Dear Parent/Guardian,

After last year’s success, St Mary’s are offering the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze certificate to all Year 9 students.  The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is the world’s leading achievement award for young people and is highly regarded by universities, colleges and employers. It encourages young people to develop independence, commitment, leadership and teamwork through being involved in a personalised programme of activities. The school fully supports the award and recognises its value for developing skills in young people and how it gives them the competive edge for the future.

The award is split into four sections; Volunteering, Physical, Skill and Expedition. It takes approximately 6 months to complete and requires regular commitment to various activities. Your son/daughter will need to find ways to fulfil the Volunteering, Physical and Skill sections of the award, whilst in school we will focus on the Expedition section.  Our school’s extra-curricular activities can also be counted towards the award and a comprehensive list of what we offer is now live on our school website.

The total cost of the Bronze award will be £285 and will support the pupils being away for 5 days split across the training and practice expeditions. This cost will cover the students’ training, instructors, travel, staffing and both the expedition elements.  Students will firstly be taken on a practice expedition from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th June 2020, which will consist of two overnight stays.  Students will then complete their final assessed expedition on the Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July 2020, which will be one overnight stay.  For the expedition elements students will be expected to provide a sleeping bag, waterproof jacket/trousers and an inexpensive pair of walking boots.  Many outdoor retailers offer a special discount to students registered with the Duke of Edinburgh and a list will be provided after registration. More details of the expedition elements can be found at and general information about the Duke of Edinburgh Award can be found at

We are obliged to state that a place on the trip is dependent on the continued exemplary behaviour of your child. Incidences of misbehaviour may result in the withdrawal of the offer of a place.

Please be aware that once the first instalment has been accepted it is non refundable. As the expedition elements are outsourced, if a pupils decides not to continue with the award parents/guardians will still be charged the full amount.


DofE Letter January 2020

DofE Bronze Award

DofE Components

DofE Kit List



Show My Homework
Homework at SMCHS

Homework at St Mary's Catholic High School is an essential part of learning as it provides an opportunity to consolidate and reflect on learning and to prepare for future learning.  Good homework gives students the chance to discover and explore more about their learning and to take ownership of it.  Homework should also develop valuable skills such as concentration, independence of thought, time management, research and academic rigour so that all students leave ready for study at university level and future employment.

Show My Homework

Show My Homework Website

Show My Homework is an online platform that St Mary's Catholic High School uses for the setting and monitoring of homework. All staff will use SMHW to set homework, all students will use it as a means of accessing set work and all parents will have access to see what work has been set.

Show My Homework allows parents and pupils to see the details of the homework tasks that have been set, as well as their submission status and grades if applicable.  It will provide parents with a deeper insight into the homework their your child receives.  More importantly, we hope that it will improve pupils’ organisational skills, time-management and help them to keep on top of their workload.

Show My Homework is intended to be the main source of information on homework set.  Students should also write homework details in their school planners to keep a record of it during the school day as well as at home.

Show My Homework benefits include:

  • 24/7 access
  • View quality and quantity of homework
  • Translation into over 50 languages
  • Apps available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices
  • Receive automated notifications before homework is due

If you have any questions about the service, please contact the Show My Homework team below.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or   call 0207 197 9550.

If you’d like to get in touch with the school about Show My Homework please contact:

Mrs N Dewhurst


The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in schools.

St Mary’s Catholic High School is committed to serving its community.  It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom.  It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.

It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. St Mary’s Catholic High School is dedicated to preparing our students for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.

The five key British Values are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


The school uses strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students. The examples that follow show some of the many ways St Mary’s Catholic High School seeks to instil British Values.


Student voice is a significant part in our school life.  Our democratically elected school forum is used to drive our school forward and to make the daily life of St Mary’s better for our students.  As a student at St Mary’s, you will have the opportunity to take part in the interview process of new and existing members of staff; you will be a key part of our quality assurance process and you will become a major stakeholder in deciding what curriculum we offer. Student questionnaires will be used throughout the year to gauge your views and opinions and the information we receive will guide us in making key changes for improvement.  As a student you are the heart of our school community and we value your say.

The rule of law

As young adults you will encounter rules and laws throughout your entire lives.  As a pupil at St Mary’s we ask you to understand and respect that whether these laws govern the class, the school, the local community or the country, they are set for good reason and must be adhered to.  The importance of abiding by school rules will be reinforced through assemblies and through the wider curriculum we deliver. Throughout the year we welcome visits from members of our community including police officers, war veterans, the fire brigade and motivational speakers.  We strongly believe that clear explanations and real life stories emphasise the rule of law for our pupils.  St Mary’s has also established a police cadet programme, which further adds to the understanding of the gospel values of truth and justice.

Individual liberty

At St Mary’s we invest a great deal of time creating a positive culture in our school, so that you are in a safe environment where choices and freedoms are encouraged.  In lessons tasks and discussions are often led by students and we will encourage you to direct your own learning.  St Mary’s also offers a varied range of extra-curricular activities and clubs so that you have the freedom to explore areas of interest.  Through our e-safety and social media assemblies and evenings we will educate you on your rights and personal freedoms as well as supporting you in recognising how to exercise your freedoms safely and appropriately.  At St Mary’s we strongly believe that valuing choice and freedom in daily school life will foster a value for individual liberty as you embark on your adult lives.


