St. Peter’s Catholic School Dances its Way to A-Level Success
Sixth form students and teachers at St. Peter’s Catholic School in Solihull are celebrating another record year of A-Level successes. Not only did most of them achieve A*-C grades, a higher proportion than ever gained places at prestigious Russell Group universities, including three at the University of Oxford.
Ciaran Coyle, has plenty to smile about. After winning the 2019 All Ireland Irish Dancing Championships followed by the 2019 World Irish Dancing Championships, he went on to achieve an impressive three A* grades in Biology, Chemistry and Geography. He will be going on to study Dentistry at Queen’s University Belfast. Chemistry teacher, Amanda Crees said ‘Ciaran’s grades are impressive on their own. Even more impressive is that he was travelling around the world competing at the highest level and studying for three tough subjects at the same time.’
Rebecca Bloomer achieved A* in Maths and A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Further Maths. She will be studying Medicine at Worcester College, University of Oxford. She will be joined at Oxford by James Simpson who will be reading English and German at St. Edmund Hall College and Abigail Fox who will be reading English at Balliol College.
Ellen Mills, Grace Carpenter, Joe Davey, Adrian Jaskolski, Harriet Lea and Sam McLoughlin are also celebrating achieving 3 A*/A grades. Sam has beaten off the competition of thousands of other applicants to gain a place on PWC’s coveted degree level apprenticeship in Business, Accounting and Finance at the University of Newcastle. Richard Pinnell has also secured a prestigious apprenticeship in Robotics with Kuka UK Robotics and Eleanor Cardoza will be doing a Brightstart Apprenticeship with Deloitte in Birmingham.
Marie Murphy, Headteacher said ‘The fact that nearly 80% of grades were A*-C, with over half grade B or higher and over a quarter A or A* is no accident. The students have worked incredibly hard throughout their time at St. Peter’s and the amazing results come from their commitment and the dedication of their teachers. I know that staff and students have given up their free time, including holidays, to work for the results we are celebrating today and I am incredibly proud of their success. I wish them well in their next chapter whether that’s university, an apprenticeship or employment.’
Other students celebrating outstanding results include Luke Monaghan A*AB, Michael Power A*AB, Dila Gunes A*ABC, Blake Woodward AAA, Matthew McMahon AAB and Tom Power AAB. Anika Dossa will be fulfilling her dream of studying Medicine at University of Leicester after gaining A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Maths.
Duncan Carr, Assistant Headteacher responsible for the sixth form said ‘Since I started in this role last September I have been encouraging the students to believe in themselves. I am thrilled that they have listened and gone the extra mile, some of them going way beyond what they thought they were capable of. I wish them all good luck, whatever they do in the future!’