Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School has enjoyed scenes of celebration and delight after five months of lockdown as pupils received their GCSE results.
The Coventry school’s leadership and sixth form teams welcomed Year eleven pupils to collect their results in small bubbles.
Due to the uncertainty around this year’s national grading system, the school ensured that a wide range of staff were on hand to support and advise pupils on how to progress to their next stage of education.
Matthew Everett, Head of School at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School, said: “The past five months have been very challenging for all pupils.
“I am extremely proud of all of our pupils here at Cardinal Wiseman and the resilience they have shown in the face of adversity.
“It has been lovely to meet with them and celebrate their results. We are very pleased that so many of them have chosen to return to our sixth form, in what will be our largest sixth form cohort for a number of years.”
Cardinal Wiseman’s Executive Principal Tom Leverage added: “We are absolutely delighted for our students. GCSE results day is a culmination of five years of hard work and we must not allow the extraordinary events of the last few months to taint the joy and success of these pupils.
“I am delighted that all of our pupils have achieved the grades they needed to secure their places at sixth form and college, and I wish them the very best for all of their future endeavours.”
The school has seen a number of high achievers, with individual success stories including:
Declan Booth achieved grade 9, the equivalent of A**, in all of his GCSEs and is now hoping to study at the school’s sixth form.
He said: “My results are brilliant and are on the back of lots of hard work and studying at my desk every night putting hours into revision.
“I am staying on at sixth form for my A Levels and hope to succeed there as well. All of the staff are brilliant, especially Mr Wheat who really motivated me to excel in maths.”
Carly Coogan achieved five 9s, four 8s and a 7 and is set to go on to study maths, further maths, economics and chemistry at Cardinal Wiseman’s sixth form.
She said: “I’m very happy about my results, I didn’t expect to get such good grades but they were a result of a lot of hard work throughout the year. All of my teachers have also been very supportive.
“I’m nervous about going on to study A-Levels, but I’m excited for the new challenge.”
Athmieka Gunabalsinkam achieved three 9s, four 8s, one 7 and three 6s and is set to go on to study biology, chemistry and maths.
She said: “I’m very surprised with my results, but I’ve worked extremely hard to achieve them. My favourite subject is science which has influenced my choice of A Levels, and I’m really looking forward to sixth form.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Cardinal Wiseman, so it was an easy decision to choose the school’s sixth form to continue my studies. I’m nervous but excited for the challenge ahead.”
Malachy Fawcett achieved four 9s and six 8s and is set to go on to study maths, further maths, physics and chemistry at the school’s sixth form.
He said: “I’m pleased with my results and have really enjoyed my time at Cardinal Wiseman. Overall, the staff have been excellent and all of the subjects have been really enjoyable.
“I can’t wait to come back to study for my A Levels and hope to progress on to study at a Russell Group university.”
Elizabeth Henry achieved two 9s, four 8s, two 7s and two 6s and is set to go on to study A Levels in economics, maths and philosophy and ethics.
She said: “My results are amazing, I’m really proud of myself. I’ve really enjoyed studying at Cardinal Wiseman, the support from the teachers has been fantastic and they really encourage everyone to do their best.
“I’m excited to go on to sixth form. I’ve chosen three subjects that I really enjoy, but my main focus is economics and I hope to go on to study it at university.”
Lilith Masterson achieved two 9s, two 8s, one 7 and five 6s and is set to go on to study Biology, PE and English Literature at A Level.
She said: “I am really pleased with the results I received. I have really enjoyed my time at Cardinal Wiseman and am so grateful for the support from all of my teachers.
“I am looking forward to studying at sixth form and hope to go on to study physiotherapy at university.”
James Sarginson achieved one 9, three 8s, four 7s and two 6s and is set to go on to study economics, psychology and geography at Cardinal Wiseman’s sixth form.
He said: “I’m really pleased with my results and I wasn’t expecting some of my highest grades.
“I’ve enjoyed my time at Cardinal Wiseman and am looking forward to progressing to the school’s sixth form after which I hope to go on to study at university.”
Dara Sturgeon achieved two 9s, four 8s, two 7s and two 6s and is set to go on to study maths, economics and ICT at the school’s sixth form.
She said: “I’m very happy with my results and I’m looking forward to going on to A Levels.”
Esther Tchapdeu achieved one 9, two 8s, six 7s and one 6 and is set to go on to study physics, maths and chemistry at A Level.
She said: “I’m so happy with my results, I’m really shocked that I achieved those grades. Studying at Cardinal Wiseman has been an amazing experience, the teachers have been so supportive and got to know us all – it’s been incredible.
“I really like maths so am looking forward to my A Levels and hope to become an engineer.”
Loane Tchoudi achieved two 9s, one 8, six 7s and two 6s and is set to go on to physics, maths and product design or art at A Level.
She said: “I’m extremely pleased with my results and have enjoyed my time at Cardinal Wiseman. The atmosphere is fantastic and the teachers make all of the pupils feel really comfortable.
“I’m looking forward to going on to study A Levels and seeing where that takes me.”
Wiktor Wysocki achieved two 8s, five 7s and three 6s and is set to go on to study maths, physics and philosophy and ethics at the school’s sixth form.
He said: “I’m really happy with my results, I was always aiming for high grades.
“I want to be an architect so studying maths and physics at A Level are a must, and I love debating so also chose philosophy and ethics.
“I’ve enjoyed my time at Cardinal Wiseman and am looking forward to sixth form and aim to go on to study at university.”