Working Towards a World Class Catholic Education


Headteacher’s Welcome

At St. Mary's Menston Catholic Voluntary Academy we provide an outstanding education for pupils aged 11–18, rooted in Christian values. We serve the parish churches of Addingham, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Horsforth, Ilkley, Otley, Pudsey and Yeadon.

St. Mary’s Menston has a successful past and is highly successful at the present. Our aim is to develop even further to be a world class school giving the best care, support and outcomes to our students. Please contact us for more information. 


Headteacher: Mr Darren Beardsley


Act of Worship

FRIDAY 27/11/2015

Action: Watch


Watch this Advent in Two Minutes Video


See Advent Calendar in school.




Theme: 1st Week of Advent - Advent

The Advent season lasts for four Sundays leading up to Christmas. The first Sunday of Advent is this Sunday the 29 November. The season of Advent prepares us for the coming of Jesus.

The Word: A reading from the Bible (Old Testament)

“Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth, serve the Lord with gladness. Come before him singing with joy.“


Purple or Violet vestments are worn during Advent and Lent and for Funerals. In some places purple, seen more as symbolic of hope and joy, is worn in Advent and for funerals whilst violet is kept for the penitential time of Lent.