A Level Results 2018

The Catholic High School, Chester

New school records have been set at The Catholic High School, Chester by this year’s A level students.  The proportion of top grades is higher than ever, with 10% of entries gaining the coveted A* grade, and the combined A* and A grade score breaking through the 25% mark for the first time.

With an overall pass rate of 97% the school continues to set a tremendous record both with the grades achieved and in terms of value added to students’ experience.

The highlights among a very special year group include Joshua Jones who heads to Medical School at the University of Cambridge with his three A* grades, Head Girl, Ciara Sinclair who takes two A* grades and one A to Glasgow University to study Veterinary Science, and Head Boy, David Chesters who has A*, A and B and will read Ancient History and History at the University of Leeds.  Special mention has to be made of Guy Whale and Charlotte Charlton who both secured two A* grades and two A grades.

The top performers this year were;

Hannah Bissell A*/ A*/ A (University of Leeds, Geography)

Ben Chaddock A* / A / A (University of Glasgow, Product Design Engineering)

Charlotte Charlton A* / A* / A / A (University of Oxford, Engineering)

David Chesters (Head Boy) A* / A / B (University of Leeds, Ancient History and History)

Lucy Davies A / A / B (University of Nottingham, Philosophy and Theology)

Polly Donnelly A* / A* / A (University of Bath, Biology)

Lydia Hudson A / A / A / A (University of Bath, Biochemistry)

Megan Jenkins A* / A* / A (Cardiff Metropolitan University, Sport Conditioning)

Molly Johnson Dist * / A* / C (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts)

Joshua Jones A* / A* / A* (University of Cambridge, Medicine)

Yicai Martinez-Pina A* / A / A / A (University College London, Natural Sciences)

Ciara Sinclair (Head Girl) A* / A* / A (University of Glasgow, Veterinary Science)

Guy Whale A* / A* / A / A (University of Bristol, Mechanical Engineering)

Jane Johnson, Chair of Governors and proud parent of Molly, who has secured a place at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, said ‘This has always been a very special year group.  These young adults have a real desire to make the world a better place.  I wish them every success for the future.’


The hard work of the students is matched only by the effort their teachers put in, added John Murray, Principal.  ‘Every year we have parents and students telling us just how grateful they are for the extra effort teachers and staff here at the school put in.  It is the quality of the relationships between staff and students that make this school what it is.’

In between offering advice to students about their plans for the future Head of Year Mark Robinson commented ‘It really is a team effort.  The support we get from parents and governors is fantastic, we have great teachers, but in the end it is the students themselves who have to take the exams.  I want to congratulate every one of them.’


All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield

Once again students at All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield are celebrating excellent A Level results.  Provisional indicators are that 72% of grades achieved were A*-B grades and 89% A*-C. The majority of students have secured their first choice university place at some of the country’s top universities including Oxford, Durham and Kings College, London, while others have been successful securing very competitive apprenticeships.

Acting Principal, Peter Nickson said, ‘We are delighted with the A level results achieved which are testament to our hardworking students, their teachers, the outstanding pastoral care of their tutors and their supportive parents.”

Chair of Governors, Mrs Jaqui Feely said, ‘I am absolutely delighted with the results of all of our students and would like to pass on my sincere thanks to their teachers’.

Acting Deputy Principal, Michelle Garvey said, ‘At a time when A Level programmes have been subject to significant change, our students have demonstrated resilience and determination. These results reflect their tremendous energy and commitment to their studies. As a year group they have been great role models for the rest of the college, demonstrating outstanding leadership and commitment to making a difference through their volunteer work and Catholic social enterprise projects.  As they move on to the next stage of their lives they carry with them great values and attitudes.’

This year, the highest achieving male and female students are Sebastian Dooley and Josephine Bowers.  Seb will be reading Mathematics at Warwick University and Josie, Mathematics at Durham University.  Head Boy, Ben Wardle and Head Girl, Megan Edwards are also among the highest performing students. Ben who will take up his place to read Religion and Philosophy at Kings College, London, said,“I have loved my time at All Hallows. The college has been amazing, not only in terms of academic learning but also as a supportive and inclusive community.  Thank you so much to everyone for helping me achieve these results.  I am so proud of how everyone has done.”  Megan, who rejected an unconditional offer in favour of studying Marketing at Liverpool University, said, “The results we have all achieved are not only a reflection of our own hard work, but also that of all the staff who have supported us; we couldn’t have done this without them.  Thank you”.


Ellesmere Port Catholic High School

Ellesmere Port Catholic High School 6th Form students celebrated their successes in today’s A-level and AS level results, marking yet another year of excellent academic and personal achievements for students at the school, with an overall pass rate of 99.4%.

Caroline Vile, Headteacher, said, “We are thrilled with the success of our students A Levels results, particularly in Further Mathematics, English Language, Chemistry, Polish, Psychology and Spanish. It has been a busy morning and we are pleased to see so many of our students achieving their expected university and apprenticeship places. Many students have secured top degree level courses in subjects such as Biomedical Sciences, Law, Business Management, Languages and many more in universities such as Exeter, Lancaster, Manchester and Warwick amongst others. These results demonstrate that the school is continuously providing high quality education to students in Ellesmere Port and the wider area and more importantly that students feel challenged and supported to achieve their very best.”

Some of this year’s successes:

Joseph Price Mathematics Lancaster University
Nicole Clynch Economics Newcastle University
Mark Howard Languages Exeter University
Shannon Foley  Law Newcastle University


In Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, English Language, French, History, Further Mathematics, Physics, Polish, Psychology and Spanish  between 40% and 100% of our students achieved A*- B grades. The results in these subjects were a real strength of the school demonstrating the hard work and effort put in by both staff and students

We want to congratulate all our students and wish them well as they take up their places at university, on apprenticeships, in employment, or on a gap year. Some of our students were able to overcome challenging personal circumstances to achieve excellent results. This was partly due to the support and guidance given to them by the school, and due to their hard work so well done to them as well.

Congratulations also to our Year 12 students who achieved some excellent AS results; we wish them well for their final year at the school.













St Anselm’s College

Year 13 students at St. Anselm’s College, Birkenhead, have maintained the high standards of recent years. They are celebrating the successful conclusion to their College careers after achieving 51% grades A*-B grades,  with a 100% pass rate this week. 98% of students achieved 3 or more GCE (A Level) passes and 78% of all entries were graded at A*-C, or equivalent. This maintains the College’s tradition of high value added from GCSE to A Level for which they were the top school 6th Form in Wirral in 2017

There were many outstanding individual performances with Hardik Poptani, from Bebington, achieving 2A* & 2 grades, despite having only arrived in the UK at the age of 15. He will study Mathematics at Warwick University. Haydn Bennett from Saughall Massie, one of triplets, all of whom are off to university, has secured his place to study Medicine at the University of Liverpool.

Headmaster Simon Duggan declared “This has been an excellent year group, both academically and in terms of their contribution to the extra-curricular life of the College and they fully deserve these impressive results, especially given the uncertainty caused by the introduction of new A Level courses. These students were excellent role models for younger boys and have been outstanding ambassadors for St. Anselm’s. They have been one of our best-ever year groups so we will miss them and wish them deserved success at university and on apprenticeships.”