‘’I am delighted for our year 13 students, their parents and our staff as Bishop Walsh Catholic School yet again celebrates another outstanding set of A level results’’, said Henryk Koryl, Head of School.

Students and staff have coped really well with the changes to A level which produced more rigorous modes of examination. The average grade per entry was a B with almost a third of all grades awarded being A* and A grades. For the eighth consecutive year more than 50% of our overall grades were A*, A and B grades.

Henryk Koryl commented that, ‘‘I am very proud of our year 13 students. Throughout their time here at Bishop Walsh Catholic School, all students of the year group have worked hard to develop their God given talents to the very best of their ability. They have also made an admirable contribution to the school and wider community through giving generously of their time to help pupils in the lower years and also through raising funds for a host of local, national and international charities. As is the case every year, I am sincerely grateful to our teachers, teaching assistants and Academy Representatives for their time and effort in helping students in year 13 achieve to the best of their ability. I am also grateful for the support of our parents throughout the years. The achievements of our year 13 students reflect how we all work together for the greater good of the young people in our care. We wish our year 13 students all the very best for the future as they embark on apprenticeships, employment or university.’

Our top student was Francesca Maher who gained 3A* grades in the subjects of Biology, Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Connor Greaney achieved 2A* grades and an A grade in the same subjects. They have both secured a place at the University of Nottingham to study Mathematics. Joe Bissett also achieved 2A* grades and an A grade in the subjects of History, Politics and Business Studies and he will be reading History at the University of Birmingham.

In a bumper year for top grades, students who obtained 1A* and 2 A grades at A level were Danielle Quilty, Lauren Quilty and Nathan Shapter. Students who achieved 3 A grades were Charlotte Garvey, Amy Brindley, Daniel Hickman and Thomas Lafferty. Mia McDermott also achieved outstanding examination results and will be reading Law at Wadham College, Oxford University.

Our students also achieved great success in the Level 3 BTEC courses which we run at Bishop Walsh. These courses have become even more rigorous and challenging than in previous years. It is wonderful to note that 82% of results in the Level 3 BTEC qualifications were either awarded a Distinction Star or Distinction. We are delighted that Grace Higgs achieved a Distinction Star in Applied Science, a Distinction in BTEC Level 3 Business as well as B grade in A Level Health and Social Care. She will be reading Law and Business Studies at the University of Liverpool.