Denise Ritchie, Head of School at St Wilfrid’s RC College said:

“St Wilfrid’s RC College, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, is delighted to celebrate with our wonderful and inspirational Year 13 students who have received their A Level results today. The whole school community is beaming – we could not be prouder of the way that they have coped with the disruption to learning caused by the Covid pandemic; they have adapted their learning and demonstrated positivity, fortitude and resilience throughout.

Yet again, St Wilfrid’s students have achieved some outstanding results, which have allowed them to access the next stage of their education, training or employment. The average grade for the cohort is Grade B with an impressive 42.5% of grades at A*- A and 72.3% of grades at A*- B (including equivalents). 29% of A Level students achieved AAB including two facilitating subjects – this is a fantastic achievement.

Our fabulous students will attend a range of universities, examples include: Amanda Taylor who will be going to study Chemistry at Oxford University after attaining three A* grades; Hannah Ebberson achieved three A* grades and will be studying Biomedical Genetics at Newcastle University and Milla Withers who has also secured a place at Newcastle University to study Biochemistry after achieving three A*s.

We are thrilled that Beverley Gonsalves has been successful in gaining a place at Kings College London to study Medicine.  We are delighted to have a number of students who have secured top apprenticeships with national companies and others choosing to enter the world of work.

The staff and governors at St Wilfrid’s wish their students the very best of luck with their chosen next steps – it has been a privilege to have worked with them and we sincerely hope they find fulfilment in the next stage of their career progression.”


Frances Cessford, headteacher at St Bede’s Catholic School & Byron Sixth Form College, said:

“We are truly delighted for our students; they have had a tough academic journey, with the pressures of COVID creating challenges for the past three years. They are a fantastic cohort who have displayed exceptional resilience, fortitude and drive over their academic journey here at St. Bede’s Catholic School and Byron Sixth Form, part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust.

Our leavers are heading to a wide range of academically renowned institutions across the UK, as well as other routes such as Degree Apprenticeships and employment. These students are a true testament to the power of education and the calibre of our curriculum and staff within St. Bede’s and Byron.

Within the cohort, 72% of students secured at least one A*/A grade with 48% achieving at least two A*/A grades. We are particularly proud that our curriculum challenges students to the highest levels of academic success, with 10% of all grades being A*. A reflection of our unrestricted ambition for all of our students.

A high proportion of students are heading to Russell Group universities, including Durham, Manchester, Exeter, Glasgow, Dundee, Leeds and Newcastle to read courses including computer science, history and politics, English literature and radiography.

Students of particular achievement are Hollie Akers, securing A*A*A* to read History at Durham,  University Ellie White, achieving A*AA to read Mathematics at Manchester University, Olivia Brown, achieving AAA to purse Modern Foreign Languages at Durham University as well as Lucy English achieving formidable results of A* Distinction* Distinction*.

We are proud of every single one of our students’ diverse destinations, with Ben Masters pursuing a Degree Apprenticeship in Digital & Technology Solutions through world renowned firm, Accenture, learning and earning simultaneously through a partnership with Newcastle University.

One of our leavers, Tom Hilton, has also performed exceptionally and of particular note, achieving A*A*A to attend the University of St Andrews to study Medicine, despite numerous challenges over the course of his education. Tom was one of first generation of Ambition Scholars at St Bede’s & Byron Sixth Form.

To our class of 2022, we, the entire school community, would like to thank you for your passion, determination and hard work during your time within our school. We know you are all going to make massive contributions in your respective fields to grow into leaders of the future – we are so proud of you, best of luck!”


Carly Curry, Assistant Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy, said:

“St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy, part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, celebrates a 100% pass rate for their year 13 students.  Almost 30% were at grade A or higher and 85% were at grade C or above.

We are very proud of all of our students, whose hard work, determination and commitment has been recognised in these results.  Of course, these are the first formal external examinations this year group have sat and they have truly showcased their abilities.

There were some significant individual performances from students who managed to achieve 3 grade A’s or higher:

Lucy Smith (who achieved 3 A*) will study English at the University of Liverpool, Darcey Wilkinson will study nursing at Northumbria University, Emily Martin will study Politics at Durham University, Poppy Docherty will study Chemistry at Newcastle University.

Also, former South Tyneside Unsung Hero (Shields Gazette), James Mole, secured an A* in politics, will be studying International Relations and Politics at Northumbria University.

Finally, Tom Archibald will be taking an apprenticeship as a recruitment and finance consultant after achieving two distinction stars and a grade B in A level Law.

We wish all of our students the very best as they leave us to follow their chosen career pathway.”

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