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St Mary's College
Established 1904
Closed 2011
Religion Roman Catholic
Location Saltersgill Avenue
Local authority Middlesbrough
DfE URN 130572 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 498 (2008/09)
Gender Coeducational
Ages 16–18
Diocese Middlesbrough

St Mary's College was a voluntary aided Catholic college situated in Saltersgill, Middlesbrough, England. In 2011, St Mary's College, along with two other Catholic schools, closed. Its buildings, staff and educational provision were merged with the other schools to form Trinity Catholic College, Middlesbrough.[1]


Grammar school

Under Middlesbrough Education Committee, it was the St Mary's College RC Grammar School, a voluntary aided grammar school, with around 750 boys. Before around 1962 it was on The Avenue. The site on Saltersgill Avenue was between Acklam Hall Grammar School to the west and Middlesbrough High School, in Marton, to the east. Also in Middlesbrough was its sister school, St Mary's Convent R.C. Grammar School FCJ with around 600 girls on Newlands Road in Linthorpe, formerly known as Newlands Grammar School previous to when it moved to Saltersgill Avenue at the same time that St Mary's College moved there. In 1974 it became Newlands School FCJ, latterly the Newlands Catholic School FCJ, a mixed comprehensive, and closed in 2009, and became Trinity Catholic College, when it merged with St David's Roman Catholic Technology College.

Sixth form college

In 1968, Middlesbrough Education Committee changed its admissions policy and it became a sixth form college in 1974, also known then as a senior high school.

Academic performance

St Mary's described itself as a "Catholic College for the whole community",[2] and was the only sixth form college of its type in the Northern region.[3] The college offered A levels across the Sciences, Mathematics, Humanities, Arts and Modern Languages subject areas, as well as GCSEs in a number of subjects.

In 2010 Ofsted carried out an inspection at St Mary's and found the college to be inadequate.[4] This, along with falling student numbers due to competition from the upgraded Middlesbrough College, meant the decision was made for the school to close in the summer of 2011.

Closure and merger

The college was officially dissolved on 31 July 2011.[5] The post-16 education provision provided by St Mary's College was taken over by Trinity Catholic College, which expanded to offer sixth form provision, housed in St Mary's old site at Saltersgill Avenue. Students enrolled at St Mary's were able to continue their education at Trinity.[6]

Notable alumni

Grammar school

  • Maurice Foley, CMG (1925–2002), British Labour Party politician, MP, junior minister and professional civil servant with the European Commission.[7][8]
  • Donald Tyerman CBE, Editor The Economist (1956-65)
  • Paul Vallely CMG, Writer, journalist
  • Rt Rev Kevin Vasey OBE, Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain and Vicar General (Army) from 1997-2002
  • Ged Parsons,[9] English television writer (Have I Got News For You)
  • John McKitterick,[10] head of Fashion Design Department at Kingston University
  • Chris Rea, blues musician.


  1. ^ "New Sixth Form for Trinity Catholic College". LoveMiddlesbrough. 8 April 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "St Mary's College". Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
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  4. ^ "Reinspection Monitoring Visit: Main Findings". Ofsted. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "The St Mary's College, Middlesbrough (Dissolution) Order 2011". UK Statute Law Database. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "St Mary's Sixth Form college set to close". LoveMiddlesbrough. 8 April 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Dalyell, Tam (14 February 2002). "Obituary: Maurice Foley". Independent, The (London).  "Maurice Foley was born in Durham in the year of the General Strike, of Irish immigrants who had found work in the mines. After elementary school, as a staunch Roman Catholic he was given a place in St Mary's College in Middlesbrough."
  8. ^ "Maurice Foley". Times, The (London). 19 February 2002.  "He was born in the North East, the child of Irish immigrants, and saw the results of the Depression throughout his schooldays, first at a Roman Catholic elementary school, then at St Mary's College in Middlesbrough."
  9. ^ Ged Parsons profile
  10. ^ John McKitterick profile at Kingston University website
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