Year 11 students have once again produced a very pleasing performance in their GCSEs with 56% of students achieving 5 or more A*-Cs, including English & Mathematics. Approaching 60% of students achieved grades A*-C in English and Maths. This is one of the new performance measures for secondary schools, introduced for the first time this year.
An ecstatic group of 11 students opened their results to reveal 80 A* and A grades between them. The group, pictured above includes: Toby Ashton, Supriya Bijou, Joseph Bradley, Gemma Brown, Elane Flete, Sam Lovell, Jonathan McMullen, Arpitha Puthenpurayal, Aiden Ronson, Natasha Sieradaski and Jumael Zafar.
A delighted Natasha said, “I feel really happy with my results. I truly wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help and support of my teachers. I can’t wait to continue studying at St Mary’s Sixth Form as I know they can help me to achieve the best I can.” Elane added her thoughts, “It is such a relief to finally get my results after so much waiting. I am very happy with my results and am excited to start Sixth Form at St Mary’s in September.” “I feel amazed, I can’t thank the teachers and staff at St Mary’s enough for helping me achieve what I wanted to achieve” added Jonathan.
Another new performance measure for this year is Progress 8. This headline Progress 8 measure is based on how much progress students make in eight of their GCSEs from a starting point based on their Key Stage 2 results. Whilst it’s too early to calculate the exact outcome things are looking hugely encouraging. As Headteacher, Mr Simon Eccles explains, “Our students have exceeded the targets set by the Trust which required us to be in the top 25% of similar schools nationally. Whilst the year group were below national average on entering the school, through hard work and the fabulous support of our staff, overall the students have achieved at or above the national average. This is great news and a powerful message for all our current students.”
Mr Eccles was delighted to see students performing so well adding, “This is a very solid set of results and students should be proud of their achievements. I am particularly pleased with the strong English results alongside the good and improving results in Maths and Sciences. I would like to congratulate Year 11 on their achievements and the progress they have made over their time with us, we look forwards to welcoming many of them back in Year 12. I would also like to thank the staff for their excellent teaching and pastoral care and parents for their support over the last five years.”
Any Y11 student with 5+ A*-Cs including English & Maths, from either St Mary’s or any other local secondary schools, who would like to join our thriving Sixth Form can contact Mrs Murray (Senior Head of Sixth Form Learning House) on 01253 396286 or alternatively complete an online application on the Academy’s website.