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Whether your child joins us as a boarder or day pupil, he or she will become part of our extended, loving Catholic family, which warmly embraces members of all faiths and cultures.

Perhaps parent Mrs Gossall puts it best: “being part of St Mary’s Hall feels like being enveloped in a big warm hug. My son has never been happier.

Our pupils mix in Playrooms (year groups), rather than houses, so they get to know their same-age peers really well.  Elected students represent each Playroom on our School Council, giving pupils of all ages plenty of opportunities for leadership and to influence activities and events.

We help students to increase their confidence and self-esteem by sharing in success on the sports field.  We also encourage pupils to develop their interests and unique talents through orchestra and choir, speech and drama, judo and tennis, to name but a few of the diverse activities on offer.

When it rains outside, (this is Lancashire after all!) there’s find plenty of space and lots to do inside including table-tennis, pool, chess, film club and much more.

Our annual summer project programme allows pupils and staff alike to learn life skills beyond the classroom and throughout the school year, students enjoy opportunities to immerse themselves in full costume for Victorian days, visits to local air raid shelters and the very popular World Book Day.

We also enjoy educational trips in the UK and overseas, a visit to the Somme WW1 battlefields in Belgium and France, theatre visits, a cultural trip to London, visiting speakers, barbecues, and the school leavers’ ball.

Former pupils tell us that through these rich experiences they develop the lifelong friendships and enduring sense of belonging which create a secure foundation for life.