New Starters 2018

Here you will find information for the parents/guardians of students joining Year 7 at St. Mary's from September 2018. 

On the menu there are links to a Data Collection sheet, a Biometric consent form, a Medical form and a Free School Meal form.  Please complete and return these forms at the Parents Evening on the 28th June. It is vital that we have accurate information for your child before they start in September.

Transition Week

We are looking forward to welcoming your child during Transition Week from Monday 9th July – Friday 13th July 2018. 

The Academy day starts at 8:35 a.m. and finishes, for the Year 6’s, at 3:00 p.m. Pupils arriving at the Academy should make their way into the school building through the pupil entrance; staff and prefects will help to direct pupils. At the end of the day pupils leaving on foot will be invited to make their own way home at 3:00pm. Please note that home time on Thursday will be 2:30pm due to our early finish. Pupils being picked up by car will be escorted to the front of school at 3:00pm to be collected by parents. Please be aware that parking will be very difficult on site at this time and I would encourage parents to park close to the Academy and walk to collect your son/daughter from the front of school. Pupils travelling by public or private bus will wait in the school dining area until they are escorted to the buses at 3:10pm.

On Monday 9th July pupils will be introduced to their Form Tutor, will get to know the new building and will also be involved in some typical lessons and activities. Pupils should arrive in their primary school uniform.

During Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th pupils will be working with an external company to explore how they can make a successful transition from primary to secondary school. Year 10 pupils will also be leading sessions in conjunction with the company. As many of these activities will be practical please could pupils arrive on these days in their primary school PE kit and trainers. If a jumper or warm top is not part of your child’s normal PE kit please ensure that they wear their school jumper in addition to their PE kit.

On Friday 13th July pupils will participate in groups to complete a series of linked challenges. They should arrive in their primary school uniform.

Pupils will be required to bring a packed lunch on each day during the week. Pupils entitled to a free school meal will have a packed lunch provided. We will ask the primary schools for this information prior to the week. There will be no opportunity for Year 6 pupils to make any cash purchases at break or lunch.

In addition to their lunch please can pupils also bring a pen and a pencil.

Year 11 End Of Year Arrangements Reminder

Study Leave

Study leave begins on Thursday 7th June 2018. Until this time all students are expected to attend all lessons unless they have an exam or revision class. They will be given their leavers hoodies on this day. Post the 7th June students still may attend timetabled revision session. Please note they must be in full school uniform and sign in at reception (students have own paper and emailed copy).


Congratulations to all students in attendance and on time for their exams alongside the maturity and readiness with equipment needed. A reminder that students must attend all their exams to be able to attend their prom on the 27th June. Students who do not attend their examination will be liable for the examination fee. If an examination is missed for medical reasons a medical certificate from your Doctor will be required within 24 hours. This should be handed to the Main Office.

Leavers’ Day

Thursday 21st June will be the official final leavers’ day and will be busy! Students are invited to attend form at 8.35am, followed by Mass and ‘breakfast’ in the Sixth Form area. They will be given autograph books as a small gift from the school. It is our tradition to dress smartly on the leavers’ day so that good photographs can be taken, please ensure FULL UNIFORM is worn. Our final assembly will then take place with Prom tickets available for collection from all those who have completed all their exams (product design students will collect theirs post exam on the 22nd). Students should be off site by 12pm at the latest.

The Prom

The prom is on the evening of Wednesday 27th June with arrival between 5.45pm – 6pm at St Marys with a prompt 6.30pm departure to the Venue until 11.30pm. Tickets have been be on sale from May and will remain so until the first week in June. Students will also have received an email in their school email address with a google document requesting dietary/allergy information and emergency contact details. Please complete this form and submit the information at your earliest convenience to ensure the smooth organisation of the event. Details of the venue will be issued to parents on the night.

Return of Books and Lockers

All books should be returned direct to subject teachers before or on 21st June unless any department has made other arrangements. Please do not leave them at Reception. Lockers need to be emptied, with any queries regarding keys/access to their Pastoral Managers Office by the same date, if not before. Lift passes need to be returned to the main office.

Examination Results

Students will be able to collect their results between 9.00am and 12noon on Thursday 23rd August from the Main Hall. If students are unable to collect their results in person then a self-addressed, stamped envelope must be given to the main Office, before the end of June. No results will be given out over the telephone. If parents are collecting results for your son/daughter, he/she will need to give written permission. If results are not collected on the specified day then it will not be possible to collect them until the school re-opens in September from Reception. Staff will be on hand to discuss Sixth Form course options in the light of results on the day.

Certificate Presentation Evening

There will be a formal Certificate Presentation Evening in November to which parents and students are invited. We hope as many students as possible will attend this first opportunity for reunion and celebration of their success. Formal awards from individual departments as well as whole school trophies will take place at this event. We will be in touch early in the autumn term when the calendar has been finalised, but information will also go out through the sixth form so ask a friend who is staying for details or check the school website. There will be limited space for this event – first come first served! Last year was the best turnout ever, and the school hall was full.

