Open Evening
Sixth Form Open Evening

On Thursday 8th November we held our annual Sixth Form open evening. The school looked spectacular as departments showed off the subjects that they offer and the rich variety of skills and knowledge that our students learn along the way. From the magnificent works of art on display to the experiments being run by the science department it truly was a fantastic event. After the Year 12 band opened proceedings,  Mr Dawson and Mr Robinson delivered talks on what makes St Mary’s Sixth Form special and why we believe that our curriculum best supports our students. It was a really positive evening with many students commenting on the passion of our staff and how they can tell that they go ‘the extra mile’.

Bookbuzz comes to St Marys

Bookbuzz is a reading programme from BookTrust that aims to help schools inspire a love of reading in Year 7 students.

Students in our year 7 have all had the chance to choose a book to take home and keep, from a shortlist of 17 books selected by BookTrust. After a few weeks of waiting, and some help from students with organising the books, the first cohort of students have received their books, and the rest of year 7 will be receiving theirs in library lessons over the next 2 weeks.

Barcelona 2018

The annual Barcelona trip set off at 5am prompt on Friday October 19th, and it did not take long until the songs were blasting out on the coaches and the girls especially enjoyed their versions of popular Oasis songs. The 26 hour coach ride was going to fly by, (no pun intended) if this energy was maintained throughout.

A huge well done to the Eco-Team!!!

On 11th October 2018 5 members of the Eco-Team (Luke, Matthew, Lily, Eva, and Hollie) attended the annual Eco-Conference for the Wigan district. St Mary's Eco-Team had been named the 'inspirational' school for the 2018 conference with regards to the #NewToYou scheme they have started within school. 

Year 12 Parental Support

Year 12 Welcome Evening

Last night parents of our Year 12 students were invited in to discuss all things Sixth Form. Despite the miserable weather outside the Drama theatre was packed as Mr Robinson delivered a talk about Sixth Form life. He spoke about the new personal tutoring system and the proven success of the VESPA model which has been adopted. He also spoke about how to get the most out of every college day whilst maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Mr Rayner shared information on destinations, how to be successful this year and what support is available. The talk was rounded off by discussing the importance of good attendance, key dates through the year and what advice our Year 13 leavers would offer to our new students!

Advertising Unlocked
Advertising Unlocked for St Mary’s Sixth Form

A group of St Mary’s Sixth Form students currently studying business were recently invited to attend an initiative formulated by the IPA in conjunction with BJL Advertising Agency in Manchester. The day commenced with an introduction by Jackie Holt (Managing Partner of BJL) which gave an insight into the advertising industry, the work carried out by BJL and the many career paths that can be followed in this vibrant sector.

Welcome Conference

What a Welcome Conference!

Year 7 students have spent the last two days climbing, reflecting, singing, orienteering, thinking, running, trusting, laughing, smiling and pushing themselves to be their best. On their Challenge Day at Howe Bridge they have tried a range of new things and ensured that they have pushed themselves out of their comfort zone.

Open Morning

Open Morning

St Mary’s held its annual open day on Saturday 29th September 2018 for the community with a particular focus on pupils in Years 5 and 6.  The school was a hive of activity with hundreds of St Mary’s pupils giving up their Saturday morning to welcome our many visitors and share their experience of St Mary’s. 

GCSE Performance Day
GCSE PE Performance Day

On Monday the 10th of September some of the GCSE PE students from year 10 and 11 visited the national cycling centre in Manchester. The students got the opportunity to race around the velodrome and the new mountain bike trails whilst linking their performance to the GCSE PE theory specification. Congratulations to Morgan Griffiths and Joe Murphy who gained the fastest times at the Velodrome and Ellie Hughes who proved to be very skilful on the Mountain bike track.