Academic Excellence


At St. Mary's College, academic excellence comes as standard.

As one of the North West's leading academic schools, our public examination results are consistently amongst the best in the area, both at GCSE and A Level.

We are proud of the high percentage of passes our students achieve at the top grades, and also of the rigour and breadth of our curriculum.

Almost half (48%) of all GCSE passes were at the highest A*/A/7-9 grades in 2017 and a fifth of our GCSE candidates achieved 10 or more A*/A/7-9 grades.

Our overall 'Attainment 8' score of 56.5 is ahead of all other schools in Sefton, which is further evidence of the outstanding breadth and quality of our curriculum and academic achievement.

Our overall A Level pass rate was 99% in 2017 and 52% of A Level passes were A*-B grades.

St. Mary's has a great track record in improving students' performance. We are regularly in the top 5% nationally for 'value added', a measure of quality reflecting the extent to which the educational experience enhances pupils' knowledge, abilities, skills and performance at public examinations beyond predicted levels.

Our pupils regularly outperform their grade predictions, sometimes by as much as 3 grades, i.e. C predicted, A* achieved.

St. Mary's College has been honoured as an Associate School by the Royal Society in recognition of the high quality of science teaching at St. Mary's over many years and each year science pupils apply for, and are successful in gaining Nuffield Bursaries.

The vast majority of our students achieve their first choice of university course and many gain entry into Russell Group universities.