On behalf of all Learning Houses, year 11 tutors and teaching staff can we wish all students continued success in their examinations and good luck for the future.

Please do not hesitate to contact the schools main office if you have any queries about these arrangements.

The Unremembered Project

The Unremembered project was set up to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI and try to ensure that all war memorials across the world have at least one wreath for the anniversary on November 11th 2018.  

The unremembered project asked if we could be part of a wreath making process that was completed by 8w1, 9w1 and 9aHi1 

All the wreaths were sent off to the unremembered project and one has been displayed in the National Army Museum in London which was visited by Commonwealth leaders last month.
Mr Gillespie visited the museum on Thursday 17th May to see the wreath being presented and listen to some of the dignitaries speeches. These are some pictures of our wreath on display.
Unremembered project St Mary's wreath


Academy Extra Actors and Designers Show Off Their Fabulous Skills.

Academy Extra Showcase posters

As a child did you ever imagine performing on stage in front of an audience of over 150 people? Or does even the thought of it fill you with nerves? 
Well, if the amazing young actors and designers of Academy Extra were nervous on the evening of Thursday 17th May, they certainly didn't show it! It was on this incredible evening when Academy Extra held our annual showcase and this year it was bigger and better than ever. 
Every single child who attended covered themselves in glory as they confidently and skillfully performed 7, YES 7!, shows in front of a huge audience. The showcase was full of fun, laughter, energy and enthusiasm and everyone had such a great time. 
A huge thank you must go to Matthew Hodgkiss in Year 10 for his impressive role as Technical Director and Mr Heyes, Mrs Evans and Miss Caton for their commitment and energy in ensuring Academy Extra continues to be a wonderful experience for the young people of Blackpool. 
Roll on next year!


Nepal 2019

Nepal 2019
Are you in Year 10, 11 or 12 and interested in going to Nepal in 2019 for an incredible trip of a lifetime? 

If you are, or would just like to find out some more information about what the Nepal trip involves, please come and find Mr Mannino, Mr Heyes or Miss Anderton for more detail and information on how you can get involved. Application for all deadlines are June 2018.


St Mary’s win U12 Lancashire cup first round

U12 Cricket CompetitionSt Mary’s progressed to the next round of the U12 Lancashire Cup with a nail biting 5 wicket win over Ripley St Thomas Lancaster on a lovely spring afternoon.

Stanley Howarth won the toss and asked Ripley to bat first on a very interesting wet wicket. They were rewarded with two wickets in the first four overs, both bowled by Howarth. Just when Ripley started to score runs Sainsbury joined the attack and was rewarded by taking the next wicket. A partnership of thirty then thwarted the St Mary’s attack. Howarth and Waterhouse then returned and both took a wicket and kept runs to a minimum. Ripley finished on 64/5. Howarth finished with 3/2, Waterhouse 1/6, Sainsbury 1/15 and Lowe 0/8 all off four overs.

Sainsbury and Valentine opened the batting for St Mary’s and started strongly. However wickets fell steadily and they were reduced to 22/4. Howarth however had other ideas, dominating partnerships with Lowe and the unbeaten Utomi, who played intelligently and ran very quickly between the wickets. St Mary’s finally winning with three overs to spare and Howarth unbeaten on 35 not out.

A great team performance Griffin, Shobuj and Power outstanding in the field, the bowlers bowling a good line and length and Howarth waiting for the bad ball when batting. Still a lot to build on in particular team encouragement, giving away too many extras and shot selection. However a very encouraging start.


Year 12 BTEC PE Visit to the University of Cumbria

Year 12 Visit University of Cumbria

On Tuesday 24th April the Year 12 BTEC National PE students visited the University of Cumbria. They had a small taste of university life as they had a tour of the campus, a talk about courses they could study, lunch in the canteen and information on finance. However the most exciting part was going into the sports lab where they experienced and witnessed equipment at a hands on level that has only been previously covered at a theoretical level. Students has a one and half hour session in the sports lab led by the Head of Medical and Sport Sciences Tim Barry. They were able to witness one of the student ambassadors perform a VO2 max test, while they were actively engaged in collecting data which they later analysed. Tim was able to provide insight into sports jobs for the future which all sounded very exciting. This was a valuable day of learning providing students with the practical opportunity as well as consolidating their learning in preparation for their upcoming exam. Tim was particularly impressed with the students knowledge and their approach to the day. The students were a credit to St. Mary's.


Past Pupil Achievement

Book cover designFormer student Katie Hilton was a keen Graphic Designer during A Level, she went on to complete a Foundation course into Art & Design before being accepted onto a Graphic Design and Visual Communication course at Blackpool & the Fylde University and is currently in her second year of studying. The University has been completing a live project with Penguin Publishers for students across the country from various different Universities. Their brief was to redesign the front and back cover from a choice of 3 books, Katie picked ‘Noughts & Crosses’ by Malorie Blackman.

