St Simon Stock Catholic School has achieved a fourth consecutive year of exceptionally high-scoring GCSE results with 68% of students attaining grades A*-C in English and Mathematics and a phenomenal 97% of students attaining grades A*C in English Language. 24 students achieved A*A grades across more than half their subjects, including Ryan Ellesmere, Carol Mealin-Vazquez, Aiden Huynh-Nguyen and Ben George who averaged A*A grades across nearly all their subjects.
Progress levels were exceptionally high. On average students achieved more than two-thirds of a grade higher than estimated government targets in all of their subjects. A third of students achieved an average of more than one whole grade higher than their targets in all their subjects. Students who made exceptional progress include Wiktoria Miszczak, Zachary Jones and Ellie Hodgetts.
Principal, Brendan Wall commented: “I am delighted for our all of our students, the vast majority of whom out-performed their targets, in many cases by a massive margin. For the last few years students in our school have made significantly greater progress than students in schools nationally, and this includes selective schools in our local area. This year’s GCSE results have not just sustained our successes from previous years but have built upon them to cement our growing reputation as an excellent school. Our GCSE results, along with this year’s outstanding A Level results, which also put us in the top 10% of all schools nationally, now secure our position as one of the highest achieving schools, not just locally but in the whole country for GCSE and A Level.
This year’s GCSE and A Level results support our strong belief that success breeds success. Our students’ achieve so highly because we plan their education as a seamless seven-year journey from the age of eleven to eighteen, without interruption at the age of sixteen. Once again our results challenge the common and serious parental misconception that you need to go to a grammar school to do well, which can result in the damaging choice to transfer their child to another school at the age of sixteen. Our students achieve so well as a result of quality teaching, a planned seven-year journey, high expectations with a ‘can-do’ culture’, a dedicated, hard-working staff and supportive parents who buy in to our philosophy.”