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Welcome to St Mary's Catholic High School Leyland

St Mary's Catholic High School, Leyland

St Mary's Catholic High School has gone through a great transformation in a short space of time. The necessity to reflect, innovate and change has brought about high performance, sustained progress and a desire among all stakeholders to become the very best that we can be. Whilst the building presents a wonderful environment for education, we know that what really matters is exciting teaching that delivers progress in learning. We have unequivocal high expectations in terms of behaviour and our focus on spiritual development for children is very beneficial to young people growing up in a rapidly changing world.



Headteacher letter to parents December 2018

Friday 14 December

Dear Parent / Carer,

Please follow the link for my December letter to parents.


Phil Thompson

Y10 Mock Interviews 31.01.19

Friday 14 December

Dear Parent / Carer,  

I am delighted to inform you that your son / daughter will have the opportunity to participate in a mock interview on Thursday, 31st January 2019, during school time.  

As a school we believe that a realistic mock interview will serve your child well as part of their work related learning, building their confidence and developing their interview skills in preparation for their post 16 educational applications.  

In order to match your son / daughter to an appropriate interviewer, he /she must complete a personal statement following the attached personal statement writing frame. The personal statement must be typed up and printed out and should relate to your son / daughter’s first choice of occupation or training course. The deadline for handing in personal statements is Friday, 11th January 2019. As the mock interview experience is so valuable to our young people, this year they are compulsory for all pupils in Year 10. For those pupils who may see this as a daunting prospect, I have organised an ‘Interview Tips and Techniques’ information session, on Wednesday, 23rd January 2019, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., in the drama theatre. This session is entirely voluntary but will serve to provide help and reassurance prior to the mock interviews.  

Form tutors will support and facilitate pupils with their personal statements and ensure that all pupils take part. All personal statements will be sent to the employers / training providers a week before the interview date, to enable the interviewers to look at them prior to conducting the personalised mock interview. Following the interview your son / daughter will receive feedback on both their personal statement and their interview skills.   

Pupils are welcome to bring records of their achievement and / or certificates to their interview if they wish. Each interview will be no longer than 15 minutes in duration.   

This is an excellent opportunity for your son / daughter which will also serve to help him / her with the college / apprenticeship application process and interview in Year 11. I very much hope that you will encourage your son / daughter to take full advantage of the event and support him / her in writing his / her personal statement, ensuring that the deadline is met.  

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further questions.  

Yours sincerely,  

Mrs L Pilling 

Assistant Head Teacher 

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