GCSE Results 2017

All Hallows Catholic College

The new national standards at GCSE have met their match in the hard work and dedication of students and staff at All Hallows Catholic College.

Despite the national reforms to GCSE which have included the ending of course work, greater subject content, and more learning for terminal examinations, All Hallows students have achieved exceptional results in the Class of 2017. More than two thirds of the students achieved five or more GCSE ‘standard’ passes (A*-G / 9-1) including English and Mathematics, and students of all abilities have made good progress dependent on their aptitudes and starting points. 91% of students achieved a standard pass or above in English and 75% achieved the same in Mathematics. These results mean that there will be a very high rate of progression to further study for students of all abilities including Advanced level studies in the Sixth Form.

Head of Year, David Aspinall said ‘It’s been an anxious wait for students, teachers and parents this year, following the reforms to GCSE, but we are absolutely delighted that our students have done so well.’

The highest performing female student was Chen Ji with 12 subjects in total, 7A*GCSE, three grade 9 GCSE’s – and an AS (Grade A) in Mandarin and a Higher Project Qualification (HPQ). Chen was closely followed by Natasha Harper who achieved 7A* 2A and 1 Grade 9. The highest performing male student was Stephen Hughes with 7A*2A and one grade 9. The total number of the new top ‘grade 9’, available only in English and mathematics, was 28 (5%) which is a great achievement in the first year of the new GCSE system. Congratulations to the following students who achieved the new grade 9, the top 2% of achievement in subjects nationally: B Brereton, A Broadhurst, B Cheung, O Crabtree, B Hadfield, N Harper, S Hughes, C Ji, T Kalnins, L Kennedy, C Langer, J Mock, S Musgrave, E Pointer, M Rigby, A Rosete, C Siedlecka, J Townley, J Westwood.

Chen Ji said ‘I love All Hallows and I’m really delighted with my results and want to thank all the staff who have supported me in so many different ways to help me achieve my goals.’ Stephen said ‘Thank you to the College for supporting me to achieve these results. It’s been a great couple of weeks with my brother Aidan also getting 4A* at A level! I’m really looking forward to studying in the Sixth Form.’

This year also saw four students taking the new Higher Project Qualification as part of a programme for higher ability students: Chen Ji, Christoph Langer, Jordan Simpson, James Westwood. All of these students achieved A*

We are also proud of our students who have additional needs, all of whom have achieved a Level 1 qualification and many have remarkable successes at GCSE.

Executive Principal, Tony Billings said ‘We have met the challenge of change at both A Level and GCSE with excellent results. I’m delighted for everyone and especially our students and teachers who have worked so hard. I’m also delighted that so many students can progress to their next stage of learning.

The Catholic High School, Chester

The new grading system for English and Maths GCSEs may be new to parents, but the students at The Catholic High School in Chester have taken it in their stride.  It means that grades 9-7 now count as A*-A  and does make comparison with previous years difficult.  The top performers this year were Amber White and Elizabeth Guinan – both girls had every grade in the top A*-A category, but they were closely followed by Madeleine Tierney, Rebecca Russell, Eve Chaddock, Emma Gribbin, Guilio Noro and Ruben Bos.

Head teacher John Murray said ‘It is always a delight to see our students celebrating their achievements, and this year is no exception.  They have worked very hard, and deserve their success.  I am also very grateful to Barbara Holmes, our retiring Examinations Officer.  She has been a tower of strength through the exams season for the last fifteen years.’

Almost a third of the year group passed every exam at grade C or above – although this now also includes the exams passed at grade 4 and above, and the proportion of the highest grades A*-A, and 9-7 is a key feature of these results.

Chair of governors, Jane Johnson added ‘We are very proud of these young people and also very grateful to their teachers for all the hard work they put into preparing the students for the examinations.’





The top performers, with their grades, this year were:

Amber White                    7A*, 1A, and 7, 8, 9
Elizabeth Guinan             1A*, 5A, and 8, 8, 8
Will Anderson                   1A*, 4A, 3B, and 6, 6, 9
Jenson Booth                    1A*, 3A, 2B, and 5, 6, 7
Isabelle Campbell           5A*, 1A, 2B, and 5, 6, 7
Eve Chaddock                    4A*, 3A, 1B, and 6, 7, 8
Tia Chamberlain               3A, 4B, and 5, 5, 7
Elliott Charlton                 4A*,2A, 2B, and 5, 7
Katie Edwards                   1A*, 3A, 1B, and 4, 5, 6
Ciara Farrell                       5A*, 2A, 1B, and 6, 6, 7
Emma Gribbin                   7A*, 1B, and 6, 8, 8
Maya Leaning                    2A*, 1A, 4B, and 5, 6, 9
Ella Lloyd                             1A*, 5A, 1B, and 6, 6, 8
Giulio Noro                        7A*, 1A, 1B, and 5, 6, 8
Rebecca Russell                   4A*, 3A, and 6, 6, 7
Anita Safina                       2A*, 4A, 1B, and 6, 6,  7
Madeleine Tierney         5A*, 3A, and 5, 8, 8
Enya Whale                        1A*, 4A, 2B, and 5, 6, 8

Head of Year Bernadette Letissier was proud to declare this a ‘vintage year for our school.  Whatever the grades the students got, we are very proud of them and of all that have achieved here.  It isn’t just the results that matter, it is the quality of the friendships and the desire to make a difference that sets these young people apart.  We wish them every blessing for their futures.’






St Anselm’s

2 students from St. Anselm’s College are today celebrating their GCSE results having achieved the best individual grades in the College’s history!

Ebby Hanifehpour and Peter Shield, both from Wallasey, achieved the highest possible grades in all 11 GCSEs taken, including the new Grade 9s in English and Maths. Joseph Curry, also from Wallasey, and Jacob Gilroy, from Heswall, both secured 9 A*/ grade 9s.

Headmaster Simon Duggan is delighted and commented that “these boys have been exemplary students and thoroughly deserve their outstanding results. We are confident that they will progress to the best universities in the country, or possibly abroad, in the future.