The whole community of St. Mary’s Catholic High School is celebrating an outstanding set of A Level and vocational results.  Over the last 3 years there has been an overhaul of the examinination system; every qualification has been changed and all vocational qualifications now include a stringent examination unit which must be passed to be awarded the overall qualification.    Our students and teachers have responded to this challenge and  once again have made huge strides toward achieving the highest grades with 1 in 4 grades being awarded as A*/A or their equivalent and over 97% achieving A*-E or the equivalent.

Key stage 5 (16-18) information

The latest performance data can be found on the gov.uk website, using the link below


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 say so much about our young people and they are a reflection of their innate ability, hard work and determination.  We all know 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.”

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 and these include

Kerry Hounslea has achieved English A, Music Distinction*, Media Distinction and is going on to Liverpool University studying English and Music.

Rowan Jarvis has achieved P.E. B, Distinction in Applied Science and a Distinction* in Business Studies. Rowan is considering a number of pathways at the moment including studying politics at Leeds.

Leah Keenan has achieved a Distinction*/Distinction in Double Health & Social Care and a Distinction in Media Studies. Leah is to progress to Salford University studying Children’s Nursing.

Joseph Nugent has achieved Mathematics A*, Physics A and Biology A. He will go onto study Natural Sciences at Durham University.

Elisabeth Nutter has achieved Biology A*, Chemistry A, Maths A and has secured a place at York University reading Natural Sciences.

Rachael O’Brien has achieved Biology A*, Chemistry A*, Maths A* and will go on to Manchester University to study Medicine.

Eva Patrick has been awarded Business Studies A*, Psychology A* and Mathematics A. Eva has secured an accountancy apprenticeship with the prestigious company Deloitte.

Ame Saidy plans to apply for medicine in 2019 after achieving Biology A, Chemistry A and Psychology A*.

Samantha White has achieved a Distinction*/Distinction in Double Health & Social Care and a Distinction in Business Studies. Sammy has secured a place at Nottingham Trent University to study Primary Teaching.

Megan Williams has been awarded Biology A*, Psychology A* and History B.  Megan has secured a place at Leeds University to read History.

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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