GCSE Results 2017  Congratulations to our Year 11 pupils on their achievements in this summer’s examinations. 46% of our pupils achieved a 7-9 grade in English and Mathematics (the new top grades for these subjects) or grades A*- A for all other subjects. At a time when examinations are becoming more challenging, it is simply inspirational to see our students rise to the challenge and work even harder to achieve and surpass their target grades.  The new GCSEs for English, English Literature and Maths are now graded on 1-9, with a 4 or higher being considered to be a 'standard pass' or equivalent to a C. 80% of our students achieved a grade 9-4 in English and 70% achieved a grade 9-4 in Maths. The grade 9 in these subjects is intended to be very rare - far more so than A* grades on previous GCSEs - and we are very proud that our students attained 12 of these grades: 8 in English and 4 in Maths, putting their results in the top 2% nationally. Pupils achieved 223 A* A/ 8 – 9 grades and 261 A* A/ 7 – 9.  We have also seen continued success across the breadth of our curriculum and across our EBacc subjects, with A*-C results of 69% in Geography, 67% in History, 79% in Computer Science and 75% in French and 95% in Spanish.  As a Catholic School where all students study RE to GCSE level, we are delighted at the year-on-year successes of our RE department, with 71% of students achieving A*-C grades and over 20% achieving top A*-A grades.  Results in many other areas of the curriculum were also excellent, particularly in Separate Science where 94% of students gained A*-C in Physics, 90% in Chemistry, 87% in Biology. Additionally, 54 pupils achieved a*- A grades in Science.  23 pupils achieved 5+ A* A/ 7 – 9, 75 pupils achieved at least 1 A* A/ 7 – 9 and 71 pupils achieved at least 1 A* A/ 8 – 9.  We wish all those in the class of 2017 every success for their future studies and we are very proud of the young people they have become and all that they have achieved.