Hot on the heels of a very positive Estyn inspection this year and excellent Sixth Form results last week, Year 11 pupils at Bishop Vaughan Catholic School were celebrating today, having achieved the highest number of A* to A grades since 2011!
Some of those enjoying the fruits of their hard work included Ethan Fage, Ben McCarthy, Alwin Saji, Will Collins and Kristyn Thomas, who achieved 52 A* grades, one A, two Bs and Distinctions in Additional Mathematics between them.
An elated Peter Crudge upon gaining 7 A* and 5 A grades stated: “Bishop Vaughan has helped me right from the moment I joined the school. The school has offered me many opportunities both academically and pastorally. It’s been an amazing five years and I’m proud to say that I’ve been a student here”. Benjamin McCarthy gaining thirteen A* grades and one Distinction added: “Teachers adapt to all abilities and were able to push me to get these great results. The atmosphere helps all students; the Catholic ethos making everyone welcome and drives them. This has been like my second family for five years and there is two more to come as I pursue my studies in sixth form. Long may it continue.”
Sebastian Lewis attributed his success to “hard work, good teaching, good friendships and a family that are ambitious for you” and Arun Sibi agreed, stating “I am very happy with my results as I did well in the subjects that I plan to study at A level. I believe the atmosphere in Bishop Vaughan is optimal for achievement.” Kaitlyn Millis is celebrating being able to pursue her ambition of Veterinary Medicine, and today said that “The school has been amazing in helping me achieve my grades and the teachers have helped me every step of the way.”
Pupils across the year group are enjoying similar success, with the percentage of grades at A* to C reported today standing at a three year high. For the second year running, and despite significant changes to examinations at this level, the Level 2 inclusive measure has also risen.
Acting Headteacher Emma Pole commented “We are delighted with the qualifications gained by our pupils this year, these enabling them to pursue a wide range of educational and career opportunities. We congratulate each and every one of them. These outcomes are reflective of the sustained hard work, dedication and positive working relationships of the governors, staff and students.”
Chair of Governors, Mr Steve Avo, added “Bishop Vaughan Catholic School continues to move from strength to strength. We are a very good school with a strong reputation and we are delighted with the progress made. Most of our Year 11 pupils will go on to study in our successful and inclusive sixth form – currently the second largest in the city and offering a wide range of academic and vocational courses. I wish all of our students success in their next steps.”