Congratulations to all of our Year 11 students who were celebrating today as they picked up their fantastic GCSE results. Despite the increased rigour of the newly reformed GCSEs, the students performed superbly well and we are so proud of them all.
St Mary’s students took GCSE exams in 20 of the recently changed, more challenging GCSE subjects and over 80% of all entries were graded 9-4, compared to a national average of around 67%. Over 30% of all entries were 9-7, the old A*-A, compared to the national average of 20%. Students’ achievements were excellent across all subject areas.
Achievement was also very strong in the vocational GCSEs. 37% of the 41 entries were Distinctions or starred Distinctions, 56% Merits or better and there was a 100% pass rate. Well done to everyone!
Remarkably, 132 grades or 8% of all exam entries were 9s, compared to a national figure of 4.5%. This grade 9, introduced from last year, is the equivalent to the high end of the old A* grade.
The headline measure of English and Maths attainment was also outstanding with 80% of our Year 11 students achieving grades of 9-4 and 65% achieving grades of 9-5 in both Maths and English. These figures are also significantly higher than the national averages.
All of the results reflect the hard work and dedication of all of our students, as well as the outstanding teaching and support that students received from our exceptional staff. Thanks also go to all parents and carers for their support for their children and the school.
We look forward to welcoming back our GCSE students into the Sixth Form in September and for those moving on to college or elsewhere, best of luck and keep in touch!