There were smiles and cheers all round this morning at Bishop Vaughan Catholic School where Year 13 pupils were collecting their A-level results. The school was delighted in the achievements of its pupils, who this year secured the highest results in the last three years for performance in A level and BTEC qualifications. The school saw a rise of nearly 12% in the A* to C grades at A level since last year and the A level and BTEC combined results also improved by 10%, with the vast majority of students also gaining the Welsh Baccalaureate qualification, a testament to the hard work and dedication of both pupils and staff throughout the year.
The joy and relief of the Bishop Vaughan pupils after many hours of hard work was clear for all to see this morning; Sebin Jose upon receiving his results said, ‘I worked hard when I needed to and now it has all paid off. I am off to start a new journey towards my Pharmacy career. I am extremely excited to go to Keele University. I can’t wait’. A delighted Laurie Stevens, a Year 13 pupil who gained 3 A grades and a B grade, stated “I am incredibly elated to be going to Nottingham University to study Medicine. I have loved every minute of my time at Bishop Vaughan School and Sixth Form. I am grateful for all the support and encouragement from my friends, family and teachers and can’t wait to begin this new chapter of my life!” Similarly, Elizabeth Crudge was overjoyed upon gaining an A* and three A grades at A level which means that she can take up her offer to read Medicine at Cardiff University following a gap year as a volunteer at St Cassian’s Centre, Kintbury, in Berkshire. She said “I would like to say a huge thank you to my teachers and the school for their academic, emotional and spiritual support over the years, I am absolutely delighted!”
Those sentiments were echoed by Megan Williams upon receiving her A level results of 2 A grades and a B grade, who said “I am going to study Pharmacy in Cardiff. I am so happy, actually I’m over the moon, that my two years of hard work have finally paid off. Thank you to all the amazing teachers in Bishop Vaughan that have helped me achieve more than I ever thought I could.” A delighted Charlotte Collins who gained two A grades and two A* grades noted “I am so happy with my A level results knowing all the hard work has paid off. I am so excited to start studying Law at Swansea University this September.”
Acting Headteacher, Mrs Emma Pole, stated “As a Catholic Christian school we not only have a tradition of academic rigour but also place clear emphasis on nurturing the moral and social development of the whole person. Ours is a fully inclusive Sixth Form and we strive to encourage all pupils to make the most of their unique God given talents and abilities. Most of our students have gained their first choice University offer with only a very small number requiring their insurance offer today and we are very proud of them. We send our very best wishes to all of our students in their future destinations in education, employment or training.”
Those destinations range from Sheffield, where Thomas Hutchins will take up a place to study a Masters degree in Chemistry to Exeter, and from Aberystwyth to University College, London. Students also look forward to a diverse range of degree studies, from Louise Morris’ course in Classical Civilisation at Liverpool, to Baptin Syriac’s studies in Aerospace Engineering at Bristol University. Baptin stated today ‘I was pleased to achieve three As and a B in my A level examinations. The past seven years at Bishop Vaughan have been wonderful, and I’ve been able to make a great group of friends who always encouraged me to do the best I possibly could!”
Assembly Member, Mike Hedges, who visited the school this morning congratulated the students on their excellent achievements. Muyembe Mwanza told him of her pride in her A grade in Religious Studies, stating “I wouldn’t have done it without the teachers’ support. This will be a great contribution to my Forensic Psychology course in Worcester” while Charis Fage stated “I am delighted to have achieved the grades to get in to Midwifery at Bournemouth University. Thanks to all the teachers at Bishop Vaughan for their support. Yay!” Upon receiving his results, Lewis Chard Latham declared “I’m absolutely delighted to get into the University of West of England to read History. All the hard work and perseverance has truly paid off. Never give up and don’t let anyone tell you any different.”
Caitlin Ware, overjoyed upon collecting her results said, “I am so thrilled to be going to Cardiff University to study Maths in September. Bishop Vaughan were extremely supportive throughout my time here, helping me to achieve my three A grades and a B grade. I am very excited to start these new experiences at University,” while Nazanin Pourdaseshmand and Elin Street were also positive about the quality of their learning experiences in Bishop Vaughan. Nazanin stated “I was delighted to have the opportunity to study Law at University all thanks to my wonderful teachers who motivated me to work my hardest” and Elin noted “I’m delighted to have a place at Loughborough University to do BSc Psychology degree. I couldn’t have done it without the support and care I received within Bishop Vaughan.”