Students and staff celebrate a superb set of A Level results

Sixth Form students and staff at St Joseph’s College are celebrating a superb set of A Level results this morning! With 85% of entries achieving A*-C grades and a fantastic 18% of all entries achieving A*’s, there is much to celebrate.

24% of students achieved straight A*/A grades and have secured places on competitive courses at some of the country’s leading universities.

There were particularly strong performances in Drama, French, Art and Religious Studies, with all departments receiving 100% A*-A grades.

Once again, the range of courses and universities is extremely exciting, proving that no one route fits all. Students will soon be studying courses ranging from Medicine, Maths, and Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology, to Modern Languages, Law, and Production and Sound Engineering, at universities from Bristol to London, from Newcastle to Southampton.

We are also proud of our students for the other skills that they have learned at St Joseph’s, which will equip them for success at university and beyond. As well as studying for A Levels, they have spent their two years of Sixth Form broadening their horizons, learning life skills and preparing for the future – whether being part of the CAFOD Youth Leadership scheme, or running their own company as part of the Young Enterprise programme.

Andrew Colpus, Headmaster at St Joseph’s, said:

“I am delighted to congratulate our students on a superb set of exam results that are a true reflection of their hard work. I recognise that this has been a difficult year, with our students facing much uncertainty due to covid-19. I am extremely proud of all that they have achieved and wish them the best of luck as they move on to the next stage of their education.

I would also like to recognise and thank our remarkable staff, who have guided our students through an unpredictable year and supported them every step of the way.”

Richardson House Captain, Lucy, had a big smile on her face this morning after receiving her A Level Results. “I am so completely happy! I got  three A’s and an A*, and can’t wait to start at my first choice university, Newcastle, to study Modern Languages.”

Lucy achieved an A* in her Extended Project Qualification, for which she received international recognition. She chose to study and write about her family in Poland during World War II and was featured in a Newspaper article from the Tydzien Polski (a London-based Polish newspaper). The paper includes a photo of her and her Babcia (Polish for Grandmother) presenting her EPQ, titled ‘A Historical Biography in the style of Andrew Borowiec’ to the Consul General, Mr Mateusz Stąsiekm, who later contacted Lucy to praise her interest in all Poland related matters and for making the most of her Homelands’ rich heritage.

Deputy Head Boy, Louis, is extremely excited to start his next adventure at Abbey Road Institute, after achieving three A*’s and an A in his A Levels. Louis has chosen to study Production and Sound Engineering – a stepping stone into a career in the music industry .

After his A Level exams were cancelled, Louis teamed up with the music department to produce St Joseph’s very first and hugely successful Virtual Music Concert. He used this project as preparation for his course at Abbey Road Institute and even produced his own composition for the event.

Sam is celebrating today after achieving A*’s in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, and an A in Chemistry. He is thrilled to have gained a place at his first choice university, Southampton, to study Electronic Engineering and Nanotechnology.

Having joined in Year 7, Sam quickly highlighted himself as a key source of help for all things technical at St Joseph’s, often helping out with drama productions and music concerts. Earlier this year, Sam helped staff produce over 2000 face shields for frontline workers by optimising the material settings on the school laser cutter, allowing it to work twice as fast.

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