Timetable For St. Mary’s Catholic Academy Appeals 2018
On the 1st March 2018, Blackpool & Lancashire Local Authorities will inform parents of the secondary school their child has been allocated to. Not all parents will necessarily receive their first choice of school. For September 2018, the full allocation of 210 student places has been made at St. Mary’s Catholic Academy. If your child has not been allocated a place at St. Mary’s and you would like to try to secure a place for them please follow the process below. We would strongly advise you not to reject the place at the school your child has been allocated until you hear the outcome of the Appeals process.
St Cuthbert’s is Good All Over
Following the inspection of St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy, in July 2017, the inspectors judged the academy to be good overall and also good in every category - Effectiveness of leadership and management, Quality of teaching, learning and assessment, Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare, Outcomes for pupils and its Early years provision.
In a letter sent to St. Cuthbert’s the lead inspector wrote: “You have high aspirations for your pupils and work rigorously and relentlessly to make sure you achieve the high standards you set for yourself and others.” It added: “At the heart of all your work is your drive and determination to ensure that pupils have better life choices.”
The Trust is delighted that the hard work and dedication of the staff team and the support of parents has been recognised; the education the children now receive is of the highest quality and improving further. To move from an inadequate to good grading in four years is a great achievement.
A full copy of the report is available here -
“Exceptional”; Christ the King’s Ofsted Report
The Trust recently received the exceptional Ofsted Inspection Report for Christ the King Catholic Academy. Stephen Tierney, chief executive of the Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi-Academy Trust, which runs the school, said: “The comments about the quality of leadership, care, standards, and all-round education are an absolute delight.”
The letter to the Academy’s Executive Headteacher, Sarah Smith, read, “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection due to your exceptional leadership … You have high aspirations for your pupils and work rigorously and relentlessly to make sure you achieve the high standards you set for yourself and others … At the heart of all your work is your drive and determination to ensure that pupils have better life choices … Central to improving the lives of pupils is the care and support you provide to children and their families.”
The pupils described their teachers and support staff as ‘amazing’ and told the Ofsted inspector that they feel ‘happy and safe’ and ‘love coming to school’. Parents shared pupils’ positive views. The report went on to state that attendance is ‘now excellent’; classrooms are ‘exciting, attractive, and well organised’ and the children were prepared for life at secondary school by the time they leave.
St. Mary's Wins Share Of Funding To Help Improve Quality Of Teaching In Their Region
St Mary’s Catholic Academy Blackpool is one of eleven schools to have won funding to boost the quality of teaching in their region through better use of research.
The new Research Schools – part-funded through the Government’s Opportunity Areas programme and part of a joint initiative between the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) - were unveiled by the Education Secretary Justine Greening at a summit hosted by the Sutton Trust today.
St Mary’s will receive £200,000 over three years to become the focal point of evidence-based practice in Blackpool and build networks between large numbers of schools. They’ll develop a programme of support and events to get more teachers using research evidence in ways that make a difference in the classroom.
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