At St Mary’s, we are proud of the excellent exam results students achieve year on year. A-level results are now among the very highest in the north-east. The overall pass rate for A-levels was 99.5%. An amazing 42% of all A-level entries were A*-A, (up from 32% last year). 68% of entries were A*-B and 90% A*/C. These are all new records for the school and well above the national and regional averages. Remarkably, 19 of St Mary’s A-level students each achieved straight A*-As in their A-levels, which is an outstanding achievement.

Vocational A levels were equally impressive. The pass rate was 100% and an incredible 70% of entries were Distinctions or starred Distinctions, with 96% at Merit level or higher. 22 of St Mary’s students achieved Distinctions or starred Distinctions in all of their qualifications, which is also a fantastic achievement.

These outstanding exam results can be summarized as follows:

  • 42% of A Level grades were A* or A
  • 68 A*-B
  • 90% A*-C
  • Average grade for students taking 3 A-Levels was B+, which was better than every school in the city apart from RGS. The Newcastle and National average for this was C+.
  • 38% of A Level pupils got AAB with 2 or more “facilitating subjects”. National average is 16.2%. Newcastle average is 11.6%. The footnote on the performance tables describing facilitating subjects is “Facilitating A levels are ones that are commonly needed for entry to leading universities. They are: biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, further mathematics, geography, history, English literature and classical or modern languages.”
  • Vocational students average a Distinction in each subject (best in the city) and this is equivalent to an A at A-Level.