2018 A Level Results

Posted on 16 Aug 2018

Students and staff are celebrating another excellent set of A Level results this summer.

Candidates recorded a 98 per cent pass rate in the key examinations this year, with more than a third of students (38 per cent) achieving three or more A*, A or B grades.

In total more than a quarter of all passes (26 per cent) were A* or A grades, and well over half (58 per cent) were at the three highest A*, A or B grades, a significant rise from 52 per cent in 2017.

Overall St. Mary’s recorded an excellent value-added performance, with many students exceeding their predicted grades, demonstrating once again the significant progress that pupils make at the school.

Top of the class at the College this year was Sam Bennett from Aughton with four A* and A passes in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry.


There were also excellent results for Head Girl Sophie James from Blundellsands, with four passes including As in Biology, Chemistry and Maths.

Sophie will go on to study Medicine at Bristol University and so continue a proud family tradition. Her mother is a consultant in the NHS, and her two older sisters Eleanor and Bethan also went on to study Medicine after finishing at St. Mary’s.

Other straight A students include Georgia Lysaght from Crosby who is going on to study History at Lancaster University, and Lily McGuire from Southport who is planning to study PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) at Exeter University.

Meanwhile St. Mary’s great strength in music has been highlighted again by several students who plan to study the subject at a higher level after achieving A grade passes, including Carla Mendoza from Crosby who is going to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to study the viola.


Commenting on this year’s exam results St. Mary’s College Principal, Mike Kennedy, said: “I am delighted with these results which are a testament both to the hard work of our pupils, and the support they have received from staff and parents, throughout their time at the school.

“The number of passes at the highest grades is also very pleasing, reinforcing the ‘excellent academic achievement and progress’ assessment we received from the Independent Schools Inspectorate last year.

“All these young people have made a big contribution to life at St. Mary’s over the years and naturally we are very sad to see them go,” added Mr Kennedy. 

“However, as they leave us we know they will be a credit to themselves, their families and the school in whatever they do in the future, and we wish them every success.”