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  • A Level Results

    A Level 2017
    A Level Results - Summer 2017

    The whole community of St. Mary’s Catholic High School is celebrating an outstanding set of A Level and vocational results.  This year is the first time nationally students have sat exams for the newly reformed A levels and St Mary’s students have once again achieved very highly indeed in a changing examination landscape.  Overall our students have attained  a 99% A* - E pass rate with a very impressive number at the highest grades.  In all, an outstanding 55% of grades were at  A*/A or their equivalent,  an excellent 70% were A*-B and an impressive 88% were A*-C or their equivalent.

  • Holyrood Visits

    Holyrood Visits

    Year 10 child development students have been visiting Holyrood nursery to observe children playing.   This is research for their controlled assessment.  The focus is creative play and outdoor play.  It has been good to see inside the nursery and spend time with the nursery nurses and children. 

  • Wigan Music Showcase

    Music Service
    Wigan Music Service Ensembles Showcase 

    After three busy rehearsals in June, on Wednesday 5th July it was time for St. Mary’s and Oakfield High school to perform together a song written especially for both schools called ‘Stronger Together’. But before the performance there was a well-deserved tea at Pizza Hut!

    It was excellent to see both schools working together so well and really enjoying performing on the stage at Robin Park.

    Well Done to everyone who took part. 

  • Science London

    Science London
    Science in the City

    On Saturday 1st July 2017, at a very early time of 8am, 34 students, full of excitement, embarked upon a very well anticipated journey, for what was sure to be a fantastic weekend in the capital: London!

    Soon getting past the exhaustion, we were on the motorway speeding towards London, listening to some music in the meantime. Excitement fuelled our energy, and having only stopped once for a quick break, before we even noticed, our destination was imminent!

  • Science Trip

    Nuclear Workshop
    Nuclear Workshop - Hotel Football

    Miss Boardman took 10 Key Stage 3 students to the Innovation in Nuclear STEM workshop at Hotel Football in Manchester. The European Nuclear Young Generation Forum held a conference in Manchester and wanted to demonstrate the opportunities available to young people and engage them in challenging science and engineering activities.

  • Caitlin's Day

    Balloon Release - Stars in their Eyes

    On Friday 5th May 2017, Staff and Students at St. Mary’s Catholic High School came together as a community to celebrate the life of our student and friend Caitlin.

    This day was known as
    ‘Caitlin’s Day’

    Caitlin tragically passed away on Wednesday 26th April after a short but brave and determined battle against cancer.

  • Big Bang Fair

    The Big Bang Fair
    Big Bang Fair 2017

    35 students attended the brilliant Big Bang Fair 2017. With over 150 stands with careers advice, engaging activities in many fields of science and engineering, students got hands on with employers and universities to promote jobs and degrees they might like to pursue. GSK and Red Nose Day gave us an insight into malaria, Sellafield intrigued students with activities about nuclear power, students saw shows by the Gastronaught, and we learnt survival skills at our final workshop plus much more.

  • Creative Writing

    Creative Writing
    Y10 AS Creative Writing

    The Year 10 AS Creative Writing group were fortunate enough to be taught by one of the school's gifted A Level students: Grace Corey. The group are working towards an AS Creative Writing qualification and have to write their own original pieces. Grace came into one of the sessions to inspire creativity and flair in the pupils' writing. Grace used one of her own examples with the students and they now have to craft their own piece loosely based on ideas generated by Grace.

  • Bath Fizz Making

    Bath Fizz
    Charity - Bath Fizz Making

    Bath fizz making in production this morning.  Well done Health and Social Care students.  You have been amazing on the production line.  Thanks to the sixth formers for their help.  We are nearly ready for the sale for The Christie charity next week.

  • Coffee Morning

    Coffee Morning
    H & S Coffee Morning

    Today the year 10 GCSE health and social students enjoyed helping at the coffee morning after mass.  It was a lovely event with the students learning from members of the community.

    Thanks to Sarah for accompanying the students and Miss Hall for organising today.

  • Science Ambassadors

    Science Ambassadors
    Student Science Ambassadors

    11 students were successful with their applications to lead in science with activities to give back to their community. These students have shown a commitment to science and will support with the Super Science Fair this week and lead on projects with our linked primary schools.

    Well done from Miss Boardman.

  • ABA Training

    ABA Training
    Anti-Bullying Ambassador Training

    On Thursday 2nd March, 15 students from across different year groups attended Matthew Moss high School in Rochdale to complete their Anti Bullying Ambassador Training, in association with the Diana Award.  It was an eye opening experience and all of our young people came back more determined than ever to combat bullying within our community.

