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.

Our overall A Level pass rate was 99% in 2019 with more than a third of students (34%) achieving three or more A*, A or B grades.

More than a quarter (27%) of A Level passes were A*/A grades, and well over half (59%) were at the three highest A*, A or B grades, up from 57% last year and 52% in 2017.

Almost a third (30%) of all GCSE passes were at the highest A*-A / 9-7 grades in 2019 and almost a quarter (23%) of our GCSE candidates achieved seven or more A*-A / 9-7 grades.

Almost two thirds of students (62%) recorded ten or more GCSE passes, with many achieving 12 GCSEs, reflecting the broad and balanced curriculum at St. Mary's and the fact that we do not restrict the number of GCSE subjects students can take.

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.