Just when the new Lower Sixth cohort felt like they’d settled into this new chapter in their academic career – the sixth form team, headed by Mrs. Burrough, set to raise the bar of inclusion and the sense of community across the Sixth Form in the inaugural outing to Blackpool Pleasure Beach for this year’s Ethos Day.
Initially, the room was awash with the nervousness of the new students, pessimistic of what the day had to offer. This quickly changed as the day got started, and any apprehension was easily forgotten as the multitude of exciting, invigorating, team-building activities sought to bridge the students in the two year groups together.
During the sessions, the focus of the day was made ever-more apparent: St Mary’s continuous efforts to work toward their mission statement, the hallmarks of which – Catholic, Caring, Community, Challenging – were embedded into the activities and thus, instilled into the minds of the students.
After the excitement and fun of the team building activities, the focus turned to the Sixth Form’s mission to follow in the footsteps of Oscar Romero and strive towards a more prophetic community, speaking out to challenge injustice in society.
Students rose to the task of designing a shield that best represented the Sixth Form: challenging the students to consider the morals that epitomise the inclusive, friendly and welcoming Sixth Form community. Students were then welcome to stay on and experience the exhilarating rides that the Pleasure Beach had to offer – bringing a day full of excitement, amusement, and joy to a truly brilliant close, leaving the students more connected, involved and excited about the amazing opportunities our Sixth Form has to offer them in the upcoming year within the St Mary’s community.
Nathan Leahy (Year 12)
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Sixth Form students at St Mary’s Catholic Academy achieved a sparkling set of results in their A Level examinations this summer. 100% of students achieved at least two A levels or equivalent with a remarkable 98% of students achieving 3 or more A levels or equivalent (not including general studies). Students excelled in achieving a record number of the highest grades with almost 60% achieving the highest grades of A*/A or Distinction*/Distinction in their results. Amongst the Highest achieving students were Angus Young ( Biol-A, English Lit-A*, French-A, Gen Stud-A, Politics-A) who will study Law at the University of Newcastle, Grace Oldfield (Bus -A, Eng Lit-A, Psychology-A , Hist – B) who will be attending the University of Newcastle to study Law, Harry Lord-Moulding (Biol-A, Gen Studies-A*, Politics-A, Chemistry-A, EPQ-A) attending the University of Manchester to study Biotechnology, Alicia Mrozowska (Graphics-A*, Fine Art-A, Media-B, Eng Lang-C) who will study Graphics at Salford University, Olivia Maginnis – Jones (Bus-A, Eng Lang-A, Gen Stud-A, Psych-B, EPQ-A*) who will study English Language at the University of Manchester, Tom Hall (Comp Stud-A, Maths-A*, Politics-A, EPQ-A, Psych-B) who will attend University of Nottingham to study Maths, Joe Walsh (Biol-A, Chem-A, Maths-A*, Gen Stud-B) who will study Maths at the University of Manchester and Dulcimer McLaughlin (Biol-A, Gen Studies-A, Physics-A*, Chem-B, EPQ-A*) who will study law at UCLAN.
The delighted students were keen to pass on their thanks: “I honestly couldn’t have done this without all of the staff at St Mary’s who helped me build my confidence” said Alicia; “I cannot thank St Mary’s enough for the brilliant launch pad they have provided to enter me into the adult world” added Dulcimer a message echoed by Harry, “The teachers have been incredibly supportive throughout my two years at St Mary’s. I would like to thank them for helping me achieve great results.”
Headteacher, Mr Simon Eccles stated: “I am incredibly happy for our students who have worked so hard to achieve such an exemplary set of results. I would also like to thank the staff who work tirelessly to develop innovative lessons and to support students on their learning journey at St Mary’s. This set of results means that once again all or our students will have the opportunity to pursue their further education or career aspirations over the next few years.”
Year 12 students have laid the foundations for future success with their AS levels. The higher A-C grade was achieved by 59% of students with 19 subject areas guiding students to the highest A and B grades.
Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Jennifer Burrough explained how success was achieved: “St Mary’s Sixth Form is a close family where our clear support system ensures students receive the targeted help they require. Our Catholic caring ethos and pride in all of our students is what makes our Sixth form unique.