The Catholic High School


A Level Results 2016

Top students secure their places at top universities

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%.