Staff at St Mary’s Catholic College, Wallasey, welcomed back Year 11 students to collect their GCSE and BTEC results.
Students and staff were equally excited to see the results and to share in the planning of the next part of the students’ academic journey in St Mary’s Sixth Form College.
St Mary’s results were overall in line with expectations and there were some fantastic success stories.
These were particularly impressive given that, for the first time in two years, this Year 11 cohort sat a full suite of exam papers, rather than teacher assessed grades, after COVID-19 restrictions were lifted earlier in the year.
Headteacher, Mr Kevin Maddocks, said “The last two years have been difficult for all children across the country and the resilience our Year 11s have shown in diligently attending after school revision sessions and Saturday School has been remarkable.
“Our pupils are inspiring and talented young people, and we couldn’t be prouder of them. It’s been great to see them today and we can’t wait to work with them in St Mary’s Sixth Form College”.
Jean Torpey-Aldag, who is staying on at St Mary’s to study A-levels next year, achieved grade 9s in English literature and art, grade 8s in science, French and RE and grade 7s in history, maths and product design.
Jonathan Marlowe achieved another impressive set of results, including a grade 9 in English literature, a distinction* in music, a distinction in business, grade 8s in English language, geography and RE.
Jonathan will be joining St Mary’s Sixth Form College to study A-levels in September.
Lucia Moor achieved a a distinction* in music, distinction in dance, grade 8s in science, geography and RE, grade 7s in English language and English literature and a grade 6 in maths.
Lucia has also chosen to stay on at St Mary’s Sixth Form College for the next part of her journey.
Sophie Dreelan achieved a distinction* in hospitality, distinction in health and social care and childcare, grade 7 in RE, grade 6 in history, grade 5 in English language, English literature and maths.
Sophie has decided to continue her studies at St Mary’s and will be heading into Year 12 in September.
Lauren Geargeas, who will also become a St Mary’s Sixth Form student, has received a grade 9 in English language, a distinction* in business studies, grade 8s in biology, history, physics and RE, and grade 7s in chemistry, English literature and maths.
Other successes include Cole McFarlane and Jenna Pulford who both achieved a great set of GCSE results.
Jenna achieved a grade 8 in art, a distinction in business studies, grade 6s in English language and English literature, history, RE and maths and a grade 5 in French.
Cole’s grades included distinction*s in both ICT and sport, grade 6s in geography and RE and grade 5s in science, maths and English literature.
Lauren Smith achieved a grade 9 in geography, grade 8s in RE and English literature, grade 7s in biology, chemistry, English language, physics and maths. Lauren also achieved a distinction* in sport.
She is returning to St Mary’s Sixth form in September.
St Mary’s Catholic College is part of the Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust alongside St John Plessington Catholic College in Bebington, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Birkenhead, Our Lady of Pity Catholic Primary School in Greasby and St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School in Ellesmere Port.