In another good year for the Sixth Form at St. Mary’s 100% of students left with at least one A- level. Amongst the highest achieving students were Amy Markland (Eng Lit – A, Pol – A, RS – A and Extended Project Qualification – A*) and Craig Richardson (Chem – A, Maths – A, Further Maths – A and Phy – A). A delighted Amy said, “I’m relieved that all the hard work has paid off, now for another three years of hard work at Lancaster University. St. Mary’s has given me some amazing memories that I will cherish forever. The amount of care that is taken for each person throughout their A-levels is a key part of St. Mary’s I’ll miss.” This conveyor belt of success has led to alumni like Sam Ashworth achieving a 1st class honours degree in chemistry this year and many students training to be doctors or recently qualifying.
Headteacher Designate, Mr Simon Eccles stated, "I am extremely pleased with the excellent A level results which are the fruits of the hard work of students and the commitment of our teaching staff to developing innovative lessons. Staff and students also benefitted from our move into new state of the art facilities all of which provides a platform for continued future success."
The success looks set for years to come with record AS-level results in the highly challenging A- levels Sciences. The combined pass rate for Biology, Chemistry & Physics was 90%, well above the national average in these subjects, with half of the grades the coveted top A and B grades. Amongst the students laying down the foundations for great success next year were Maria Mills, Grace Oldfield, Joe Walsh, Kirsty Wheelhouse and Angus Young who all achieved at least three grade As in the first year of their A-level studies. The students were fulsome in their praise, “The teaching staff are so supportive and went above and beyond to help me achieve these results ... Really, really amazing Sixth Form ... I’ve built lots of strong friendships and really enjoyed my time ... I’m very pleased with my results, so happy I decided to come to St. Mary’s.”
Eleanor Scott Rattray was one of a number of high flying students who decided to pursue a work based route post A-level, instead of university. Eleanor was in the top 1% of the thousands of students who applied for an apprenticeship with British Aerospace. She starts with BAE Systems Project Management Team shortly. Despite having an offer of a university place other St. Mary’s students decided to pursue their career choice directly through employment. Michale Riley will enter the Civil Service, Dom Brown Lancashire County Council and Greg Holden is pursuing his dream of becoming a Groundsman through additional studies at Myerscough College.
Mrs Liz Murray, Senior Head of Sixth Form, was clear how the success was achieved, “The sound support systems we have in place definitely ensure success for our students. This, with St. Mary's rich sense of community and pride in all of our students makes our Sixth Form unique.”
High kicking Janine Somico and Jess Colacurcio, stars of the College productions Joseph & His Technicolor Dreamcoat and Totally Over You, will be heading for the bright lights of the stage. Both have secured unconditional offers to study Dance & Performing Arts and intend to pursue their dreams.