Students at Saint Gregory’s were elated this morning as they opened their outstanding GCSE results: 84% of grades were graded 9 – 4 (A*-C equivalent), with over a third of all results achieving the highest possible grades of 9-7 (A*-A equivalent).

Within these overall outstanding results were a number of remarkable individual accomplishments. Keren L was over the moon to receive her results of 11 GCSEs with 9 at grade 9 and 2 at grade 8. Emily B and Ben S secured 11 and 10 GCSEs respectively, all at the top grades 9-7. Lakeeshan S achieved 10 GCSEs, all grades 9-7; he will continue his academic journey through sixth form with the ambition of studying engineering at university. Thomas M and Treesa R both also secured 10 GCSEs, the majority at grades 8 and 9.

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Ms Ann Cusack, Headmistress, was thrilled, saying: ‘It is always difficult being the first cohort to undertake new exams and under a new grading structure but for the students of Saint Gregory’s to not only rise to the challenge of tougher exams, but also earn grades at this outstanding level is an exceptional achievement. Our students have once again excelled and improved on our results from last year despite the national outlook, which predicted dramatically lower levels of GCSE attainment as a result of a higher degree of challenge and rigour.”

“I am hugely grateful for the commitment, knowledge and hard work our staff have put into making the change to reformed GCSEs so successful. The last two years have seen unprecedented pace of change across the public examination system and these superb results are testament to our staff’s expertise and unfailing dedication.”

Core curriculum subjects were amongst the highest achieving with students excelling in both mathematics and English, despite involving more demanding content and elimination of coursework. 87% of all mathematics entries were awarded grade 9-4 (A*-C equivalent) with over a third at the highly coveted 9-7 (A*-A equivalent). English students faired equally impressively with 83% of all grades at 9-4 (A*-C equivalent) with 34% achieving the top results 7-9 (A*-A equivalent).

In an era of severely compressed curriculum offerings across most schools, Saint Gregory’s continue to buck this trend achieving particularly outstanding results, once again, across the performing and creative arts. An impressive 89% of students achieved 9-4 (A*-C equivalent) across the broad spectrum of subjects offered. Continued investment and development of the arts at Saint Gregory’s creates a diverse, lively and culturally rich curriculum for young people that is highly valued by students and parents alike.

Saint Gregory’s strongly advocates a safe and inclusive environment for learning where students feel valued as individuals, inspired to extend, challenge and equip themselves to achieve new goals and develop a life-long love of learning so that their school experience is not a two-dimensional exam factory. The 2018 GCSE and A level results demonstrate unequivocally that it is possible to both secure the highest levels of attainment whilst also retaining an environment that ensures students grow into well-rounded, reflective, caring and thoughtful young people.

Saint Gregory’s will be hosting a number of information events for prospective families in the autumn term. The School Information Evening is Thursday 20 September from 6.30pm, followed by an Open Morning on Tuesday 9 October from 9.15am – 10.45am. The Sixth Form Information Evening will be held on Thursday 25 October 2018 from 6.30pm for 2019 applicants. For further information, please contact the school on 01225 832873.