Climate Change Debate

Climate Change Debate
On Friday 14th October, St Mary’s had the pleasure of welcoming guests Paul Maynard MP and Gordon Marsden MP into school for a big debate on climate change. More than 60 year ten and eleven students turned up to witness members of Mr Baugh’s year twelve politics class debating the motion “This house believes that climate change cannot be tackled within our current economic model.” To make things even more difficult, each student was asked to argue the position opposite to their own beliefs on the issue in order to develop their critical thinking skills.

To open the debate, Mr Baugh outlined the motion and invited our special guests to provide their response to the topic. Six students then presented their argument, after which Mr Maynard and Mr Marsden had the opportunity to put questions to them to explore and critique. After intense deliberation, our guests judged in favour of the opposition based on the strength of their argument. We finished up with tea and cake and the chance to congratulate the brave speakers who had their first venture into politics.

Our event was arranged as part of of CAFODs “Speak Up Week of Action” and was one of hundreds of events across the UK involving young people interacting with their local politicians to raise the issue of climate change. This event has demonstrated that Climate Change is a hugely important and current issue for our young people and that the spark of interest in politics and current issues is very much alive in the younger generation. 


Politics Students visit the Labour Party Conference

Students visit the Labour party conference
43 A-level Politics students visited the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool on Tuesday 27 September. They are pictured here with Cllr Chris Webb, an ex-pupil of St. Mary's, who works for the Labour Party, and Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South. We were lucky enough to meet Dianne Abbott MP, John Snow, Channel 4 News Presenter, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, and the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson, following his speech to the conference. It was a very interesting and enlightening day. 

Sixth Form Ethos Day

Ethos Day
The Year 12s have settled into life in the Sixth Form exceptionally well which has been helped by our welcoming Year 13 students. On Thursday 22nd September, we were fortunate enough to spend our Ethos Day at Impact Blackpool. The theme for our Sixth Form learning house this year is Forgiveness, so in order to build a strong and cohesive community we organised a full day of team-building and leadership activities. This enabled students to fully integrate with each other across both year groups, forging positive relationships. The students’ enthusiasm was contagious and a lot of fun was had by all! A big thank you to Impact Blackpool for having us and the Sixth Form tutor team for their assistance in ensuring the day was such a success.

Mrs Burrough (Head of Sixth Form)