There was widespread elation among young Catholics last Thursday as pupils across the country received their GCSE results.
At St Ambrose College, Cheshire, star student Henry Bentham achieved a perfect 10 in his GCSEs. The 16-year-old from Dunham Massey, Cheshire, gained A*s in all 10 GCSEs and will now study Further Maths, Economics, French and English at the Hale Barns Catholic Grammar School. A Grade 6 trumpet player, Henry was modest about his achievement.
“I am very happy with my results and delighted the work paid off,” he said.
The GCSE results at Coloma Convent Girls’ School, in Croydon, south London, have once again confirmed the school’s position as one of the top comprehensive schools in the country. In spite of a non-academically selective intake, over 90 per cent of pupils gained the challenging Government target of five grades A* to C, including in English and Maths. Overall, 19 per cent of grades were A* with 49.3 per cent being As or A*s, 78.4 per cent A*, As or Bs and 91.8 per cent A* to C.
Maureen Martin, headteacher at Coloma Convent Girls’ School, said: “We are delighted for our girls.”
Students at Blessed William Howard Stafford, Staffordshire have equalled the best results that the school has ever produced. Sixty-one per cent attained 5A*-C including English and mathematics and 75 per cent achieved 5A*-C in all subjects.
Farnborough Hill School in Farnborough, Hampshire, went from from strength to strength. Girls, parents and teachers were jumping with joy when they realised how well the girls had done in their exams. Last year’s record year was matched by a fantastic 90 per cent of all the results at A* to B, but this year saw a 12 per cent leap in the A* figure, with 38 per cent of all the results being at this grade. A phenomenal 72 per cent of all the results were at the top two grades of A* and A.
At New Hall School in Chelmsford, Essex, the top three performers celebrated 33 A*s and one A between them. They include two boys from the first-ever cohort of boys to be admitted to New Hall School following the school’s 369-year tradition of educating girls.
At Ratcliffe College in Leicester, students and staff celebrated the college’s best-ever set of GCSE results. Pupils achieved 56 per cent of grades at A* and A grades and 82 per cent of grades at grade B or higher.
Headmaster Gareth Lloyd said: “This year’s GCSE results represent a superb all-round performance by Ratcliffe students. The most able girls and boys achieved the highest grades across the board. Yet there were exceptional results from all students, and very nearly all achieved at least a grade B in all of their examinations. This reflects excellently on the students, and of course their teachers, and bodes very well for the future.”