Parent Director Election

Following the invitation for nominations for the Parent Director vacancy, I am delighted to say that there are two candidates for the vacancy.  This means we will now hold a ballot.

The candidates for election are:

  • Mr David Hargreaves
  • Mrs Michelle Staveley

Please follow the link to read their personal statements.

By now every family should have received their ballot forms through the post, please follow the procedure outlined in the letter regarding how to vote.

May I remind you that ballot forms need to be in the envelopes provided with the information completed on the larger of the two return envelopes, and that the deadline for ballot forms to be received at St Mary’s is 9.00 a.m. on Wednesday 19 October 2016.  If you are not able to bring your ballot form into St Mary’s please return it to:

Mr S Tierney, Returning Officer
St Mary’s Catholic Academy, St Walburgas, Blackpool FY3 7EQ - to arrive no later than the deadline mentioned above.

When the election has been completed the outcome will be announced.

Mr. S. Tierney,
Executive Director
BEBCMAT/Returning Officer


Parliamentary Education Outreach Programme Workshop

Year 9 enjoyed a workshop from the Parliamentary Education Outreach programme on Wednesday 28th September. They were asked to plan their own political campaign, and they chose to cover issues such as free school buses, changing the times of the school day, abolishing university tuition fees, and even ending world poverty. It was an inspirational morning and we hope that some of the students will go on to make such changes happen! 

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)