We are celebrating another excellent set of GCSE results at St. Mary's.
This is the second year of the country’s new 9-1, highest-to-lowest grading system, now covering a much-expanded range of subjects.
In this summer’s exams, 12 per cent of St. Mary’s candidates achieved ten or more A*-A / 9-7 grades, and more than a quarter (27 per cent) achieved seven or more passes at these levels.
Overall, well over a third (36 per cent) of all the GCSE passes at St. Mary’s this year were at the highest grades and 91% of grades were at grade 4 (C) or above.
In terms of individual performances, Rahul Sahni from Bootle was top of the class with A*-A / 9-7 grades in all 12 of his GCSE subjects, including six 9 grades.
This is a remarkable achievement in many ways, not least the fact that Rahul has had to battle cancer during his time at St. Mary’s.
Rahul commented: “I was quite shocked when I opened my results and saw that I got top grades in all of my subjects. I’m really proud and pleased that all my hard work has paid off.
“I’ve had a great time at St. Mary’s, and am looking forward to staying on in the Sixth Form to study Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics.”
Meanwhile, Ben Dickinson from Southport achieved an A* with distinction (a so-called ‘super grade’) in Further Mathematics as part of his 12 GCSE passes.
This follows hot on the heels of the A* he achieved last week in his Mathematics A Level which he took two years early.
Rahul and Ben, along with Alexa Campbell, Ryan Chiu and Christina Woods, were the top quintet of candidates at St. Mary’s this summer, achieving a total of 60 GCSE passes between them, 57 of them at the highest A*-A / 9-7 grades.
St. Mary’s College Principal, Mike Kennedy, commented: “I am very pleased with these results which reflect the hard work and commitment of our pupils, and the support they have received from staff and their families, throughout their time at the school.
“The high standards they have achieved are excellent foundations on which to build further academic success, and they can now progress to their choice of A-level subjects with confidence.
“In the meantime, all our students and their parents should be very proud of what has been achieved in these important examinations, and rightly I am sure they will be celebrating their many successes over the next few days.”
The new GCSE grading structure - in which a grade 9 pass is higher than the former A* - is being phased in over a number of years.
It began last year with English (Language and Literature) and Mathematics. Another 20 subjects have been added this summer, with most others following in 2019. During the transition period, students are receiving a mix of the old and new grades.