PUPILS at Catholic schools across the country have been celebrating impressive GCSE results.
Downside in Radstock. Bath. celebrated its best-ever GCSE results. with 60 per cent of all grades at A* or A. In addition, eight pupils secured the country's top five marks in modem languages.
Pupils at St Ursula's school in Bristol, too, set a new record for the school with outstanding performances right across the board. The pass rate was 100 per cent, and 81 per cent of grades were at C or above.
Another school that recorded its best-ever GCSE results was Ratcliffe College in Leicester, where the percentage of A* and A grades was 43 per cent, an increase of eight per cent on last year. There were some outstanding individual performances: Katjana Cleasby gained an A* in all 11 of her subjects and Benjamin Brown secured nine A*s and one A.
The Marist Senior School in Ascot, Berkshire, saw a significant rise in the number of A* grades helped by the individual achievement of one pupil, Wallace Martin Kerr, who gained 13 A*s and one A.
Karl McCloskey, the headteacher, said: "The teachers and I are very proud of the girls 85 per cent of the girls gained grades at A*-B and we have maintained our 100 per cent pass rate yet again."
There were some remarkable individual successes at St Leonards-Mayfield School in Mayfield, East Sussex, where 30 per cent of all grades were in the top A* bracket. Thirteen girls achieved 10 A*-A grades. "These results are stunning and I am delighted with the girls' successes." said Julia Dalton, the headmistress.
Pupils at the Oratory School for Catholic boys in Reading, Berkshire, bucked national trends for boys with this year's results, which included a place for Stephen Dempsey as one the country's top five candidates in English Literature a subject in which girls traditionally out-perform boys.
Stephen. with his nine A*s and two As, was the highestachieving pupil at the boys' school in Reading, Berkshire, and one of several pupils who achieved straight A*/As. Overall, virtually 90 per cent of pupils gained grades A* to C, compared to the national figure of 633 per cent.
At St Mary's school in Shaftesbury, Dorset. pupils celebrated spectacular successes in sciences. Latin, art and sport. For the second year running over 98 per cent of grades were between A* and C. In Chemistry over 95 per cent of grades were graded A*-A, with Physics at over 91 per cent. Nearly three-quarters of Mathematics grades were at A*-B and Art and Design notched up an impressive 90 per cent of grades at A*-A. Physical Education and Music each scored 100 per cent.
New Hall school in Chelmsford. Essex, celebrated excellent results in modern languages and a rate of 46 per cent of grades at A*-A. Teresa Miller de Vega and Sofia von Stieglitz both secured three A*s each in French. German and Spanish.
Impressive modern language results were also recorded at Chavagnes International College in Chavagnes en Paillers, France, where pupils sit the IGCSE thought by many to be more academically rigorous than the GCSE. The overall rate of 38.8 per cent of grades at A* or A double the national average included all five pupils for Spanish and all four pupils for German. two of whom sat the GCSE.
At St Edmund's College in Ware, Hertfordshire, 72 per cent of grades were at A*-B and all students passed. Richard Wilkin. deputy headmaster, said: "This was one of the best years ever for GCSE results at St Edmund's.
Just short of nine out of every 10 grades awarded this year were between A* and C at St John's College in Southsea, Hampshire. "We hear far too much illinformed comment these days about 'dumbing-down' and 'grade inflation'," said Nigel Thorne, the headmaster. "These young people have worked really hard and demonstrated to the examiners their knowledge and skill. They all deserve praise and warmest congratulations for their achievements."
At St Teresa's in Dorking. Surrey, all pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades, and 71 per cent of all passes were at A*, A or B, with 42 per cent at A*A. Lesley Falconer, the headmistress, said: "Congratulations go, of course, to our straight A students, but also to all of our hard-working students whose studies have yielded well-deserved results ."