St Mary's College, Wallasey
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|Motto||Christ Within Us All|
|Type||Comprehensive voluntary aided school|
|Headteacher||Mr A. Boyle|
|Specialism||Performing Arts College|
|DfE URN||105110 Tables|
|Website||St. Mary's Website|
St Mary's Catholic College is a Catholic secondary school located in Wallasey, Wirral, in North West England. St Mary's is one of four Catholic secondary schools in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. The others are St Anselm's College, St John Plessington Catholic College and Upton Hall School FCJ. The school has been awarded Specialist Arts College status, resulting in more funding for concentrated arts education.
- Martin Carr (b 1968), chief songwriter and lead guitarist with The Boo Radleys.
- Michelle Butterly (b 1969), actress. U.K. television work includes Casualty, Heartbeat, Soldier Soldier, No Angels and Doctors
- Louise Delamere (b 1974), actress. Her work includes No Angels and The Chatterley Affair.
- Peter McDowall (b 1978), Radio City Sport presenter.
- Jonathan Walters (b 1983), Premiership footballer. Played predominantly for Ipswich Town F.C. and Stoke City F.C. Played in 2011 FA Cup final for Stoke. Also represents the Republic of Ireland national football team (2010). Fourth player in history to score two own goals in one match.
- Matthew Colin Reginald Keogh (b 1991), Longest serving member of 6th form attending 5 end of year proms. Currently an integral part of Lewie LTD. He was voted 5th in the Sunday Times Sunday league player of the decade, behind fellow Wallasey League legend Lewis Tolond who came 2nd.
Over the last few years a £12.5 million building programme has taken place at St. Mary's. This has physically almost doubled the accommodation size of the whole school. The school can now deal comfortably with rising pupil numbers due to its increasing popularity. This building programme has also addressed all of the accommodation shortfalls highlighted in the Ofsted report of March 2002.
In April 2003 the Science and Technology Building opened, along with a new school chapel, extended library, Sixth form common room and study base, extra classrooms and two computer resource bases.
In May 2004 the new Arts Block was opened, in time for the school to become a Specialist College for the Arts in September. There were two new drama studios, a fully equipped dance studio, three art rooms, two new computer rooms and five additional classrooms. Our Music Department now has its own recording studio and soundproof practice rooms. " The current buildings' capacity accommodates 1454 students. Nine forms of entry and an anticipated sixth form roll of 300 + (in the near future), require a further building programme. This is expected to start in May 2006.
It will include 19 new classrooms (16 general and 3 Design and Technology), larger PE changing rooms, expanded and upgraded office/reception areas, improved access for students with limited mobility, three refurbished laboratories, more appropriate staff room facilities and more dining room space.
On completion of this programme, the buildings' capacity will increase to 1654. These works have now been completed.
On December 1, 2011 students from St. Mary's College were invited to perform for HM The Queen and HM The Duke of Edinburgh when they officially opened the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton.