We are celebrating another excellent set of A Level results this year.
Candidates recorded a 99 per cent pass rate in the key examinations this summer - up from 98 per cent in 2016 - with more than a third of students (34 per cent) achieving three or more A*, A or B grades.
In total more than half of all passes (52 per cent) were at the highest A*, A or B grades.
Top of the class at St. Mary’s this summer were straight A* students Nathan Kehoe from Netherton (Biology, Chemistry and Religious Studies), and Oliver McDonald from Hightown (Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics).
Their success reflects a strong performance by the St. Mary’s boys in this year’s examinations.
And while many students will pursue traditional career paths like medicine and the law in the future, some have decided on different ways forward.
For example. Sophie Clarke from Waterloo (Maria in the school’s recent production of West Side Story) is heading to the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.
Sophie, who achieved four A Level passes including A* grades in Music and Classics, said: “I have absolutely loved it at St. Mary’s. The emphasis on music has been great, and I have had fantastic opportunities to perform in concerts, musicals and drama productions.
“I’m delighted to be able to continue my studies in this field and hope to be playing lead roles in the West End one day.”
Meanwhile Daniel Frampton, who achieved three A Level passes, is set to join the Royal Marines on an officer training course at its Commando Training Centre in Devon.
Daniel commented: “I wouldn’t be the person I am, or pursing this career path, if it wasn’t for the Combined Cadet Force at St. Mary’s. The challenge and the responsibility have been invaluable, and I can’t wait to start my Royal Marines training.”
Commenting on this year’s exams St. Mary’s Principal, Mike Kennedy, said: “These are very pleasing results which reflect the hard work and commitment of our students and staff - and the support they have received from parents - throughout their time at the school.
“It’s particularly encouraging that many students did better than their predicted grades, proof of the excellent progress young people make at St. Mary’s.
“The results also reinforce the ‘excellent academic achievement and progress’ assessment we received from the Independent Schools Inspectorate earlier this year.”
Mr Kennedy added: “All these young people have made a big contribution to life at St. Mary’s in recent years.
“We are sorry to see them go, but wish them every success in the wide range of future education and career paths they have chosen.”