GCSE success for Year 11 once again

GCSE Students

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.

GCSE Results Day: 25th August 2016

This years GCSE results will be distributed on Thursday 25th August.  

Students can collect their results from 9:00am from their Learning House.  Forms E&T in 0SP4, Forms F&M in 0HU4, Forms B&S in 0MI4, Forms R&C in 0CO4, Forms L&H and Progress in the Drama Hall.

Staff will be on hand for appropriate discussion and direction, and sixth form staff will be conducting internal interviews in the canteen.

Please note the academy will close at 12:00pm.

Our sixth form enjoyed massively successful results again this year (see article on homepage) with student destinations including Cambridge to read natural sciences, Hull to read medicine, a range of other University courses over the UK and other students securing apprenticeships, including British Aerospace and the Civil Service.

With 30 courses, we offer a range of traditional and vocational A levels, plus BTEC and Cambridge National Level 3 courses (coursework based).

We hope to enrol and welcome many students into our Sixth Form.  (Our entry criteria is to achieve 5 GCSE results at A* - C including English and Maths)

St Mary’s students star in their A Levels once again.

Sixth Form Students at St Mary’s Catholic Academy Sixth Form were once again beaming broadly.  A Level results day brought a record equalling 98% pass rate for A Level students with 63% of students achieving  the highest grades of A*/A or Distinction*/Distinction in their results, and over a fifth, 22% of the overall grades at A*/A.  100% of students achieved 2 A Levels or equivalent passes with a remarkable 96% of students achieving 3 A Level or equivalent passes.

A group of eight high flying students achieved 30 A*/A grades between them . Jan Mieszczak (Chemistry - A, Physics – A, Maths – A*, Further Maths – A*, EPQ – A*, Polish – A) will attend Christ College, Cambridge to study physical and natural sciences, Luke Lavery (Politics - A, Biology – A, Chemistry – A, Maths – A) will attend UCL to study law, Charlie Rogers – Smith (Maths - A*, Further Maths – A*, EPQ – A, Physics – A, Chemistry – A) will attend St Andrews to study Maths, Ghassan Al-Idari (Biology - A, Chemistry – A, Maths – A, Politics – B) is going to study medicine at the University of Hull, Niamh Ronson – Spanish A*, English Lit – A, RS – A, EPQ – A*) will study modern languages and business at Newcastle University, Katie Geddes (English Lit – A, Politics – B, RS – A, Gen Studs – A*, EPQ – A*) will study English Literature at Lancaster University, Sam Green (Business – Distinction*, ICT – Distinction *, PE – Distinction*) will study Business Studies at Liverpool or an apprenticeship with the civil service, Rory  Anderson (Business – Distinction*, Politics – B, English Lit – A, is taking a year out before attending university.

Students were keen to pass on their thanks to St Mary’s staff and to praise the Sixth Form at the Academy. Jan said, “I feel positively shocked and very pleased with the results which are the yield of all the hard work throughout the years. I chose St Mary’s because of the sense of community and the great level of support I received throughout High School.” Katie added “I couldn’t have imagined going anywhere else. St Mary’s is really friendly, inclusive and the one to one support is great.” A delighted Charlie echoed these thoughts, “I chose St Mary’s because of the easy transition from GCSE, because of the great teachers and because they really care.” Niamh added, “I am over the moon, St Mary’s is a close community atmosphere with friendly and supportive staff.”

Head teacher Mr Simon Eccles was incredibly pleased for the Academy’s students stating: “I am extremely proud of the achievements of our Sixth Form students who have worked so hard to prepare for their examinations and are seeing the fruits of their labours today with an excellent set of results. I would like to thank the staff at St Mary’s who supported the students every step of the way, whether through providing innovative, high quality lessons or in supporting students on their learning journey; I would also like to thank parents who have helped and supported the students and the Academy over the years their children have attended. I wish our students every luck in their chose courses and careers.”

Year 12 students were also celebrating today having laid foundations for future A Level success with another excellent set of results. 72% of students achieved a higher A-C grade in their results with 18 subjects guiding students to higher A/B grades.

Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Jennifer Burrough explained how success was achieved: “St Mary’s Sixth Form is a close family where our clear support system ensures students receive the targeted help they require. Our Catholic caring ethos and pride in all of our students is what makes our Sixth form unique.”


Sixth Form Results Day: 18th August 2016

This years AS and A2 results will be distributed on Thursday 18th August.  

A2 results will be available from 8:00am in the Maths & ICT Learning House (Red) Grab & Go area. 

AS results will be availble from 9:30am also in the Maths & ICT Learning House Grab & Go area.  

Staff will be on hand for appropriate discussion and direction and computer facilities will be available for students.

Please note the academy will close at 12:00pm.