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St. Mary's Catholic High School

A Level 2017
A Level Results - Summer 2017

The whole community of St. Mary’s Catholic High School is celebrating an outstanding set of A Level and vocational results.  This year is the first time nationally students have sat exams for the newly reformed A levels and St Mary’s students have once again achieved very highly indeed in a changing examination landscape.  Overall our students have attained  a 99% A* - E pass rate with a very impressive number at the highest grades.  In all, an outstanding 55% of grades were at  A*/A or their equivalent,  an excellent 70% were A*-B and an impressive 88% were A*-C or their equivalent.

Andrew Dawson, Headteacher, was delighted with the results and the success of the students.  He commented, “The results that the students have achieved are outstanding and we are really very proud that more than one  in every two grades is either an A* or an A.  These excellent results say so much about our young people and they are a reflection of their innate ability, hard work and determination.  We all know though that natural ability needs to be nurtured, challenged and channelled and I thank all the staff within the school who have supported our students academically and pastorally which is all the more difficult with so many new examinations .  These results are the key to enable our students to confidently take their next step in life to university, further training or work.  I am very proud of the fact that in the last 5 years every student who has applied to university through St Mary’s has gained a place.”

Mr. Jack Farrimond, Chair of Governors offered “sincere congratulations to all our students and the results they have achieved. It is a real testament to their hard work and the support they have received from their family and the school.”   

Mr Adam Robinson, Director of Sixth Form was exceptionally pleased with this year’s impressive results and commented that “St. Mary’s Sixth Form is very much an inclusive community with 36 different subjects and qualifications on offer to enable all students to find the right course to become successful.  We work to celebrate the success of every student.  Each qualification is a recognition both of two years hard work for the student and two years support and challenge from the school.” 

St. Mary’s Sixth Form attracts students from both St. Mary’s Catholic High School and local partner schools. 

There are many examples of individual students who have excelled and achieved excellent grades to enable them to take their next steps in life

Successful students are also making clear decisions about following high quality apprenticeship courses and two students with 7 Distinction* are taking up Engineering apprenticeships

Today is also a poignant day as we remember our friend and student Niall Dearnaley who achieved so much.  Niall was a much loved and respected young man who died suddenly on 7th May this year.  His loss devastated the whole community and whilst we celebrate the success of our students today we remember Niall and keep his loving family in our thoughts and prayers.  His parents and the school are so very proud that Niall achieved a double Distinction* in his sport studies and a Distinction* in his Engineering course.

We offer all our students every best wish for the future in continuing to aspire to achieve their hopes and dreams.

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