Fourteen top performing students Aced it this year achieving 100 A* or A grades between them in their GCSE examinations. A number of the group consisting of: Ghassan Al-Idari, Ethan Ashton, Roxanne Elson, Katie Geddes, Chloe Gray, Sophie Hamilton-Walker, Luke Lavery, Jan Mieszczak, Elena Pennington, Scarlett Rhodes, Charlie Rogers-Smith, Niamh Ronson, Emma Scanlan and Emily Watters are pictured shortly after receiving their top results.
Jan echoed the thoughts of many, “I’m pleased with my results which were a payoff for my hard work. I had a great time at St. Mary’s. I think that the atmosphere in the school is amazing”. The students already have ideas of where to in the future – studying medicine, degrees in sciences and languages plus outward bound instructor all appeared as aspirations.
Results were slightly down compared to last year with half of students achieving the 5+A*-CEM benchmark. The “volatility” warned about by the Examination Regulator has been apparent. Stephen Tierney, Executive Headteacher commented, “My congratulations go to all the students who have produced so many top grades. This year group of students have worked with us through the last four years of the building programme. I hope they are pleased with their results, wish them well for the future and thank them for their efforts. It’s difficult to know exactly how to feel this year. There has been huge turbulence nationally and substantial changes to the way examinations have been sat by students. With further changes to what’s included in performance measures it’s difficult to compare with previous years. ”
There are great times ahead for the College. It will become St. Mary’s Catholic Academy on the 1st September 2014. It is one of the academies in the newly formed Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi Academy Trust. The building work is now completed with the final act, the handover of Christ the King, occurring during the summer holidays.
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 please contact Mrs Murray (Head of Sixth Form) on 01253 396286 as soon as possible to discuss your future.