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Welcome from the Principal


Welcome to St. Mary's College: we are a thriving community which places a high value on outstanding academic achievement and all-round personal development, as well as our central emphasis as a Catholic school which welcomes boys and girls of all faiths.  


Our school is built on strong values which emphasise the importance of caring for others and striving for excellence in all we do. At St. Mary’s our pupils are challenged to achieve, taught a sense of what is right, encouraged to show initiative, nurtured in spiritual growth and shown the importance of teamwork. Our rich programme of extra-curricular activities equips our pupils with the skills and values which will guide and support them throughout their lives. 


We hope that you find this site informative and will be sufficiently attracted by its contents to come and visit us for a taste of life at St. Mary's: visitors remark upon the special atmosphere at our school and the warm welcome offered by our pupils and staff.

Success at St. Mary's is measured by much more than examination results: achievement encompasses music, sport, initiatives for others as well as the spiritual growth of all members of our community.  I invite you to visit us and experience for yourself the essence of St. Mary's.

Mr Michael Kennedy, BSc, MA



Latest News

New Chair for the Friends of St. Mary's
    The organisation for former students and staff of St. Mary’s College has a new man at the helm. Southport businessman and ex-pupil of the school, Jonathan Cunningham, has been appointed as the Chair of the Friends of St. Mary’s, succeeding Tony Bradshaw who spent more than four years in the role. The new Chair is
St. Mary's salutes achievements of CCF Cadets
St. Mary’s College recently celebrated the achievements of students involved in its Combined Cadet Force (CCF) at the contingent’s annual presentation evening.   The VIP guest at the event was former pupil, Squadron Leader Kevin O’Shaughnessy, who looked back at his own time in St. Mary’s CCF in the 1950s in
We are disappointed that Mr Tim Warren, Diocesan Director of Schools and Colleges for the Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool, has chosen to write an open letter regarding our free school application which has been widely circulated.   We have no wish to enter into a public argument with the Archdiocese on this matter because, as
St. Mary's students head to the crossroads of Europe
Pupils from St. Mary’s College recently jetted off to France for the return leg of a student exchange scheme. Twenty two pupils in Years 10-13, accompanied by two members of staff, spent a week with their French counterparts from St. Mary’s partner school, Lycée Beau-Jardin, in Saint-Dié in the heart of the Vosges
St. Mary's College to continue progressing free school plans
    St. Mary’s College is to continue progressing its plans to become a Catholic free school, despite the fact that the Archdiocese of Liverpool is currently unable to support the application. Governors at St. Mary’s say they understand and respect the position of the Archdiocese, which reflects the
St. Mary's students take to the stage at the Phil
More than 200 talented music students from St. Mary’s College took to the stage at one of the region’s most prestigious concert venues recently. The annual Festival of Music event at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall was a showcase for the skills of a range of musical ensembles from the College and The Mount. 


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