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Interhouse Football, Basketball, Dance and Netball


Interhouse football, basketball, dance and netball has taken place this week, for boys and girls in Y7-10. All the pupils have been absolutely superb and have played and competed in the St. Mary's way. Below are the updated points for all the houses.

Anselm -102

Benedict -90

John- 92

Peter- 120

Thomas- 64

The next Interhouse event, will be the Swimming Gala on Friday 27th March at Leyland Leisure Centre.

Pupils Visit from St Anne’s Primary School


On Monday 8th December Year 6 pupils from St Anne’s Primary School visited LSM for an afternoon of PE. This visit encompassed a number of fun, competitive relay games to engage all of the pupils and promote LSM. All of the pupils thoroughly engaged themselves and finished the afternoon with a dodgeball tournament. There was a short presentation at the end to acknowledge the participation of all pupils and to announce who was the pupil of the tournament for outstanding contribution and motivation to all pupils involved throughout the afternoon

Post OFSTED Parent’s Evening Monday 8th December


I would like to take this opportunity to thank those parents who attending the Post OFSTED Parent’s meeting on Monday 8th December.  We had 82 parents sign in, on behalf of 72 pupils.  This represents 12% of the school population.

You will find below the slides that were used on the evening to explain the plans in place in response to the OFSTED report.  I would also like to refer you to our update from last week in which we asked parents to submit questions, request a 1:1 appointment or join the Parents Forum which will review progress towards the action plan. 

If you would like to take up one of these options, please could you contact school either by returning the feedback postcard or by using the contact the school section of the website.

Thanks again for your continued support.


Miss K McNicholas


Slide Presentation

Year 8 Parents and Teachers Meeting – Feedback


On Wednesday 3rd December we held our Year 8 Parents and Teachers meeting and we were very pleased that 76% of our Year 8 parents attended, many with their children, to discuss the progress that they were making and to give them some advice and guidance about how to achieve the very best that they can in the coming years. 

As parents left we conducted an exit survey, the results of which are shown below.  We were really touched by the number of parents who stopped to offer words of support and encouragement in light of our recent OFSTED outcome and we were heartened by the positive feedback reported by the vast majority, that their children were happy in school and progressing well.  Your feedback is really important to us.  We are analyzing all of the written responses in detail and where constructive criticisms have been made we are already looking at improvements we can make in response.   

It was great to hear what a wonderful year group we have in the Year 8s and to hear what a fabulous start they have made to their second year at high school.  I am looking forward to tracking their progress over the coming year and to seeing them continue to let their lights shine here in school and in all of the extracurricular and fundraising activities that they do.

Yours sincerely


Miss K McNicholas

Exit survey 1

Exit survey 2

Monday 1st December 2014


Dear Parents and Guardians 

Following our recent inspection by Ofsted we have now received their report. We want to share the findings with you and to explain what changes are already underway to address the issues that Ofsted has raised.

The Ofsted report recognises many good things about our school, particularly our “polite and courteous” pupils who “are positive about the school and their experiences there”, and who “are happy, feel safe” and “are well looked after”. 

In addition, the report notes that progress in subjects such as English “is good” as well as in modern foreign languages and physical education. However, although our school meets the government standards for attainment, we had already recognised that improvements could be made and this is reflected in the Ofsted assessment. 

The past 18 months have been very difficult for our school and in particular for our pupils. We have had a catastrophic fire, a teachers' dispute, and now, perhaps not surprisingly in the circumstances, the school is in special measures. However, we know that Lancashire schools have an excellent track record for getting back on their feet after reaching this point and we are confident we will do the same. Ofsted acknowledges that “a number of improvement initiatives have been put in place” already and by their next visit we hope that Ofsted can see the difference they are making.

We want to reassure you that Leyland St Mary's can and will make swift progress with the support of the whole staff, governors, the local authority, the Archdiocese and our Ampleforth Trustees, and the rigorous monitoring we will receive from HMI inspectors over the next two years will help us move more quickly towards our targets. We will also work closely with you as parents and with our students, so that you are kept up-to-date as we make improvements.

We all want the school to achieve more and, as a parent, we want you to feel confident that we are working hard to make this happen. We accept the inspectors' findings, and all of us connected with the school are determined to work together to turn this into an opportunity for us. Initiatives already being undertaken include:

  • Better communication with parents, including a new school website which is currently being developed
  • A specific programme of interventions for Key Stage 4 pupils
  • Improved literacy for years 7-9, including 'Pick up a Book' lessons and Accelerated Reader to instil a love of reading and improve literacy levels
  • The governing body is being strengthened and a programme of further training and development is being implemented, enabling governors to more actively monitor pupil progress and hold staff to account
  • New staff appointed to strengthen departments, particularly in English, maths, science and history.

Below we enclosed a summary of the school’s improvement plan, which has been written in response to the Ofsted report and which incorporates key priorities from our existing school improvement plan. Because of existing events in the school calendar, and in order to enable all stakeholders to attend and to give you time to read the report, we will hold a meeting for parents in the Drama Theatre at school on Monday 8th December at 6pm. Members of the school Leadership Team and Governing Body will explain the changes we are implementing, as we work together to provide the very best education and secure the best progress outcomes for your child. You will also be invited to submit any questions you may have as part of this ongoing communication process. Should your child have any concerns, please encourage them to speak to their form tutor, their Learning Manager or the school chaplain.  

Slides from the meeting will be available on the school website from Tuesday 9th December. A link to the Ofsted report is shown below this letter. The report will also be on the Ofsted site from Tuesday 2nd December.  If you are unable to access the report online, please contact school to arrange for a printed copy of the report.

We hope that this letter will reassure you that we are already working hard to make significant improvements and that we will continue to do so throughout the school year. There are many things to be proud of in our school and by working together we can ensure that all of our students are supported to achieve their full potential.

Yours sincerely


Miss K McNicholas                    Mrs K Cooper                            

Headteacher                              Chair of Governors

OFSTED Report : Adobe Acrobat file (109.8k)
Action Plan : Adobe Acrobat file (303.7k)

Year 7 Parents and Tutors "settling in" meetings


On Wednesday 12th November, our  Year 7 parents and tutors settling in evening took place here in school and we were delighted that  85% of parents attended with their children to discuss how the first few weeks of life at St Mary’s was going and to learn about how we would be tracking their pupil’s progress over the coming years. 

As parents left we conducted an exit survey, the results of which are shown below.  Your feedback is really important to us and where constructive criticisms have been made we are already looking at improvements we can make in response.   

It was great to hear what a great year group we have in the Year 7s and to hear what a fabulous start they have made to high school life.  Thanks are due to the Year 7 Pastoral Team, led by Mr Riley, and to all the staff who have helped to get the newest members of the family of Leyland St Mary’s get off to such a great start.   However, the greatest praise must go to the year 7s themselves who have adapted to high school life with great enthusiasm and determination.

Exit Survey 1

Exit Survey 2

Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh’s award Launch Evening Monday 10/11/2014




Please click here to view a presentation from the Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh’s award Launch Evening on Monday 10/11/2014



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School Information


Consultation on Admissions Policies for September 2016


Schools across the Archdiocese are consulting on proposed changes to admissions policies to take effect for school admissions for September 2016

Any comments on the proposals should be sent to the Chair of Governors, at the school address, and to the Archdiocese of Liverpool

Links to the document are shown below.


Admissions 2016-17 : Adobe Acrobat file (321.5k)

Iceland Trip - Important Update


Update to Uniform Policy


Dear parents, please be aware that we have made a slight change to our uniform policy, please take this opportunity to re-familiarise yourself with the policy by clicking here.