A Level Results Day 2020: St Thomas the Apostle Sixth Form celebrates students’ triumph

Katherine Johnston (13 August, 2020)

Despite an unprecedented year, 88 per cent of all A Levels grades awarded were A*, A or B

38229Socially distanced students collecting their results

St Thomas the Apostle School is delighted that its students have ‘triumphed’ in their A Levels after an exceptionally difficult year.

The sixth form announced today that 88 per cent of all A Levels grades awarded were A*, A or B, with half of all students achieving at least one A* or A grade.

Other highlights include: 

  • More than a quarter (28 per cent) of all A Level grades being awarded as A* or A 
  • Nearly a quarter of students achieving AAB or higher
  • The average grade achieved by A Level students being a B
  • Eighty-five per cent of BTEC students being awarded a distinction or distinction*
  • Over 70 per cent of all students in Computer Science, Economics, English Literature, French, History, Italian, Maths, Further Maths, Portuguese, Spanish and Sociology achieved A*-B

A statement from the school explained: “The results are testament to hard work and close collaboration between staff, students and parents alike and see our students heading off to prestigious universities and apprenticeships.”

Headteacher Eamon Connolly said: “Despite these challenging times I continue to be in awe and proud of STAC Year Thirteen students, they have achieved outstanding results and gained places in some of the best universities in the country. 

“They have shown unparalleled grit, determination and resilience throughout this period of uncertainty and have demonstrated huge strength of character which will hold them in good stead for whatever challenges they face’. 

One student, Joshua Aboiye, gained three A*s and will be heading to Oxford to study Chemistry. 

He said: “This isn’t the end to my STAC journey I was expecting! I’ve been a STAC student since Year Seven, arriving from St George’s RC Primary School in 2013. 

“Each year I’ve enjoyed working hard and taking advantage of what the school offers. 

“It was a no-brainer that I stayed at STAC for sixth form. The teachers are great and we can strike the balance here between work and fun. 

“It has always been about more than grades, but personal development too. Thanks to the support received, I am delighted to have achieved A* grades in Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry and will be going to the University of Oxford in September.  I’m also so proud of how my friends have done too.”

Another student, David Ayeni, said: “Growing up I really underestimated the power of education, I never knew how happy learning could make someone until I came to STAC. 

“My seven year experience here wasn’t just all books and libraries but here at STAC I feel like I became part of something bigger, a family. This is what I attribute all my achievements to. 

“The ethos here at STAC is one that moulds you into an individual who is destined to succeed. 

“A major factor of that is the teachers who are always on hand to guide, support and advise you in your moments of need. 

“I’m proud to be a STAC student and I can honestly say that coming to this school is the best decision I ever made. I will miss it!”

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