On Thursday 18th August, our Sixth Form pupils here at Bishop Vaughan were celebrating outstanding Sixth Form results! Despite this being the first full exams series year for them due to the disruptions caused by the pandemic, the pupils not only achieved the highest results ever seen in an exam year, but even surpassed last year’s A*-C rate, which was based on internally-assessed work.
Nearly 50% of all grades awarded were A or A* grades, reflecting the exceptionally hard work of the students, who were determined to fulfil their potential. Four of the pupils are headed towards Oxford and Cambridge, namely Aoife Maddock, Ashwin Sibi, Ceiara Caparas and Sam McCarthy.
Ceiara, who gained three A* grades and who will read Psychology and Behavioural Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge, stated: “I am so relieved and happy that all of the hard work has paid off. I couldn’t have done it without the teachers’ support.”
Aoife, pictured, will be taking up a place to study English at Downing College, Cambridge, her hard work and talent having secured her excellent grades across the range of her subjects. She expressed her thanks to those in the school who had helped in realising the ambition of studying at Cambridge.
A delighted Sam McCarthy, whose four A* grades earned him a place to read Theology at Regent's Park College, Oxford, said: “I’m just thrilled – so happy! And so grateful to the teachers here at Bishop Vaughan!”
Also heading for Oxford is Ashwin Sibi, who will read Law at New College. Upon receiving three A* grades and an A, Ashwin said upon receiving his results: “It’s just amazing to have the opportunity to go to Oxford University and I’m thankful to everyone at Bishop Vaughan – staff and students – who have helped me to fulfil my potential like this!”
Ashwin, Ceiara and Sam, who between them gained ten A* grades and an A grade:
Pupils from the Sixth Form will now be taking up degree courses across the country ranging from Neuroscience and Aerospace Engineering to Classical Civilisation, Philosophy, Biomedical Science, Healthcare and Architecture.
Headteacher Emma Pole commented: “We are so proud of each and every one of our students, all of whom have had to work in the face of quite unprecedented challenges and yet they have truly excelled. The qualifications that they have gained are richly deserved; they enable them to pursue a wide range of opportunities and to fulfil their ambitions. The outcomes are also a testament to the sustained hard work, dedication and positive working relationships of the governors, staff and students.” She added “We congratulate each and every one of our pupils and we wish them every happiness and success in the future. It has been a privilege to support them on their paths.”
Chair of Governors, Councillor Sam Pritchard, stated, “It has been wonderful to see the fruits of our students’ work in the results that they received today. They are going to make such valued contributions in their chosen fields, from medicine to education, law, sciences the arts and more. All of the Governing Body wish them well and join me in congratulating them.”
Senedd Member Mike Hedges, who visited the school, was delighted to congratulate the students in person, and commented that these are “life changing moments that the students won’t forget,” congratulating the school also on the sustained high Sixth Form results which “continue to go from strength to strength.”
Students who received results this morning are pictured below:
Nirmal De Britto (Nirmal, above left in the photo, gained four A* grades) and Isaac Williams gained seven A* grades between them!
Sam Harvey was delighted to gain three A grades.
Bevan Dias will study Computer Science at Bristol next year, having gained A* and three A grades.
Hannah Thomas will take up a place to study Psychology at Southampton University.
Cauley Glover will study Economics in the University of Bath.
Further news of individual successes will be published over the coming weeks on the school’s social media accounts!