Students and staff at St. Mary’s College are celebrating another excellent set of A Level results this summer, despite the widespread disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Building on the high standards of previous years candidates recorded a 100 per cent pass rate in the key examinations, with more than two thirds (70 per cent) achieving three or more A*, A or B grades.
More than half (55 per cent) of all grades were at the highest A* or A grades and 83 per cent of grades were at A*, A or B grade.
Top of the class at St. Mary’s this year was Ben Dickinson, who achieved A* passes in Chemistry, Physics and Further Mathematics plus an A in his Computer Science AS Level.
This is in addition to the A* he achieved in his Mathematics A Level which he took two years early back in 2018. Ben is off to Durham University, where he will be studying Mathematics.
Ben commented: “I am very proud of my results and I am thankful for the support I have had from my teachers at St. Mary’s throughout my seven years here. Although I will be sad to leave, I am looking forward to my time at university.”
Another high achiever was St. Mary’s Head Girl Georgina Duncan, who achieved A* passes in English Literature and Music plus an A in Physical Education. Georgina is going to study English Literature at St. Andrews University in Scotland.
Georgina commented: “Results day is an unnerving occasion in normal circumstances. Today was even more so with the future still very much unknown, which is why a few of us didn’t get much sleep last night.
“My state of mind can only be described as a maelstrom of emotions, but mainly, a sense of overwhelming relief.
“I have my teachers and family to thank for their unwavering support throughout these extraordinary times. I am very proud of all I have achieved throughout my time at St. Mary’s. It has been an experience I will never forget.”
Meanwhile, St. Mary's Head Boy and Football & Cricket Captain Charlie Allen achieved A*s in Geography and Biology plus an A in Chemistry to secure a place at Liverpool University to study Dentistry.
Other high-flyers include Ciara Merriman, Ryan Chiu, Anthony Morgan and Rahul Sahni. Ciara achieved A* passes in Biology and Chemistry plus an A in Music and will be studying Medicine at Liverpool University. Ryan achieved A*s in Chemistry, Mathematics and Further Mathematics and an A in Classics; Anthony Morgan achieved A*s in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics and Rahul Sahni achieved A*s in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics.
Commenting on this year’s A Level results St. Mary’s Principal, Mike Kennedy, said: “I am delighted to be able to announce such a pleasing set of results in what has been an exceptionally difficult year.
“I am also very proud of the pupils and staff who have worked incredibly hard to achieve these results despite the challenges they have faced, seeing formal examinations cancelled and having to adjust to remote learning from home during lockdown.
“I would like to pay tribute to all our A Level students who have made such a big contribution to life at St. Mary’s over recent years,” said Mr Kennedy.
“Naturally we are sorry to see them go, but we salute their achievements and wish them every success in the wide range of future education and career paths they have chosen.”