Everyone within the community of St Mary’s Catholic High School wishes to congratulate our Year 13 and Year 11 students on their examination results.

We all know that these are unprecedented times for us all, but the group of young people that have felt this the most are the students who are in Years 11 and 13.
They have not only been denied the opportunity to test themselves in an examination series that they worked so hard for but also lost many rites of passage in the journey to adulthood.
The last 6 months have been times of anxiety and worry for these students which has only been compounded by the events of the last week.
Today is the time when the uncertainty can end and we are proud to be in school to share our students’ successes but also provide advice, guidance and support face to face.
The grades that the students receive today are the culmination of 5 years of hard work and we offer every best wish as they move on to the next phase of their life and a return to normality at St Mary’s Sixth Form College, or whichever destination they choose.

St. Mary’s staff would like to thank all the pupils and families who joined in our May Marathon.  We realise that this time is a challenging one for many of our young people and it is important for us to still come together as a school community.  The idea behind this challenge was to help improve physical and mental health, whilst also raising money for our local Atherton and Leigh Foodbank.   The final total was an incredible 7508 miles, 2081 of those were from pupils!  Avagrace Hodson (7F) Phoebe Grogan (7G) and Jack Lily (90) were the top performing pupils, collectively contributing 475 miles – a big well done to each of you!  Departments in school were also encouraged to compete with each other and in 1st place was Creative Arts on 1147 miles, 2nd place, Computing on 918 miles and 3rd place was RE on 88 miles.

Some of our pupils would like to share their thoughts on this experience below… 
Macey McCormack, Year 8 pupil
‘During May, staff and pupils were invited to take part in a challenge to see how many miles we could complete through running, walking or cycling.  At the start of May, after many weeks of the country being on Lockdown, many of us had no time in school or other activities.  I decided to get involved with the challenge as I am a elite gymnast and I usually train over 20 hours a week so I thought this challenge would help me to stay active.  For me this is important because I need to maintain my fitness levels and stay healthy.  Exercise is so important for our health and well-being.  I really enjoyed taking part in the St. Mary’s May Marathon and contributed many miles by running with my sister, cycling with my mum and going on family walks.  The May Marathon was a good way to stay connected as a school community while also collecting donations for our local food bank and so thinking of those less fortunate than us at this difficult time.’

Deeya Sharma, Year 9 pupil
‘During unprecedented times like this, it became especially important to be able to connect with friends and teachers to share motivation and achievements and the marathon challenge allowed us to all contribute towards a shared goal.  A competitive and teamwork aspect was added by the “staff vs students” part of the challenge which gave everyone a taste of the much missed competition in sports! What’s more, any sponsorships would go to the Atherton and Leigh food and which meant that we could have a positive impact in the wider community too. As a prize for the most miles, 3 students received a special message from England and Wigan rugby player Oliver Gildart.  This was important for the metal health of all during lockdown as fresh air and exercise has a positive impact on the mind and body and makes people feel happier.’

Caitlin Tweed, Year 11 pupil
‘Over the whole of lockdown I have been making sure I am active every day to keep fit and not let boredom take over me.  The May Marathon really helped me push myself more as it was a real competition and to gain more miles as the days went on! I think it was a great idea to get people out of the house and encourage people to be healthy because exercise makes you feel better in all aspects!’ 

Ben Rose, a Year 9 pupil
‘The reason why we did the May Marathon was to keep our health and our self-esteem well. It has helped me to try and take off the ‘comfort food calories’ and stay physically fit during these times. This is very important as having a healthy heart gives you a healthy mind, so it also helps with feeling mentally fit. This has helped me to feel better about the pandemic and has encouraged me to get out of the house more.’



We were very privileged to take some of our amazing pupils to the prestigious Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey in London.

The service was attended by Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal procession, a variety of ‘A List’ celebrities and well known politicians. Thanks to all the pupils who attended as you were an absolute credit to the school.


St Mary’s celebrated World Book day this year with a “Get Caught Reading” competition.

Students were seen all round school reading during social time. Those that got caught by a member of staff were entered into a prize draw. The first prize was a chocolate hamper. Mrs McInnes received hundreds of entries, and after school, Mr Dawson drew the 7 winners. They were all very happy to receive their prizes. There was a really nice atmosphere around school, with staff seeking out students who were reading, and students trying to get caught.
We also had a quiz and 5 winners have been picked from students who got all the questions correct.


Our Y7s were set the challenge to come up with a creative piece that reflected what they believe God to be like.

They were given the brief that their piece had to be unique, and include keywords from our last topic such as trinity, creator etc. We are absolutely amazed at the effort that has gone into these pieces. The artwork from our students has been incredible, every student has put their own twist on it and gone above and beyond. These are now going to be displayed in RE for everyone to see.

We are so proud of our students! Well Done Y7.


A Huge Congratulations to the St Mary's STEM club who WON the Regional Final of the 2020 LEGO Robotics challenge at West Lancashire College in Skelmersdale. The event is supported by many industrial partners including: The Royal Air Force, Rolls Royce, Network Rail and Tomorrows Engineers. The purpose of the event was to encourage more students to enter the world of engineering and other STEM related industries.

On the day students had to complete a number of activities. These included team tasks, presentations, interviews, a LEGO drag race and the LEGO table top challenge. Throughout the day the team worked well, consistently gaining high scores and managed to win a trophy in the table top challenge. The last award for the day was given to the overall winners of the event who would then be invited to represent the North West in the National Final held in the NEC in Birmingham. Despite stiff competition from eight other schools St Mary’s managed to WIN the Regional Final and took home the trophy. They will be competing again on the 13th March at the NEC against 51 other schools to try and become National Champions.

As ever, the team were very well mannered and mature. I would like to thank the organisers of the event for giving us the opportunity to attend and would also like to congratulate the students who took part. The students involved were:

Poppy Rayner
Lucy Gee
Jess Shovelton
Hollie Gee
Jayden Fetherston
Ben Little
Jack Patterson
Deeya Sharma
Olivia Drury
Nina Renda

The buzz about books has continued with several pop up reading groups this half term about the Bookbuzz books, which the year 7 students were gifted in October.

Various staff around school have been reading the books too, and ran lunchtime one-off sessions to meet with some of the students who had read the same book as them. We had some great discussions, on subjects as varied as what is the most amazing animal on the planet, and if you were making a film of your book who would you cast in the main roles. Everyone had fun, and quite a few biscuits were eaten in the process. It was good to discuss books we had read in an informal setting over lunch and meet new people with similar interests in the process.

Thanks to Mr Taylor and Mrs Managh for giving up their free time to read books and run some of the groups.



St Mary’s students remembered the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides in a series of events led by 6th form students Ellie Shepherd and Nicole Held. Students wrote their hopes and dreams for a positive future on card that was made into origami butterflies by Brother John. These butterflies took centre stage at our annual reflective service on Friday.

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On the 16th January 2020 some Key Stage 4 students accompanied by the English Department visited the The Lowry to watch a performance of An Inspector Calls. Students said that the show was really good and that it helped them enormously with their studies. The staff at the Lowry were really impressed with our students and commented on this. Thank you to all the students for their fantastic behaviour and to all the staff who attended.    

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