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100% pass rate at St. Mary's College

Staff and students at St. Mary’s College are celebrating an A Level ‘full house’ after candidates achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in the key examinations, up from 98 per cent in 2013. This summer has also seen a significant increase in the number of straight A students at St. Mary’s with a quarter of all candidates achieving three or more A* or A grades. Overall, more than a third of all passes (36 per cent) were at A* or A grade, a big rise on 27 per cent 12 months ago.
Of the students who achieved all A passes, six are going on to study medicine or dentistry at university. They are would-be doctors Jack Gordon, Christina Houghton, Bethan James, Katie Malone and Grace Navin, and aspiring dentist Lucy Marray.
Principal, Mike Kennedy, said, “We’ve got double reason to celebrate this year - a 100 per cent pass rate plus a very pleasing increase in the number of passes at the highest grade. The 100 per cent achievement is particularly encouraging and shows that we’re bucking the trend in a year which has seen a decline in the national pass rate figures for the first time in more than three decades. Overall these are very good results which reflect the hard work and commitment of our students and staff over the years, and also the support they have received from their parents during their time at the school. Thanks to their A Level achievements, our Upper Sixth Formers will now be able to pursue the wide range of higher education and career options they have chosen. We are sad to see them go, but we know they will be a credit to themselves, their families and St. Mary’s in whatever they do in the future.”


St. Mary's science enthusiasts head for Royal Society Exhibition


Students from St. Mary’s travelled to London last week to learn about the latest cutting-edge developments in science and technology. Fourteen enthusiastic members of the school’s Science Club visited the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition at the organisation’s Carlton House Terrace HQ just off The Mall, close to Buckingham Palace.
The Royal Society is the world’s oldest and most celebrated learned society dedicated to the sciences. It was founded in 1660 and its Presidents have included iconic names such as Christopher Wren, Samuel Pepys and Isaac Newton.
The Summer Science Exhibition is widely regarded as a must-see showcase for British innovation, focusing on everything from antibiotics to x-rays. Visitors are able to enjoy hands-on experiments, panel discussions and a wide range of family activities.
St. Mary’s College now has close links with the Royal Society after last year it became the first school on Merseyside - and only the second in the North West - to be recognised as an Associate School by the organisation.
The St. Mary’s students were accompanied on the London trip by Head of Science Bob Johnston and his colleagues Linda Clark and Liz Shaw. Mr Johnston was making his final college trip as he retires this summer after teaching at St. Mary’s for 39 years.
He said, “It was a fantastic experience for these pupils to visit the home of British science and see some of the exciting research that is in the pipeline. Travelling to and from the capital in a single day was a long and tiring journey, but well worth the effort thanks to the quality of the exhibition.”

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