  • Graphene Lecture

    Graphene Lecture

    HAP students visited the beautiful Whitworth Hall at the University of Manchester with Miss Boardman to experience a lecture on graphene by the team who won the Noble Physics Prize for the creation of graphene. Students were immersed in the chemistry and revolutionary applications of this amazing new material.

  • Lego Challenge

    Lego Challenge
    STEM Club - Lego Challenge

    On Monday 6th March St Mary's STEM Club took part in the Tomorrows Engineers - Lego Robotics Challenge. The pupils, who attend STEM Club on Monday nights had to complete a series of challenges on the day to compete in the competition. The challenges included programming Lego robots to compete various tasks in a 'space' environment. Students had to take part in group presentations where the students discussed what robots may be like in the future.

  • Netball Coaching

    Netball Coaching
    Natalie Panagarry – Netball Coaching

    On Friday 3rd March pupils from St Mary’s Catholic High School were treated to a netball coaching session from England and Loughborough Lightening’s Natalie Panagarry, who kindly took time out of her busy schedule to provide students with this exciting and unique opportunity. Panagarry spent time discussing her success in netball with the students and explained the pathway she had taken to reach international level.

  • Dayne Weston

    Dayne Weston
    Dayne Weston attends McAuley House Assembly

    On Wednesday we had Dayne Weston from Leigh Centurions join the McAuley House assembly. He came into St Mary's to speak about a charity that is dear to his heart called 'Ben's Wish'. The charity is raising funds for a local 10 year old boy called Ben Robinson from Leigh who has cerebral palsy and has recently been diagnosed with Leukaemia.

  • Annie


    School Production 2017

    When I found out that I was Annie I was so happy and shocked on how well I did and at first I didn’t think it was true. I didn’t believe it, but when I walked up to the cast sheet tears of happiness streamed down my face. I got the part! Ever since I was little I loved the role of Annie, she was sweet and clever and special.  I loved Annie and have seen it everywhere; on stage, TV, film and everything else!  If it wasn’t for my friends (especially Sophie) I wouldn’t have been as confident and certainly wouldn’t be doing Drama today.

  • History Trip

    History Trip
    Year 11 GCSE History Trip: Hitler on Trial

    Yesterday Year 11 students who study GCSE History had the opportunity to take part in an interactive revision based workshop. Students played the part of the jury in a courtroom based interactive play - Hitler on Trial.

    Our students were a credit to St Mary's. Their behaviour was impeccable.

  • UCAS Evening

    UCAS Evening
    Getting a step ahead.

    Great to see so many of our aspiring Yr.11 students and parents attending our UCAS (university application) evening. At St Mary's Sixth Form College we pride ourselves on the support provided to all our university (and apprenticeship) applicants leading to highly successful transition from our college. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Careers Convention

    Careers Convention
    Careers Convention

    On Thursday 9th February we held our 27th annual Careers Convention.  The Careers Convention was a great success; this year students from Year 8 to Year 13 attended, with over 110 exhibitors present on the evening.  At a time when there are over 573,000 young people aged 16 – 24 in the country unemployed, the purpose of the Convention was to give our pupils the opportunity to obtain the very best careers advice from experts in a variety of different fields of employment, training and Further/Higher Education. 

  • Taster Session

    taster session
    Health and Social Taster Session

    Lots of students attended the lunchtime options taster sessions to learn more about Child Development and Health and Social Care.  The students met baby Leo and baby Isabella.  They tried on the pregnancy bump and took part in an activity about healthy eating.  Year 12 students led the activities.  Thanks to Olivia Bowring, Leah Keenan and Emma Pickup for their help.  We hope the options session gave you valid information to make your choice.  Good luck.

  • Harry Potter

    Harry Potter
    Harry Potter Quiz Night

    At 3pm on Thursday the Student Support Centre was magically turned into Hogwarts. More than 30 students from all year groups, dressed in their finest Harry Potter themed clothes arrived for the Harry Potter Book Night Quiz. They were greeted by Madam Pince, the school librarian of Hogwarts, and sorted into their houses by Professor McGonagall, with the help of the sorting hat.

  • Thackray Medical

    Leeds History Trip
    Thackray Medical Museum

    Y10 GCSE historians visited the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds on the 1st February. All students were able to enhance their understanding of the history of medical treatments and the different ideas about cause of disease. A particular highlight was the “Stinky Street” set in the 19th century, but braver souls also experienced “Hannah Dyson’s ordeal”! All of our students behaved beautifully and a special thanks goes to all of the staff involved with planning and delivering the trip.

  • Holocaust

    Holocaust remembered

    Two sixth form students from St Mary's were chosen to take part in the Holocaust Educational Trust's lessons from Auschwitz programme. Chloe Allen and Izabella Cebula participated in seminars at Manchester University and visited the notorious concentration camp of Auschwitz Birkenau. They have used their experience and their learning to lead the commemorations of Holocaust remembrance at school.

