Exam results 2016

Catholic High School Students look forward to life at University

Students at The Catholic High School, Chester picked up their A level results today with record numbers securing their A level grades and their university places.  Over 100 university applications were made and the overwhelming majority will be packing their bags to travel to their first choice university.

Five students were awarded straight A*s, the highest possible grades.  Clare Tierney, who has already had work published, will go to Oxford University to study French and Portugese, while both Eleanor Edwards and Poppy Jeffery will go to Edinburgh.  Head student Eleanor will study medicine, while Poppy will read Philosophy.  Daniel Vickers will take his three A* grades to Durham to study Mathematics, while Marcus O’Neill will take his to Imperial College for his degree in Mathematics.

Head of Sixth Form, and proud mother, Anne Vickers said ‘Look out Durham’ as four students secured places at the prestigious university.  As well as Daniel Vickers, Louise Beltrami (A*, A*, A) will study Law, while Martha Goring and Rachael Griffiths both scored A*, A, A with both moving on to read English Literature. 

Lucy Bird was awarded three A grades and will take her Chemistry degree in Bristol.  Martha, Rachael and Lucy all took their GCSEs at St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican School in Wrexham before transferring to The Catholic High School in Chester to take their A levels.

Other notable achievements include Francesca Noro (A*, A, A – Veterinary Science at Edinburgh), Marcus Miotti (A*, A, B – Law at Cardiff University), Sean Maddocks (A, A, B – Chemical Engineering at Newcastle), Joe Halliwell-Dykes (A, A, B – Mathematics at Nottingham University) ,George Rathbone (A, A, B – Law at Leeds University) and Jennifer Worden (A,A, B) who will go to UEA to pursue International Development.  Geraldine O’Brien, who hopes to study Medicine, also secured A, A, B grades.

Maisie McMahon, who shared the Head Student role with Eleanor Edwards, will be taking her triple starred Distinction in performing arts, along with her A levels (A, B), to Chichester to follow her dreams as she studies Music and Musical Theatre.  Maisie has taken a number of lead roles in and out of school over the last three years.

Headteacher John Murray said ‘I am delighted for the students, and delighted that so many have been so successful.  We had our largest ever year group taking A levels this summer, and more university applications than ever before.  The students, their families, their teachers and our governors can all be very proud of what they have achieved.’

Anne Vickers, who took over the role of Head of Sixth Form in September, was delighted. ‘It is a privilege to work with such a talented group of young people.  They have worked so hard to achieve these results, and they are leaving us determined to make the world a better place.  I am so proud of their commitment and determination.’

This summer 118 students took their A levels at the school, with an overall pass rate of 99%.  The proportion of entries scoring A*-C grades was 79%. 



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Year 11 get their reward

It has been another fantastic summer at The Catholic High School, Chester.  Following on from the tremendous A level results last week, the GCSEs are proving to be every bit as good.  With over 63% of the students who took examinations this summer securing 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Maths, staff and governors were delighted.

The school was the first in Cheshire West and Chester to ‘opt in’ to the new Progress 8 measurement last year.  This year all high schools will be compared using Progress 8, which means that parents can see how much progress the students make from the start of their time at high school, through to the end of the GCSEs.

Headteacher John Murray explained ‘We had a very good positive score last year, and expect to beat that this year.  The final calculation won’t be available until later in the year, but we are confident that this year group has made even better progress than last year’s record breakers.’

The top students this year were Hannah Bissell (10A* grades) and Ciara Sinclair (10A* grades).  The close friends were delighted with their achievements, and Ciara was even more pleased when she found her Further Mathematics grade was graded even higher at a starred distinction. There was another starred distinction for Charlotte Charlton, who secured 8A*s and 2As.

There were 9A*s for Megan Jenkins and Joshua Jones, while Jess Baddeley, Anya Walton and Guy Whale each picked up 8A*s.  Other students with notable results included Ben Chaddock (7A*, 4A), Emily Pickering (6A*, 3A, 1B), Trishna Mistry (6A*, 4A, 1B) and David Chesters (6A*, 4A).  There were three A*s each for Ruairi Boyle (3A*, 8A), Jonathan Cook (3A*, 5A, 2B, 1C) and Rebecca Rees (3A*, 3A, 4B), while Eleanor Matheson (2A*, 3A, 2B, 3C), Amy Shone (2A*, 3A, 4C), Christian Fox (2A*, 5A, 2B) and Georgia Price (2A*, 6A, 2B) each picked up 2A*s, along with their other grades.

More students than ever picked up at least one A* grade, and these included Jessica Brown (1A*, 6A, 2B, 1C), Emily Burton (1A*, 3A, 1B, 5C), Harrison Byrne (1A*, 4A, 4B, 2C), Joe Byrne (1A*, 5A, 4B, 1C), George Craggs (1A*, 4A, 4B, 1C), Etienne Deans-Louis (1A*, 3A, 2B, 3C), Lily Homes (1A*, 2A, 3B, 4C), Ruth Jones (1A*, 8A, 1B, 1C), Macy Parr (1A*, 7A, 2B, 1C) and Michaela Stoltzer (1A*, 2A, 2B, 4C).

Vice chair of governors Jane Johnson was in school to support the staff and students, and also to have her proud mum moment as daughter Molly picked up her grades (4A, 2B, 3C).  Jane commented ‘This school has teachers and support staff who will always go the extra mile to support the students.  The intervention strategies are very good, and I am very proud to be a governor here.’

Dylan Green is the Head of Year and he said ‘These have been a wonderful year group throughout their time at the school and I am delighted to see them doing so well.  Many of them were coached by Sixth Form students during their GCSEs, and now they will be going on to Sixth Form and be  the coaches for the next year group.’

  2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 
5 A* - C 62% 65% 77% 68% 71% 75 75% 74%
5 A* - C inc Eng & Mat 42% 52% 61% 54% 62% 60 68% 63%
5 A* - G 97% 98% 96% 99% 99% 99 98%  98%
EBacc       25% 17% 26 33%  21%
Avg. Points 391 405 405 388 430 436 405*  394

 English A* - C

       76% 67% 


(Best 85%) 

 91% 85.4%

 Maths A* - C

       61% 65%  66% (Best 72%)  71%   62%