Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School is celebrating a year of excellent GCSE results, with all students expected to progress in their studies to sixth form or further education.
Coming after the success of achieving some of the best A level results in the city, the school is now expecting a record number of applications to their sixth form for September 2018.
In Year 11, 70 per cent of students were awarded Grade 4 or higher in English (this year’s equivalent of grade C and above) and 60 per cent of students were awarded Grade 4 or higher in mathematics.
Outside of the two core subjects Cardinal Wiseman, which is part of the Romero Catholic Academy, has seen an improvement in nearly all of the headline figures including the overall average attainment grade achieved by pupils, as well as an increase in number of strong passes in the Ebacc subjects.
This year, many of the GCSE subjects have moved across to new exams and a new grading system.
Under the new GCSE system a grade 7 is equivalent to the old A grade with only three per cent of the candidates expected to achieve the top grade, 9. In this year’s exams, Cardinal Wiseman has seen an impressive nine departments above this National benchmark.
Principal Tom Leverage said: “I would like to congratulate all of our Year 11 students on the fantastic achievement of getting the results they deserve.
“The school has witnessed a number of improvements during the last academic year and we are delighted that another cohort of young people have done so well.
“It is especially pleasing to see that our pupils have achieved across the board in both a range of qualifications and across a range of grades.
“We have seen a 100 per cent pass rate in our vocational qualifications as well as a record number of children achieving the highest number of 9 – 7 grades.”
Cardinal Wiseman offers a wide range of subjects, with staff working hard to ensure students were prepared for the new standards.
The success of both the vocational and more traditional subjects means that the school is expecting a record number of applicants to the sixth form this September.
Principal Tom Leverage added: “This is particularly pleasing as we have grown considerably as a school in nearly every year group and now have a waiting list in Year 7. The investment in the new sixth form facilities will allow us to build on the individual success of the students and allow them to continue their educational journey with us.”
Individual success stories
Casey Bartlett achieved four 9s, four 7s and two As and is going on to study four A levels including English Literature and Art at Cardinal Wiseman.
She said: “I’m so relieved and incredibly happy, I never expected to do so well. It was tough, but all of the revision paid off.”
Mackenzie Tchoudi achieved one 9, three 8s, four 7s, two 6s and one A and is going on to study A levels in maths, biology, chemistry and French.
She said: “I’ve been waiting so long to get these results, it’s been an emotional rollercoaster but I’m so happy and excited for sixth form. It’s been an amazing five years at Cardinal Wiseman.”
Yasmin Amrani achieved one 9, two 8s, six 7s and one 6 and is going on to study maths, further maths, biology and chemistry at sixth form.
She said: “I was ecstatic with the grade 9 in biology, I worked really hard and my teacher gave me a lot of support. I was also particularly pleased with my results in RE, maths and Spanish. I’m really looking forward to starting sixth form and continuing on to higher education.”
Shivam Pandya achieved three 9s, three 8s, three 7s, one five and one B and is going on to study biology, chemistry and maths at A level at Cardinal Wiseman.
He said: “I’ve been so surprised with my results but I’m really pleased. There was a lot of family encouragement and the teachers have also been really supportive. I’m now looking forward to coming back to Cardinal Wiseman to study at sixth form.”