STUDENTS and parents turned up at Chester Catholic High School to celebrate GCSE examination results.
Top of the class were Jenny Jones and Amy Sinclair with nine A* grades each, followed closely by Matthew Chesters, Kathleen Devine and Hannah Carter with seven each. The students then headed straight for the school’s sixth form centre to sign up for A level classes.
The school has been a specialist science college for almost ten years, and this year saw a record number of students taking the three sciences biology, chemistry and physics as separate subjects. Just under 90% of the biology students scored at least a C grade, with numbers in chemistry and physics 85% and 80% respectively. However, the top performing subjects were Spanish with 100% of the students entered securing a grade between A* and C and drama with 96%.
Overall 68% of the students achieved passes at A*-C in at least five subjects, while the score including English and maths was 54%. As the numbers taking subjects that lead to the new English Baccalaureate increase, this score was up to a new school high of 25%.
Assistant headteacher Ursula Ferne said: “It is great to see the students’ faces when they realise how well they have done.
“They worked hard for these grades and really deserve what they have got.”
Among the top achieving students this year were: Jackie Bannerman (3A*, 2A, 5B); Tom Batten (4A*, 4A, 1B + distinction in ICT); Hannah Carter (7A*, 2A, 1B); Matthew Chesters (7A* 2A, 1B); Kathryn Cowley (1A*, 5A, 4B); Kathleen Devine (7A*, 3A); Sammy Finneran-Lerner (2A*, 6A, 2B); James Fowles (1A*, 5A, 4B); Vicky Hare (3A*, 7A); Jenny Jones (9A*, 1A); Marie-Therese Letissier (4A*, 3A, 3B); Gabby Maxfield (6A*, 4A); Sophie McKenzie (4A*, 2B, 3C + distinction in ICT); Andy Murray (6A*, 4A); Ania Nowakowska (1A*, 6A, 3B); Isaac Scott (6A*, 4A); Amy Sinclair (9A*, 1A) Felicity Twist (9A, 1B); Rebecca Vickers (3A*, 5A, 1B); Lily Wearden (4A*, 4A, 2B); Jenny Williams (6A, 4B).
Headteacher John Murray said: “We are really proud of our young people.
“They are a credit to themselves, the school and their families.
“I am sure they will go on to be very successful both at sixth form level and beyond.”
While most students will stay on to the school’s own sixth form, many move on to West Cheshire College or other providers.
Head of year Cath Mulvey added: “We will really miss those who are moving on elsewhere and we wish them all the best for the future.”