Exam results 2019

A Level News

A level results day at The Catholic High School, Chester has brought the usual mix of joy and relief for students who have worked so hard to secure their places at university.  Teachers have been congratulating their students on some stunning results, and are pleased to see that grades have improved across the board.

Each year the school sets out ambitious targets for A levels, and this year has hit them all, with a quarter of results in at A*-A, half scoring A*-B and a full three quarters of all grades at A*-C.  The overall pass rate was 98%.

Individual students are now setting their sights on the next stage, and while many are following their dreams as they pack their bags for university, others are weighing up their options as they look to the future.  More students than ever are using the opportunity to adjust their sights upwards.

One student, Meesha Dudley Jones received her A level results B grades in Media and Psychology) today had her sights on goal as she scored on her debut for Yeovil Town Women in a pre-season game.  She is featured on the club website here.

Highlights amongst the students this year include:

Ruben Bos; A*, A*, A, B; gap year followed by Computer Science; University of Manchester
Isabelle Campbell; A, A, B; Pharmacy; University of Birmingham
Hannah Casling; A*, A, A; History/Law; applying to University of Durham
Eve Chaddock; A*, A, B; History; University of Nottingham
Elliot Charlton; A*, A*, A; Computer Science; University of Manchester
Carolina Costa Ramos; A, B, B; History/Politics; Manchester Metropolitan University
Megan Floyd; A*, A*, B; Physiotherapy; Sheffield Hallam University
Emma Gribbin; A*, A, B; Law; University of Warwick
Charlotte Griffiths; A, B, B; Psychology; University of Nottingham
Elizabeth Guinan; A*, A, B; Psychology; University of Newcastle
Guilio Noro; A*, A, A; Pharmacy; University of Manchester
Rebecca Russell; A, B, B; Psychology; University of Newcastle
Fernando Rutter; A, B, B; apprenticeship
Anita Safina; A, B, B; Biochemistry; University of Lancaster
Madeleine Tierney; A, A, C; Spanish and Philosophy; University of Edinburgh
Enya Whale; A, A, A; applying for Medicine
Amber White; A, A, A; Chemical Engineering; University of Sheffield

‘This has been a very special year group throughout their time here at The Catholic High School’ said retiring Headteacher John Murray. ‘As well as being a very able group of young people, the trademark has been the way they have supported each other through thick and thin.  I am very proud to be signing off with a fantastic set of A level results for a fantastic set of students.’

Louise Orain, Head of Year, added ‘I’m delighted for the top achievers, but just as pleased for all the students who have secured their A levels and are now moving on to the next stages in their lives.  Well done to all of them.’

A Level Results



Summer 2017 Summer 2018 Summer 2019 Summer 2020



22% 25% 24% 30.4%



42% 45% 50% 57.1%



68% 67% 78% 87.6%



96% 97% 97% 100%



Students collected GCSE results from school this morning and the anxious glances were quickly replaced by smiles as they opened their envelopes.  Head of Year Dylan Green had predicted a ‘vintage year’ and was delighted to see the students he had worked with succeed.  ‘This year group have felt the full force of the new GCSEs’ he said, ‘and they have come through so well.  I am very proud of them’.
Top of the class was Grace Garvey who secured nine straight ‘9’ grades and an A*, closely followed by Elsa Vickery with seven ‘9’s, two ‘8’s and an A*.  Along with their friends they have been signing up for Sixth Form courses and for college places.
‘This is a tremendous achievement for our students’ said retiring Headteacher John Murray, ‘but it is also just one step along the way.  Whether they stay for Sixth Form or go on to apprenticeships or college, we wish them all the very best for the future.’
Incoming Headteacher Cathy McKeagney added ‘Congratulations to all the young people for what they have achieved.  I’m really looking forward to working with those who are staying on for Sixth Form, and with the teachers who have worked so hard to get them to where they are now.’

The top achievers this year are;
Grace Garvey; nine ‘9’ grades and one A*
Elsa Vickery; seven ‘9’ grades, two ‘8’s and one A*
Tara Evans; two ’9’s, two ‘8’s, four ‘7’s and one ‘6’
Isabelle Mohan; four ‘9’s, two ‘7’s and three ‘6’s
Eryk Holub; one ‘9’, one ‘8’, three ‘7’s and five ‘6’s
Isabella Di Trolio; one ‘9’, one ‘8’, six ‘7’s, one ‘6’ and a B
Mae Garvey; two ‘9’s, three ‘8’s, three ‘6’s
Erin Hoey; one ‘9’, three ‘8’s, two ‘7’s and two ‘6’s
Conor Rushton; one ‘9’, two ‘8’s, three ‘7’s and three ‘6’s
Isobel Franchetti; four ‘8’s, one ‘7’ and four ‘6’s
Ciara Nelson; one ‘9’, one ‘8’, four ‘7’s and two ‘6’s
Betty Martin; one ‘9’, four ‘7’s and four’6’s

‘These GCSEs are significantly harder than in previous years’ said Assistant Head Ursula Mort, who has the key responsibility for achievement in the school, ‘but these students have really risen to the challenge.  It is great to see subjects like Art, PE, languages and the sciences doing so well, and we are really pleased to see the proportion of students gaining strong passes in RE going up significantly.  Results in History and English Literature are really good and show our students making good progress in these key subjects.’

GCSE Results

2017 2018 2019 2020
Attainment 8 44.4 42.7 45.4 49.49
Progress 8 -0.20 -0.26 -0.06 0.07
Strong pass 9 - 5 in English and Maths 31% 35% 35% 45.7%
Standard pass 9 - 4 in English and Maths 56% 62% 62% 67.5%
Strong English 9 - 5 53% 58% 62% 70.2%
Standard English 9 - 4 73% 74% 78% 80.1%

 Strong Maths 9 - 5

34% 42% 37% 48.3%

 Standard Maths 9 - 4

64% 71% 65% 72.8%

Students achieving Ebacc standard pass

10% 11% 11% 2.6%

5 GCSEs grades 9 - 4 including English and Maths

53% 56% 58% 66.2%