The College is celebrating another year of strong GCSE results, with one third of all entries being awarded A or A* grades in 2017.
This is the first year of the new tougher GCSEs in Maths and English, graded 9-1 rather than A*-G. St Edward’s pupils have risen to this challenge, with 78% of the cohort achieving at least five GCSEs graded 9-4 or A*-C, including English and Maths. The overall ‘pass’ rate (for a GCSE grade 4/C or above) was 85%.
One half of all pupils achieved the English Baccalaureate, gaining a GCSE grade C/4 or above in all of the five ‘core’ academic disciplines of Maths, English, Science, a language, and History or Geography; a superb achievement which is more than double the national average of 24%.
Of 159 candidates, a stunning one in five achieved seven A grades or better, thus qualifying to undertake the College’s Honours Programme in the Sixth Form. This extended curriculum caters for the brightest students who would be expected to aim for entry to the very top universities in due course, and is directed by the College’s new Assistant Principal (Sixth Form & Scholarship), Mr George Ray, who joins St Edward’s from St Anselm’s College Birkenhead, where he has been Head of German and Assistant Head of Sixth Form.
Principal Stephen Morris commented upon these results;
“I am delighted to congratulate St Edward's College pupils upon a very strong set of GCSE outcomes. Their hard work, coupled with the strength of their teachers and the support of their parents, has found its reward. We look forward to the vast majority of them being able to continue their studies in our revamped Sixth Form here at St Edward’s, offering academic A Levels, the Honours Programme for academic scholars, or BTEC studies for those who prefer or are better suited to a continuous assessment programme. Many congratulations to all who have done so well.”