Students and employees at St Peter’s Catholic Academy are proud to announce their 2017 GCSE examination results which gave them much to celebrate. There were many individual success stories, including the noteworthy achievements of four exceptional students who secured four Grade 9s in English and Maths – this grade is only achieved by the top 3% of students in the country.

Highlights of St Peter’s 2017 GCSE examination results include the following:

  • Performance in the English Baccalaureate jumped from 14% to 20% in one year.
  • History saw a 16% increase in results in the higher grades of A*-C.
  • Product Design and PE both increased by over 35% on last year’s results.
  • Art students once again achieved 88% in the higher A*-C grades (against a national average of 76%)
  • Four students achieved the coveted highest grade 9 in new style English and Maths examinations.

In addition to the overall trend of improvement, there have been some outstanding individual performances:

  • Harry Twohig, Head Boy, achieved a spectacular 14 GCSEs: including 2 grade 9s in English literature and language, 1 grade 8 in Maths (3A*, 6A, 1B, 1xDistinction*)
  • Pijus Girdenis was awarded an incredible 12 GCSEs: including a grade 9 in Maths, (1X7, 4A*, 5A, 1B, 1xDistinction*)
  • Joseph McGowan secured an amazing 14 GCSEs (add detail 2×8, 1×7, 6A, 4B, 1xDistinction*)
  • Joseph Burnett achieved an excellent set of results with 14 GCSEs with (add detail 1×9, 2×7, 5A, 4B, 1C, 1xDistinction*)

Harry, Joseph Mc and Joseph B are all former students of St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary Academy and Pijus joined St Peter’s from Southbank Primary.

Other notable successes include the following students who have performed exceptionally high on their progress scale and achieved excellent results: Grace Taylor, Daryle White, Maisie Woodcock, Ellie Smith, Mathew Lee, Rhys Hume, Taylor Young, Luke Ferguson and Jack Rankin.

Speaking of his results Harry, Head Boy said:

“It is down to the dedicated hard working staff at St Peter’s, who have always pushed me to do my best that I am who I am today. They believed in me and because of this I have many opportunities open to me in the future. Thanks to ‘Imagine You Can- National Citizen Service’, which I became aware of and involved in through St Peter’s, I had the incredible opportunity to meet Theresa May yesterday on her visit to Teesside. This experience will stay with me forever.”

Delighted students, parents and employees celebrated the successes of the year group at the Academy and received further careers advice and guidance as they looked ahead to their exciting next steps. With these results, the Academy’s aspirational students have established firm foundations for future academic and professional success. The vast majority of leavers have secured their first choice place in education or training.

Headteacher, Mrs Hammond said:

“I would like to congratulate the Class of 2017 on this set of results. They worked extremely hard all year, together with their teachers, and put in some very long hours. They attended a range of revision classes, out of school hours, in order to secure their targets. They are a credit to themselves and their families. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank employees for their hard work and commitment. We really are delighted for our students, their families and our community. It has been a time of good progress and improvement at the Academy and we are confident this will continue apace.”

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