Delighted students picking up their results at St Mary's today. Pictured from left to right are: Alice Townsend, Monica Brownwood, Nathan Leahy and Molly Barnes
Sixth form students at St Mary’s produced an excellent performance in their A level results, continuing the trend of recent years. A Level results day saw a record breaking 99% pass rate. 70% of students achieved the highest grades of A*/A or Distinction*/Distinction in their results, with a quarter of the overall grades at A*/A/B. 100% of students achieved 2 A Levels or equivalent passes with a remarkable 98% of students achieving 3 A Level or equivalent passes.
There were many superb performances from students on the day. Molly Barnes (EPQ -A*, Government and politics – A, Gen Studies – A, Psychology – A, & RS – A) will study History and Politics at Edinburgh University; Nathan Leahy (Politics _ A, Computing – C, Eng Lit – B, Gen Studies – A*) will study English at York University; Monica Brownwood (EPQ – A, Chemistry – A, Physics – A, Maths – A*& Further Maths A) will study Sociology at Lancaster and Alice Townsend (EPQ – A, Chemistry – A, Physics – A, Maths – A* & Further Maths – A) who will be attending Manchester University to study Physics, were among the many happy students.
Students were quick to praise the Academy Sixth Form and staff: Monica said: “St Mary’s has been like my second family for the past seven years I have made so many amazing friends!” a delighted Alice added: “I can’t thank the teachers enough for all the help through the years,” Molly was also keen to praise the staff: “I can’t express how happy I am with my results and how thankful I am for all of the help my teachers have given me,” a delighted Nathan agreed “It has been a great seven years… my teaching staff have been incredibly supportive and have helped me on to the next chapter of my education.”
Head teacher Mr Simon Eccles was delighted for students at the Academy: “The achievements of our students are rewards for all of their hard work, I am immensely proud of their achievements. I would also like to pass on my thanks to the staff at St Mary’s who supported and prepared the students so well, through providing innovative, high quality lessons and in supporting students on their learning journey; I would also like to thank parents who have worked in partnership with us in supporting the students and the Academy over the years their children have attended. I wish our students every luck in their futures.”
Year 12 students were also celebrating today having laid foundations for future A Level success with another excellent set of AS results. 86% of students achieved a higher A-C or Distinction or Distinction *grades in their results with 18 subjects guiding students to higher A/B grades. The Academy is the only local provider to continue to allow all students to select four subjects at AS level and develop their choices into year 13.
Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Jennifer Burrough explained how success was achieved: “Our close family Sixth form offers a clear support system. Every student receives the targeted help they require. Our caring ethos and pride in all of our students is what makes our Sixth form unique.”
Enrolment for students from all Blackpool schools to St Mary’s remains open for applications and can be found through the Academy website at www.st-mary.blackpool.sch.uk