Mutual respect

Mutual respect is a core value that underpins everything we do at St Mary’s.  As a student at our school you will learn how to treat each other fairly and with great respect.  You will also be able to show respect to our local community through various events such as the senior citizen's party and the service programme we run.  In the classroom at St Mary’s it is clear that there is a mutual respect between student and teacher and this creates a positive learning environment that we are proud of.  As a student you will also have the opportunity to become an Anti-Bullying ambassador for St Mary’s and have an active role in promoting our caring ethos.

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At St Mary’s we offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected.   At our school we strongly believe that tolerance is gained through knowledge and understanding.   Through our catholic vision people of diverse identities are recognised, welcomed, respected and cherished within our school community.  Through our curriculum and the routines of our daily school life we strive to demonstrate tolerance and help pupils to become more knowledgeable and understanding citizens who can build a better Britain for the future.  The gospel values we teach aims to harmonise faith and culture and pursue the common good.



St Mary’s is first and foremost a Catholic high school with a distinct ethos centred upon the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.  The dignity of each person is at the heart of Catholic teaching and we are acutely aware that each one of our 1670 students is their parents’ most precious gift.  Every single student has their own individual strengths, gifts and talents and areas for development. 

As an 11-18 school it is our privilege as educators to walk with students on this journey from childhood, through adolescence to adulthood. We will support, nurture, encourage and challenge our students to become academically successful but also to grow as a person so they are ready to face the adult world with strength and purpose, confidence, resilience, self-belief but also with compassion, moral values and sense of justice.

I hope you find our website informative.  We view this as a window into the life of our school, an opportunity to share information and to celebrate our students and their success.  If you are a prospective student or parent you are of course free to visit our school to make your own judgement about our mission, ethos and everyday life. Please contact Karen Roberts at school who will be happy to arrange this for you.

Thank you for your interest in our school.

Andrew Dawson


Bus Services - Information

TFGM Ticket and Passes Information

Secondary Education Travel Info Pack

Further Education Travel Info Pack


From the start of the 2019/2020 academic year, school bus fares will increase in line with inflation. 

Fare Type

Old (£)

New (£)

Child Single (IGO)



Child Single (no IGO)



Child return



Child Weekly



Adult Single




An IGO card costs £10 and lasts until 31st August after your 16th birthday. The card allows 11-16 year olds to travel using child tickets on buses and trams in Greater Manchester.



Catering at St Mary's is managed in house by Mark Blinkhorn our Catering Manager. Mark and his team are dedicated to providing tasty, fresh and healthy food daily for 1600 students and staff.

Every day there are 3 main meals on offer including a vegetarian option that range from roast beef baguettes to homemade curries. Also on offer daily are jacket potatoes, paninis, pasta pots and a large variety of freshly made sandwiches.

Sixth Form students benefit from a dedicated common room that offers fresh hot and cold food and drink daily.

St Mary's Catholic High School converted to a cashless catering system in May 2010. Students are required to top up their account with funds at 2 dedicated machines located in school. Parents also have the option to top up their child's account using a credit or debit card through the WisePay payment portal. On WisePay parents can also view the last 10 items purchased upto the current date. The system uses biometrics - a mathematical representation of certain points of the finger are used to identfy students at the tills and the cash loader machines.

WisePay Payment Portal

Are you entitled to Free School Meals?

If as a parent or carer you are in receipt of Universal Credit your child should be entitled to free school meals.

Next Steps

Please complete the entitlement form and return this to school together with a recently dated Universal Credit entitlement letter and we will process your application.

As you are all aware the school operates a cashless catering system and if your child is entitled to FSM their food account will be automatically updated on a daily basis before dinner with £2.30 to spend.

We would encourage all parents/carers who qualify for FSM to apply even if your child prefers packed lunch as Free School Meals entitlement brings additional funding into school to support academic progress.

Free School Meal Entitlement Form

Menu & Tariff

Here at St Mary's we operate of a three week menu cycle. In additional to our standard menu we offer a varierty of special & theme items on selected days throughout the year. For more information follow us on twitter or like our page on facebook


“Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example to those in faith, love and purity.” 1 Timothy


St Mary’s Chaplaincy team consists of one full time Lay Chaplain, Sarah, and one part-time Chaplain in Brother John.

Chaplaincy at St Mary’s helps encourage everyone with a more spiritual and moral development as a Catholic community.


Chaplaincy provides every pupil with an hour of liturgy and worship once a week, giving the pupils a chance to explore their faith through reflections, games, videos and mass. This is supported by the four priests of the school; Fr Dave Heywood, Fr Paul Seddon and Fr Kieran O’Grady.


There are many opportunities to work with the Chaplaincy team, such as the IMPACT group,  allowing pupils to come together with other young people of different ages, Operation Christmas Child, Christmas and Easter Assemblies, Charity fund raising, the Connect2 Brazil project in partnership with Cafod and the established link with the Archdiocese of Liverpool leading to opportunities with Animate Youth Ministries and the Liverpool to Lourdes Pilgrimage.

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Data Protection Officer

The Data Protection Officer is responsible for overseeing data protection within the School so if you do have any questions in this regard, please do contact them on the information below:- 

Company: Judicium Consulting Ltd
Address: 72 Cannon Street, London, EC4N 6AE
Telephone: 0203 326 9174
Requests received during or just before school closure periods will not be able to be responded to within the one calendar month response period. This is because no one will be on site to comply with the request. As a result, it is unlikely that your request will be received during this time (and so the time period does not run until we receive the request). We may not be able to acknowledge your request during this time (i.e. until a time we receive the request) and the time period may not start until the School re-opens. The School will endeavour to comply with requests as soon as possible and will keep in communication with you as far as possible. If your request is urgent, please provide your request during term times and not during/close to closure periods.