Over 3000 students entered the competition and Katie’s design has been shortlisted as one of the top 10 entries in the UK.

Katie now has a week to rework and edit her design before resubmitting her work and the winner being announced, the winner receives an incredible prize of £1000, the front cover being published and a 4 week placement at Penguin Publishers in London.

Good Luck Katie!!!!


Blackpool 5K

Blackpool 5K

Over the past 8 weeks 26 girls from year 7-10 signed up to do the Couch to 5K programme. They have worked extremely hard, training every Monday in College followed by a further 2 training sessions in their own time. On Saturday 21st April 16 of the girls took part in the Blackpool 5K. It was a lovely sunny day with 182 runners taking part in the event. Victoria Sosin was the first of the St Mary's team to cross the finish line, coming in overall 21st Place with a time of 23:43.61, next was Naomi Wrigley in overall 35th Place with a time of 26:23:36 followed by Jess Hill in 43rd Place with a time of 27:04.30. these were great finishing times well done. However all the girls were amazing, demonstrating commitment and a determination to succeed and achieve their goal of running in a 5K race. I am very proud of you all. Thanks also to the PE staff who ran in the race to support the girls and to Miss Anderton for producing the T-Shirts!

The girls involved were: Victoria Sosin 8S, Naomi Wrigley7R, Jess Hill 10H, Natalie Wrigley 9R, Maddison Hartgen 8T, Jasmine Berrisford 8R, Maddie Procter 8E, Sofia Ruocco 7M, Isabel Weaver 7F, Amelia Warchol 7F, Mirriam-Al-idori, Hope Hunter 9R, Eva McCullough 10C, Evie Wrighley 8H, Lita Floyd 8R and Laila Powell 10M.

More photos can be seen on the gallery.

Mrs Roberts

New PE Kit Consultation

Dear Parents,

The PE department would like to consult you on a potential new PE kit for September 2018. The current PE kit (red polo shirt, blue shorts, and blue football socks) has been in circulation now for well over 10 years. The PE department believe that it is outdated and doesn’t serve the purpose it was intended to some years ago.

As it currently stands the PE department do not offer any provision for warm winter clothing. As a result pupils are wearing coats, hoodies, jackets, leggings (all that vary in style and colour) etc. to stay warm when their lessons are outside. This in turn makes the delivery of practical PE more difficult.

The PE department have recently contacted local businesses to tender for the provision of new PE kit. After discussion with a focus group of pupils and staff we have narrowed down the options to two different kits. Both kits are made from durable material that is specifically designed for taking part in sport and exercise.

The school are looking at a phasing in the new kit. It would be compulsory for all of the new year 7 intake but optional for years 8-11 – that is to say that pupils may stay with the old red polo / blue shorts until a time comes that they need to replace their kit. If pupils wish to wear leggings / tracksuit pants / mid layer this must be the SMCA new PE kit. Pupils can of course decide that they wish to wear the new PE kit and purchase that.

Please see below the list of optional (O) and essential (E) items of PE kit for both girls and boys:


Polo Shirt (E)
Shorts (E)
Tracksuit Pants (O)
Mid Layer (E) - This would replace the old rugby top
Socks (E)

Polo Shirt (E)
Leggins / Shorts / Skort (one item must be bought, multiples optional)
Mid Layer (E)
Socks (E)


It is very important to St. Mary’s that parents get value for money. We believe that both of the new kit options reflect this sentiment. Please see below a breakdown of prices – items in red essential items, items in black optional (all prices reflective of pupils aged 11-12)

The current prices of SMCA PE kit are as follows (this is the kit that pupils are currently wearing):

Red Polo (embroidered with school badge) ranging from £8.99 to £13.99
Socks - £6.99
Shorts (embroidered with "St. Mary’s" as text) - £8.99 / £7.99
Rugby shirt - £21.99

New PE kit - Option 1 – Falcon kit:

Polo (embroidered with school badge) - £12.99
Socks - £3.99
Shorts - £7.99
Mid Layer (embroidered with school badge)   - £17.99
Leggings - £11.99
Tracksuit pants - £14.99
Skort - £14.99

New PE kit - Option 2 – Aptus kit:

Polo (embroidered with school badge) - £14.99
Socks - £3.99
Shorts - £9.99
Mid Layer (embroidered with school badge) - £19.99
Leggings - £13.99
Tracksuit pants - £19.99
Skort - £15.99

Finally we would like to gauge students and parents opinions on the introduction of a new PE kit for St. Mary’s pupils.

Students please fill in the Google Form here to provide the department with feedback.

Parents please fill in the Google Form hereto provide the department with feedback.

There will also be an opportunity to meet me to ask any questions and look at both kits on Thursday 26th April at 8.20 am and again at 4.30pm - 5.30pm the same day. If you would like to take this opportunity please report to reception at the allotted time and ask for either myself or Mrs Horne.    

We look forward to hearing from you soon

Mr. Reidy
Head of PE