St Mary's Catholic High School

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St Mary's Catholic High School
Manchester Road, Astley
M29 7EE
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St Mary’s Catholic High School, based in Astley, Manchester, first approached Signs Now in January 2010 after being recommended by another school. Signs Now is a leading Manchester sign maker. They were looking to replace their external signage for something more modern after achieving ‘Outstanding’ in a recent Ofsted inspection and wanted to portray this through their signage.

The Approach

The first phase was to use flat cut mirrored lettering on two sides of the new classroom building. They were so pleased that they decided to repeat the lettering around different parts of the school, Sixth Form, courtyard, technology building and library.

Moving Inside

After such good feedback from staff, pupils and parents, Signs Now were asked if there was a way to transform the drab interior corridor walls, which were covered in old posters and poster cases. We proposed the use of self-adhesive wall vinyl graphics, which then led to full colour wallpaper graphics. Karen was so pleased that they will now be used in nearly every classroom block within the school.

The Challenge

The biggest challenge to overcome was to find a product for the wallpaper which would not only stick to the old painted walls but would also be as durable as possible from lots pupil traffic around the school. Signs Now’s durable vinyl wallpaper is designed to withstand a busy location and has now been used in numerous schools successfully with minimal wear.

Going the Extra Mile

Our team of installers always work around the school timetable so that we are not working around pupils during breaks and busy times like the end of the day. If possible, for the larger projects, we will have an early start, late finish or will work during the school holidays to complete the job

Happy Customers

Over the years of working with St Mary’s we have had many referrals from teachers of other schools who have visited the school and have been impressed with the signage that they have seen. Good news travels fast!


“The Signs Now Team has helped us to bring our school to life. An old building has been transformed with the vinyl wallpaper and bold designs that the Signs Now Team has helped us to develop. The service is first class and I would certainly recommend the company to other schools and colleges.”

Karen Roberts - Assistant Head, Business & Finance