St Ambrose hails “very strong” year as GCSE results improve

By David Prior at

GCSE results improved again at St Ambrose College with acting principal Dermot Rainey paying tribute to the boys’ resilience and “healthy competitive spirit”.

The Attainment 8 ratio, the government’s benchmark denoting the average of all grades, increased from 68.8 to just shy of 70, with the key Progress 8 score – denoting just how much the boys have progressed since the age of 11 – “likely to be higher yet again”.

Over 56% of all grades were at 9 to 7 or the former A* to A grades.

Mr Rainey said: “This has been a very strong year group, with an exceptional work ethic, who enjoy healthy competition among themselves. They have been helped by a committed, professional staff who want the very best for all the boys in their classes.

“The additional pressures on both students and staff with the ever more demanding content across all subjects should not be underestimated, yet all parts of the college community have adapted, and with tremendous parental support have ensured that the outcomes for the boys are very strong at St Ambrose.”

Pictured (from left): Matthew Morys-Edge, 16, got four 9s, six 8s and an A in Further Maths; Samuel Scapens, 16, got five 9s, three 8s, one 7 and A* with Distinction in Further Maths; Niall Devlin, 16, got seven 9s, an 8 and a 6 with an A* and an A* with distinction; Thomas Diffley, 16, got six 9s, three 8s one 7 and an A; Conor Healy, 16, got seven 9s, two 8s and one 7; Rory Williams, 16, got a stunning nine 9s and two A*s among only 732 students nationwide to record a clean sweep of top grades; Abhishek Alex also got the full nine 9s with A8 and an A* with Distinction; Conor Quah got four 9s, five 8s a 7 and an A grade; Eamonn Gilmore, 16 got ten 9s and an A* with distinction; Matthew Doyle, 16, got seven 9s. three 8s and an A* with distinction; Samuel Lopes, 16, got nine 9s, one 8 and an A* while water polo player John Bolton got five 9s, four 8s and a 7