St. Mary's

Well done Sixth Form Class of 2023

A Level students with their certificates
Left to right Sammy Shaw, Isabelle Heap, Victoria Sosin, Bethany Medina

St Mary’s Sixth Form Students were celebrating a fantastic set of A Level results this morning. Students at the Academy’s Sixth Form excelled once again with a 98% pass rate in all courses. Almost a quarter of A Level grades (24.4%) were at A*/A, 47% of grades at A*/A/B and 71% of grades at A*-C at A level.  In vocational qualifications 95% of grades were a merit or better with 53% at the highest distinction or distinction star.

Head teacher, Simon Eccles commented: “I am incredibly pleased for our students, especially given the challenges they have had to face through the pandemic earlier in their education. I am proud of the efforts of our students and of our staff, who once again have shown our expertise in helping students achieve top grades and access their choice of course or career path. I would also like to thank our parents who have worked with us over the years in supporting the students and the Academy. We wish our students well as they start on the next step in their chosen university or career.”

There were many outstanding  performances from students on the day. A group of 12 students achieved 12 A*/Dis* and 21 A/Dis grades between them. Charisse Villarino achieved A*AA and will attend the University Of Birmingham to study Medicine.  Bethany Medina achieved AA Dis* and will study Midwifery at Salford. Isabelle Heap will read Geography at Sheffield University having achieved AAAA. Victoria Sosin will study Modern Languages at Durham having achieved AAAA*. Ola Sladkiewicz will read English at York University with her AAA grades. Jane Schwab achieved A*A*AB and has chosen to attend the University of Manchester to study Biology and a Modern Language. Maddie Proctor will study Computer Science having achieved AAA*B. Having achieved A*A*A*A. Sammy Shaw is heading to St Andrews to study French German and Spanish. Marek Jasinski will attend the University of Manchester to study Mathematics with his A*ABB. Lucy Branston has chosen to attend the University of Liverpool to study Diagnostic Radiography.   Choosing to move onto high level apprenticeships were Ben Houghton with Dis* Dis B and Theo Beardall with Dis* AB.

 Students were quick to praise the Academy Sixth Form and staff: 

A delighted Ola said: “ A big massive thank you to all the teachers at this sixth form! They’ve been the key to my outcome and I’m ever so grateful.” Bethany added: “I will never forget St Mary’s! It’s been a great place to study for my A levels.” Victoria was keen to praise the staff saying: “I couldn’t have achieved my grades without the support and teachers at St Mary’s.” These sentiments were echoed by Sammy: “I have spent the past seven years at St Mary’s and the teachers and teaching quality have been amazing throughout. I couldn’t have done it without them!” and Isabelle: “My time at St Mary’s has been fantastic! I will never forget all the support I have been given from  my amazing teachers.”

A delighted Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Jennifer Burrough explained that: “Part of our success is due to the close family feel of our Sixth form. We offer a clear support system which enables every student to receive the targeted help they need. It is this care and pride in all of our students that makes our Sixth form unique.”

Enrolment for students from all Blackpool schools to St Mary’s remains open for applications and can be found through the Academy website at