Students, parents and staff at St Mary’s Catholic High School are celebrating achieving excellent results in their GCSEs. This is the first time that students have sat the newly reformed GCSEs in Mathematic and English which are graded 9-1 rather than the traditional A*-G. The new exams are significantly more challenging; controlled Assessment has been removed and there is more content with greater rigour. The students have taken all of this in their stride and today marks the culmination of 5 year’s hard work before taking the next steps in their life.
Today’s story is that of individuals who have worked so hard to achieve outstanding results. Amongst the highest achieving students were Kristian Wade who achieved the elusive grade 9s in each of Mathematics, English Language and English Literature and 6 other A*s and Aimee Woodall who achieved grade 9s in English Language and Literature plus 7 other A* grades.
These students are joined by Eleanor Crook; Victoria Dillon; Jack Hamer; Nieve Kavanagh; Mitchell Lever; Heather O’Donnell; Tess Pearson; Katie Proctor; Josie Rawson; Matthew Winnard-Sivill who achieved at least 10A*/A grades.
It has to be remembered that each set of results is a story of individual endeavour with some students overcoming significant personal tragedy. In late May, in the middle of the exam series Caitlin Burke’s mum lost her long fought battle with cancer yet Caitlin attended school every day, sat her exams and has achieved 9A*-C including A grades in RE and Music.
As well as being a day of joy and hope for our young people looking forward it is also a day of poignancy; we remember our friend and Year 11 student Caitlin Bradbury who sadly passed away on 26th April this year. Caitlin and her loving family will be remembered in all our thoughts and prayers today.