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Principal’s Message
25th August 2016 – GCSE Results Day (8/18/2016)


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 Pupils at Bishop Walsh Catholic School are celebrating very pleasing GCSE results as 78% of pupils achieved a grade A*-C in GCSE English and Mathematics.

Francesca Maher was best in her year with 8A*s.  Ben Clay, Chloe Grant and Mia McDermott scored an impressive 7A*s each while 6A*s were awarded to Lily Bull and Lauren Quilty.  Nearly third of all grades were at A* and A.

Religious Education, Biology, Chemistry, Culinary Arts and Dance were subjects where 50% of grades were at A* or A. In addition to this, over a third of grades in Child Development, Computer Science, French, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music and Physics were at A* or A.

‘Congratulations go to our students’, said John Farrell, Principal at the school in Wylde Green Rd and part of the St. John Paul II Multi-Academy.  

 “I am so pleased for our Year 11.    Across the entire academic spectrum pupils have done very well.  These results have stretched and challenged all our pupils, whatever their starting point.  As an all ability school we believe that so many pupils have gone way beyond their potential.   Pupils who didn’t always find academic work easy worked hard and were led by staff who were able to anticipate their needs.  These pupils have done really well and combined with the high proportion of A* and A grades the results in 2016 demonstrate real quality.  One of the new performance measures introduced by the government called ‘Progress 8’ reveals that at Bishop Walsh Catholic School pupils have on average attained results a third above their predicted grades.  This is a great achievement.

 Parents at Bishop Walsh support their children and staff so that working together we can really help our young people and lead them to their preferred career. I am very proud of the teaching and support staff at Bishop Walsh who are so committed to their vocation. Of course, we are not saying goodbye to the great majority of our Year 11 who will join our Sixth Form in a couple of weeks’ time”.


Once again year 13 students at Bishop Walsh Catholic School celebrate great A level results. Average point score per entry was 220 and for the sixth year consecutively 50% of results were at grades A*, A or B.

‘Bishop Walsh has such a dynamic Sixth Form and I am so proud of our students this year,’ said John Farrell, Principal at the school in Wylde Green Rd which is part of the St. John Paul II Multi-Academy. ‘Congratulations go to all those who have understood the value of hard work. Students can be really excited about their future as these results have given them so much choice in their career paths.

Students have done so well with the support of their parents and teachers. Sean Duignan was best in his year obtaining 4A*s and will read Mathematics at Bristol University. David Middlemass obtained 3A*s and will train to be a doctor at Nottingham University while Jamie Odyniec also obtained 3A*s and will read Mathematics at Warwick University. We are delighted that Sam Gregory gained a distinction star and a distinction in his Level 3 BTEC courses and will pursue Higher Education at Matthew Boulton College here in our own City of Birmingham. Caitlin Clancy obtained 2A*s and 2As at A level and is off to read Mathematics at Nottingham University.

John Farrell comments that, ‘…the subject knowledge of staff and their ability to inspire students with such care is such a pleasure to observe’. Our staff have done a superb job in stretching students so they do their best and I would very much like to thank them all. We wish all are students leaving best wishes for their future at University, Apprenticeships or Employment.’

Well done in particular to the following subjects had an A*-B percentage of more than 50%: Applied Science, Business Studies, Dance, Economics, Fashion, Further Mathematics, Geography, Mathematics and Physics.

Mr J.B. Farrell – Principal of Bishop Walsh Catholic School

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