SPAIN 2006

ImageOn 16th February 14 students set off on a five day break to the Costa del Sol as part of their Travel & Tourism or Geography A level course. The Geography team, led by Mrs Thomasson and Ms Riley, was looking at the land usage around Torremolinos and Benalmadena Costa as examples of urban growth. The Travel and Tourism Group with Mr Robinson and Mr Slack were completing a piece of coursework on the facilities in and around Torremolinos and the excursions available to clients staying in the area. We flew from Blackpool International Airport to Malaga and then picked up a mini-bus to take us to our splendid accommodation at the Hotel Natalie – known for its extensive facilities and free water. In the few days we were there we visited the caves and beaches at Nerja, the ‘white village’ of Frigilliana, the city of Granada, the ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada, the commune of Benalmadena Pueblo and the cable car ride behind Arroyo de la Miel. There are some photos of the groups working, snowballing, swimming, ten-pin bowling but fortunately none of the Karaoke evening. Planning is now well underway for the next trip; any Year 11 students would be well advised to get their options sheets in early if they wish to join the expeditions next year.

Please visit the Gallery section for the photos of  Spain 2006

Castlerigg Manor

ImageOn January 30th some of our Year 11s went to Castlerigg Manor on our annual retreat.  The group gained a lot from a range of activities which helped them to explore how we live and our relationship with God and each other.

Highlights of the trip include the walks in absolutely freezing temperatures, the Thursday night disco, some lovely quiet prayer time in the Chapel and Mr McDonough's convincing table-tennis victory over Stephen Townsend!

Please visit the Gallery for more photos

OFSTED REPORT

ImageI am pleased to be able to tell you that a copy of the College’s Ofsted Inspection Report is now uploaded to the College website.  The inspection was an extremely rigorous process that was professionally led by Mr Jim Bennetts HMI.  I was delighted that the Ofsted Team recognised that our College was a good school “in all aspects of its work”.

The Governors are extremely pleased and proud of the achievement of the College over the past few years.
The success of St Mary’s can be attributed to the work of the teaching staff, students, ancillary staff, Senior Management Team and Headteacher.  All this work has been carried on whilst the College was undergoing a major building project, which thankfully is now complete. Recognition of all this hard work and achievement was acknowledged by the Ofsted Inspectors. Their report is a glowing testament to all staff and students at the College.
Finally, the Governors would like to thank Mr David Lund and his colleagues at the Education Department of Blackpool Borough Council and the Diocesan Education Service for all their help and assistance.
Over the coming months and years I hope that you will continue to work with us to further improve the high quality of education on offer.  Your support in ensuring your son/daughter has very high levels of attendance would be greatly appreciated.

J.B. McVittie
Chairman of Governors