follow this link http://www.itv.com/hub/the-martin-lewis-money-show/2a1827a0035 which requires users to have a login in order to view it. 

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all our students, parents and staff.  We hope you have all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

Progress Day Reminder - Thursday January 7th 2016

Dear Parents,

On Progress Day, there are NO LESSONS for students.

The Academy is open for you to meet your child's form tutor from 8.30am to 7.00pm (the building closes at 7.30pm). We are also running a series of workshops that we hope parents will drop in to attend during the day.

If you have not yet made an appointment, please contact your child's form tutor directly.

If parents would like an additional appointment with Learning Support, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.