  • Wigan Warriors

    Wigan Warriors
    Wigan Warriors Development Day

    On Monday 30th of January forty five of our year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students attended a Wigan Warriors Development day at Central Park. The students got to tour around Wigan's home of youth development and got to taste some of the first class coaching that they had to offer. Firstly, the year 7's and 8's had a 'wrestling' and 'contact' lesson in the fully padded specialist room, while the year 9 and 10 students took part in a gym session.

  • Paralympic Visit

    Paralympic Bronze Medallist Small wows pupils as he prepares for World upgrade

    Paralympian Andrew Small last week provided lucky students at St Mary’s with a unique insight into his career, encouraging them to join him and the rest of his British teammates on their journey to the World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships London 2017.

    Small made his Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Games last summer, claiming bronze in the T33 100m, and took time out from his bid to make this summer’s World Para Athletics Championships to stop by St Mary’s and treat them for their enthusiasm for athletics.

  • Random Acts

    Random Acts of Christmas
    Random Acts of Christmas

    Our pupils at St Mary’s have worked hard throughout December to make a difference to people’s Christmas in the local community. The school collectively collected dried and tinned goods for the Atherton and Leigh Food Bank, which goes to those in need this Christmas. Pupils made hampers for the SVP group at St Joseph’s at Leigh which have been distributed to families and pensioners to spread a little joy this Christmas time.

  • Christmas Concert

    Christmas Concert 2016
    St Mary’s Christmas Concert 2016

    After months of hard work and preparation by staff and students alike, the Christmas Concert was as brilliant as ever. With performances from students of all year groups performing a wide range of music, variety was certainly one of the most impressive parts of the show. From Green Day to Michael Bublé, Vaughan Williams to the Arctic Monkeys, the performances were each unique and amazing in their own way. St Mary’s is a fantastically talented school when it comes to music, and this shone through more than ever in the Christmas Concert.

  • Open Day

    Open Day 2016
    Open Day

    What a great day we had!  The school was a hive of activity on Saturday 24th September when Year 5 and Year 6 students and their parents came to see what St. Mary’s has to offer.  The science show wowed our visitors and the Spanish tapas was a delicious hit.  Every department in school had planned activities to entertain and give a flavour of what life is like at St. Mary’s. 

  • Naples Trip

    Pompeii Selfeii

    Year 10 Geographers headed out to Naples in the first week of the holiday. The group visited Vesuvius, Pompeii, Capri and the Amalfi coast. The students had a fantastic time and were as always a credit to the school. Much pizza was consumed along the way and the evening beach olympics got VERY competitive!

  • GCSE Results

    GCSE Results 2016
    St Mary’s Hit Record Results!

    Students and staff are celebrating some excellent achievement with the release of GCSE results today.  The examination accountability system is changing and schools are to be judged on the progress each individual child makes and how the school has added value to that child’s education rather than just an attainment figure of 5A*-C.  Mr Dawson, commented “I would like to congratulate students for all their dedication and achievement.  

  • Student Leaders

    Student Leaders
    Student Leader Training

    Monday the 4th of July saw the first Student Leader training session take place. Students learnt about the different types of leadership style and explored scenarios which tested their skills to the limit! This is the first step to equip the students for their roles as leaders in school both for the Prom Committee (making plans for the next school prom including themes, colour schemes and menu choices) and the wider Student Leader team (responsible for representing the school throughout the year, charity and fundraising).

  • Year 11 June Ball

    June Ball
    Year 11 June Ball

    Friday the 24th of June saw the class of 2016 dressed to impress when they celebrated the end of Year 11 with the June Ball at the prestigious Midland Hotel in Manchester.

    Whilst the summer weather did not quite match up to the stunning array of dresses and suits, the students enjoyed a delicious three course meal followed by speeches from Principal Students Niamh Doctor and Sean Halpin. Miss Jump commended the students on their time at St Mary’s, describing them as an ‘exceptional’ year group.

  • Year 11 Celebration

    Year 11 Celebration
    Year 11 Celebration Service

    On Tuesday the 21st of June the class of 2016 marked the end of five years at St Mary’s with a celebration service at St Ambrose Barlow.

    Father Paul led the service which encouraged students not only to reflect upon their five years at St Mary’s but also to consider what is yet to come at this exciting point of their lives.

  • Science Week

    Science Week
    Science Week

    Great turn out from students in year seven to sixth formers helping out and getting involved in our science fair. Students presented and manned lots of different projects sharing their expertise. Sixth formers dissected a heart and showed younger students the different chambers and functions.

Assistant Headteacher - Director for Key Stage 4
Assistant Director for Key Stage 4
Year Leads
Year 10 - Miss A Rees
Year 11 - Mrs N Pendlebury