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

Year 11 Revision Gets Under Way

ImageDuring the last couple of weeks a Year 11 Revision Programme has been started. This involves taking groups of Y11 students to the City Learning Centre for a couple of hours to look at styles of learning, how the brain works and how best to engage in Revision. On Thursday 16th February there will be a Parents’ and Students’ Evening when Individual Revision Plans will be handed out to the students ready for the start of the Revision Scheme which starts on Monday 6th March. Of course before then is half term, an excellent opportunity for  revision for the Mock Examinations which start on the Monday after we return – 27th February. Good Luck to all the Year 11 students as they enter the final furlong of their compulsory College education – perhaps they can beat the 60% record achieved last summer!
 
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SKOOL IDOL

ImageTeachers, students, any body with some talent, come show off at the student Vs. teachers talent show “SKOOL IDOL”.

In the hall at lunch time every day for one week starting on the 13th of February.  Enter now as spaces are limited!

Student auditions: 6th – 8th February
Teacher auditions: 9th and 10th of February

Updated Galleries

ImageOn 3rd February the Music Rooms were handed over to the College. The air-conditioning needs commissioning but the structural work is now complete. The corridor from the bottom of the Chapel stairs is now complete and leads into a entrance Hall (see the photographs) and the Music ICT Rooms. The keyboards and computers are due to be delivered soon and an interactive whiteboard will be fitted with a new stereo system installed. There is a new Music Office (previously the Head’s Secretary’s Office) and a new Store Room between the two teaching classrooms. The end room is the new Music Ensemble Room and the furniture is due for delivery – we still need to accommodate one piano elsewhere in the College or sell it to somebody with a space large enough be able to use it.

The ‘soundproof practice room’ needs some modification before it is usable but when finished will form part of the re-designed music suite. The corridor by Miss Young’s Office has been redecorated in the new Convent colours and links together the RE department with the Staff Room. It’s now time to turn our attention to the staircases and corridors throughout the rest of the Convent Building

ImageAlso on Friday 3rd February 2006, the Science Department held a special Holocaust Day lesson in the Hall, to remember the millions who died during the Holocaust of the Second World War.  The gallery section has been updated with photos from this lesson.