About Us

Headteacher: Mrs C Mills
Acting Assistant Headteacher and SENCO: Mrs R Love
Acting Assistant Headteacher and Year 6 Teacher: Mrs H Haworth
EYFS Foundation Stage Leader: Mrs L Webster
School Business Manager: Mrs K L Rawlinson


Our School Today

St Mary's School is a calm, friendly, warm and welcoming school which was founded by and is part of the Catholic Church. We currently have 150 children on roll aged 4-11 and a 26 place Nursery. We are the only Catholic School in the town of Bacup, and our thriving nursery provides free and flexible childcare.  Offering all the advantages of a Church school, our roll is not limited to Catholics. We cater for families who believe in giving children a strong moral understanding of today’s world as well as an excellent all round education.  Our Breakfast club starts at 8am and After School Club runs until 5:15pm each day, enabling parents to have additional childcare on site (see the Charging Policy for current prices).

We welcome new pupils regularly. If you would like to visit our calm, learning focused school please contact the school office who will be happy to help with your enquiries.


A brief history of our school

1852 Father Henry Mulvaney established a Mission in Bacup. A garret over a shop in Market Street (now Crowthers Opticians) was used as Church and School.  

1857 A Smithy over Princess Street was said to have been used for Services at this time. It is not clear whether the school occupied the same premises. 

1862 The School moved to Wesley Place.

1871 A new School and a Presbytery were built next to the church.

1904 A new Infant School was built in Dale Street and the other buildings were enlarged. This is now used as the Parish Centre.

1956 Part of the School’s buildings were condemned as unsafe.

1959 A new School was built on the present site.  It was opened by George Andrew Beck, the Bishop of Salford in 1960.  The cost of the building was £60,000. 

1984 A nursery class was established at the school. 

2000 The School celebrated its 40th anniversary at the present site

2002 The School celebrated 150 years of academic achievement in the town. 

2010 The School celebrated 50 years at its new site.