Cardinal Newman Catholic School has seen students achieve their best ever GCSE exam results this year with 77% of students achieving at least 5 GCSEs including English and Mathematics at Grade 4 or above. The new grading for Mathematics and English saw GCSEs graded between 1 and 9 with Grade 4 being equivalent to a C. A fantastic 81% of students passed Mathematics and English at Grade 4 or above (84% of students gained a grade 4 or above for Mathematics and 92% of students gained a grade 4 or above for English which is the highest of any other state school in Brighton and Hove).
The new government accountability measures showed that Cardinal Newman Catholic School had a great Attainment 8 score of +52.22.
Particular congratulations to Alfie Smith who achieved 9 A* grades and 3 grade 9s and Charis Marshall who achieved 8 A*/A grades and 3 grade 9s.
Congratulations also to the following students: James Booth achieved 8 A*/A grades, 1 at grade 9 and 2 at grade 8; Nina Heywood achieved 8 A*/A grades, 2 at grade 9 and 1 at grade 8; Connie Petronzio achieved 8 A*/A grades, 1 at grade 7, 1 at grade 8, 1 at grade 9; Eimear Day achieved 7 A*/A grades, 2 at grade 9, 1 at grade 8 and 1 distinction, William Howes achieved 9 A*/A grades, 1 B grade, 1 at grade 9, 1 at grade 8 and 1 at grade 7 and Jacob Sampson achieved 8 A*/As, 1 at grade 6, 1 at grade 8 and 1 at grade 9.
Dr James Kilmartin, Headteacher of Cardinal Newman Catholic School said, “We are delighted with these results which reflect the hard work and determination of both students and staff. They have been achieved against a background of volatility and change resulting from the GCSE reforms. Our Year 11 students and their teachers have been true pioneers demonstrating great resilience and resourcefulness in responding to this challenge. We look forward to welcoming many of our Year 11 students back to Newman College, our Sixth Form, at the beginning of next term and to the opportunity to celebrate these wonderful results.”
• Attainment 8 (calculated from a suite of 8 qualifications): +52.22
• 81% of students passed English and Mathematics at grade 4
• 77% of students gained 5 or more GCSEs including English and Mathematics at the new grade 4 – which is our best ever results
• 44% of students gained the English Baccalaureate
• 81% of students gained 5 or more A*-C grades
• 25% of students achieved 5 (or more) A*/A grades
• 29% of all results were A or A* (or equivalent grades)
• 84% of students gained a grade 4 or above in Mathematics
• 92% of students gained a grade 4 or above in English (English language or literature)
• 86% of students gained a grade 4 or above in English Language
Celebrating Student Success
Alfie Smith is our top performing student and achieves 9 A*s + 3 x Grade 9s
Alfie said “I am shocked! I’ve just called my mum and dad who are very happy. My big brother got his A-level results at Newman College last week and is off to Oxford so it has been a big week in our family. I’m looking forward to coming back to Newman College to study Biology, Geography and Maths and would love to study Geography at Oxford. I have been to Oxford University with the school and would really like to go there. I am now off to the Reading festival with my friends to celebrate!”
Charis Marshall achieves 8 A*/As + 3 x Grade 9s
Charis said “I am very surprised! I find Maths quite hard so am shocked to get a grade 9. I have just opened my results with my mum and dad in the car and they are really proud of me. I am going to study English Literature, German and Biology at Newman College and hope to do something in teaching or education at University. I have a passion for learning so would like to help others.”
Connie Petronzio achieves 8 A*/As + grade 7, grade 8 and grade 9 (including an A Hat in Further Maths)
Connie said “I am very happy! I was so nervous and it has been a long summer wondering what I will get. I would love to study Medicine and am going to study Maths, Further Maths, Biology and Chemistry. I would like to be an A+E doctor in the future as I like the energy and want to help people. I’m off for a celebratory breakfast in Brighton with my mum and dad now.”
Ebony Saunders achieves 8 A*/As + 3 x Grade 8s
Ebony said “It’s amazing! I am so shocked – I was expecting C’s! I need to go and ring all of my family now. I’m going to Newman College to study History, Geography and Maths and hope to do Geography at University. I really like Manchester so I may go there. I am off for a celebration breakfast with my family now.”
Robert Maye achieves 9 A*/As + a grade 9 and 2 x grade 7s
Robert said “I am really happy with that. I was hoping results like these but didn’t expect them to be so good. I am going to study Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science and hope to go on to study a Maths-related degree at Oxbridge.”
Lorelei Clinton achieves 7 A*/As + a grade 8 and 2 x grade 7s
Lorelei said “I am very pleased! My mum is waiting outside and I have texted her just to say “I have amazing news” so she is desperately waiting for me to come out. I am going to study English Literature, History and Sociology at Newman College and will go on to University but not sure what yet. I’m looking forward to celebrating with my friends this afternoon.
Adam McConnell achieves 8 A*/As + 3 x Grade 8s
Adam said “I can’t believe it! I really didn’t expect to do so well! I am going to Newman College to study Biology, Chemistry and Maths and hope to study Medicine at University.”
Maria Gonzalez achieves 8 A*/As + a grade 8 and 2 x grade 7s
Maria said “I feel really happy – I was so nervous! I found the exam period really stressful so thought I wouldn’t get the grades I wanted so I’m really proud of myself. I want to do medicine in the future so will be studying the sciences. I hope to be a paediatrician as I love science and children and it would be a perfect fit for me. I would love go to Oxford and was inspired by going there in Year 11 and listening to Newman students talking about their experience there and how much they love it.”
Caroline Derrett achieves 9 A*/As + a grade 9 and 2 x grade 8s
Caroline said “I feel really good! I’m really happy. I will be going to Newman College to study Maths, English Literature and Psychology. I want to go to University but I’m not sure what yet. My older siblings are at Cambridge and Leeds so I will see.”