GCSE Results 2019

The English Martyrs Catholic School and Sixth Form College are celebrating another excellent set of GCSE results.  Mirroring our excellent Sixth Form results last week, this year’s Progress 8 (value-added) at GCSE looks to be one of the best the school has ever had. The students have collectively achieved a total of sixty-five grade 9’s (or A** in the old grading system) and more than 1 in 5 of the total grades awarded were grade 7-9 (or A – A** in previous years). This places our Higher Attaining students in the top 20% for the country and, like last year, our value-added for all students is in line with the national expectation/averages.

There were many phenomenal individual performances from the class of 2019 and here’s a highlight:

Our top-performing female student, Rosie Tindall, was delighted to open her results and see she had achieved eight grade 9’s and 2 grade 8’s. An outstanding set of results which will not be bettered by many across the country.

Our highest achieving boy, Max Strelitz, was overjoyed to see six grade 9’s, three grade 8’s and one grade 7 when he opened his all-important envelope this morning.  A collection of grades that he was extremely proud of.

Other top performers included Katherine Mulvey and Molly Marshall who both achieved ten GCSE’s each at grade 7 and above with Luke Stokle, Lucy Moran and Josh Lyon also obtaining results made up with a majority of the top grades. 

There were many more fabulous results and it has been a great day with lots of joy and smiling faces.  The class of 2019 have done themselves very proud.

Headteacher, Stephen Hammond, said he was proud of what the students had achieved. He said: “There has been a national push from the DfE for schools to improve the performance of boys against girls and students who are disadvantaged compared to non-disadvantaged students.”

“We are delighted that our three areas which have been identified as areas to improve have all improved significantly from last year.”

“Our boys, our disadvantaged students and our Higher Attaining students have performed much better than last year which is a solid platform on which to aim even higher next year in our new school building.”


Performance Measure2017 Results2018 Results
Progress 8-0.39-0.13
Attainment 84.74.8
Level 5+ for English & Maths48%46.2%
% entered for English EBacc18%33.8%
% achieved English EBacc at level 5+12%17%
% of students staying in Education or Employment after Year 1187%Not Yet Available

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A Level Results 2020

As we entered March 2020, no one could have predicted the way that the next few months would unfold. Year 13, who were working tirelessly, diligently and conscientiously towards their A Level summer examinations, were presented with an unprecedented situation at such an important stage in their education and life. We are incredibly proud of how these young people have coped at this time – their strength, their fortitude and their resilience. It is qualities such as this which will take them far and we have no doubt that all of our students are moving on to bright futures.

Kate Mowbray

Kate Mowbray

As in previous years, the thriving college is delighted that many of the students have chosen to pursue degrees and careers in the health care profession – something that is more poignant than ever this year.

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of our NHS heroes are Brogan Unwin & Kate Mowbray. Kate achieved three A grades in Psychology, Biology and Chemistry and leaves EMS6 to pursue a degree in Medicine at Liverpool University with Brogan opting to study Medicine at Sunderland University after meeting the grade with his fantastic set of results.

Both Freya Turnbull and Chloe Scott are able to fulfil their dreams of studying Mental Health Nursing after securing excellent grades. Freya achieved outstanding results – an A* in Photography with two Distinction* grades in Health & Social Care – with Chloe almost mirroring this success.

A degree in Social Work at Teesside University beckons Louise Tilley as she collects two Distinction* grades in Health and Social Care and a B in Psychology. Fellow student Prisca Chavula is embarking upon a degree in Adult Nursing at Sunderland University after also achieving two Distinction* grades in Health and Social Care and a B in Photography.

However, students at English Martyrs have achieved success across diverse academic fields. Top performing male student, Thomas Bennett, has secured A* grades in Computer Science and Maths with two A grades in Further Maths & Physics.  This fantastic set of results allows him to embark upon a highly sought after degree apprenticeship in Computer Science at Leeds University. Thomas fought off tough competition to secure this with the backing of multinational firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The company pay his university fees, as well as paying him a salary, including integrated work placements as part of his degree offer and a guaranteed job with the company once he has successfully completed his degree. An incredible opportunity!

Thomas Bennett

Thomas Bennett

Josh Cain

Josh Cain

Despite securing a place at Oxford University, Head Student, Josh Cain, has instead chosen to cross the border into Scotland and study Ancient History & Archaeology at the University of St. Andrews, the oldest of the four ancient universities of Scotland. With an A* grade in Law and two A grades in History and Religious Studies, he looks set for future success.

Creative talent is in abundance at EMS6 and this cohort of students is testament to that. Two students will be joining Huddersfield University in September. Hannah Dixon, who achieved three A grades, leaves to study Costume & Textiles, while star of our school musicals, James Ellingford, is leaving us to study Music & Performance.

Other top performing students include Shervon Sarimento with an A* in Graphics and A grades in Art and Product Design, Nathan Hall with A grades in Biology, Chemistry and a B grade in Maths and Eboney Williams with an A* in Art, A grade in Geography and B in English Language.

Here at English Martyrs, we recognise that university is not the right pathway for everyone and our fantastic and specialist careers team help students navigate the opportunities open to them. After both securing excellent results, Kane Emmerson is just a fitness test away from a career in the RAF and Katie Herbert has secured a highly competitive PwC Internship in London.

Headteacher Stephen Hammond said: “We are extremely proud of all of our students. We are pleased that they are able to pursue their intended pathways, which includes places at some of the most prestigious universities, on highly competitive degree courses, including Medicine. I want to take this opportunity to thank the students and staff for all of their hard work throughout their time at the college and I wish them good luck in the future”.

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Katie Herbert

Katie Herbert