‘Outstanding’ results for Newbold’s St Mary’s Catholic High School

St Mary's Catholic High School students Miriam Armstrong-Read, Eleanor Smith, Amy Bannister and Sarah Doyle. Picture: Andrew Roe
St Mary's Catholic High School students Miriam Armstrong-Read, Eleanor Smith, Amy Bannister and Sarah Doyle. Picture: Andrew Roe

Staff and pupils at Newbold’s St Mary’s Catholic High School are celebrating ‘outstanding’ results in this year’s GCSE exams.

Ninety-four per cent of students at the Newbold Road school achieved five or more A*-C grades, 78 per cent including English and maths.

The school’s new Attainment 8 score is 59.29 and it estimates that its Progress 8 score is 0.49 - which means pupils at St Mary’s gained half a GCSE grade more than similar pupils in other schools.

Said headteacher Sean McClafferty: “The results are a testament to the incredible hard work of our pupils; the support of parents and the dedication of the school’s exceptional staff.

“Our aim is that every pupil fulfils his or her potential and has the qualifications to move on to the next stage of their education or career. We are extremely proud of all of our young people.”

Notable achievers were Brendan Connolly, who achieved 10 A*s, an A and a B; Miriam Armstrong-Read who achieved 10 A*s and two As; Eleanor Smith who secured nine A*s and three As; Amy Bannister, who achieved seven A*s and five As and Sarah Doyle, who scored 11 A*s and two As.