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.

94% of our GCSE candidates achieved at least five A*-C grades (incl. English and Maths) in 2016, up from 90% the previous year, and almost half of all GCSE passes were A*/A grades.

Because our pupils study more GCSE subjects than most of the local schools and achieve excellent results, our total uncapped average points score per pupil (A* = 58, A = 52, B = 42 etc) is one of the highest in Sefton. 

The high proportion of GCSE candidates achieving multiple passes at A* or A grade, with a fifth of them achieving ten or more in 2016, demonstrates the real academic strength in depth here at St. Mary’s.

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.