Elated pupils at S. Anselm’s College, Bakewell, are celebrating a year of exceptional GCSE results with a 100% pass rate.

An amazing 20% of all grades achieved by S. Anselm’s pupils were at Grade 9. Further highlights this year include:

  • 38% passing at Level 8 and above
  • 60% passing at Level 7 and above

In each category performance has increased markedly, far exceeding the overall gains nationally.

38.8% of S. Anselm’s grades were 8 and 9, 23% above the national figure. For Grades 6 to 9, S. Anselm’s pupils were 38% above the national figure. The majority of our pupils achieved at least one grade higher per subject on average than predicted by national standardisation and these achievements are all the more remarkable given that we are a non-selective school.


Fantastic results for Head Boy

Head Boy, Theo gained nine Grade 9s and one Grade 8 in this year’s GCSEs. A pupil since Year 3, Theo says he can’t single out any one teacher to credit his success.

“They were all amazing.” He said.

“In fact the teaching was really focused. I always felt like I could ask a question, no matter what, and not feel judged.” He added.

Particular highlights for Theo included the school trips and the Pentathlon in 2019. Theo will take a place at Cheadle Hulme School to study Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Latin. He is considering a career one day in software design.


Pleasant surprises for Orla

Delighted Orla achieved four Grade 8s, two Grade 7s and three Grade 6s. She now has everything she needs to go on to Tytherington 6th Form in Macclesfield to study Biology, Psychology, History and English Literature at A Level.

Orla said,

“I was really pleased with my results and delighted that I did better in Maths and Textiles than I had expected. S. Anselm’s College is a really tightly knit community. I joined in Year 9 and was initially nervous, however I made friends really quickly and found all the teachers so supportive. I’m excited about studying for A Levels but I will really miss this very special school.”

Great teaching adds up for star pupil Jack

Jack was ecstatic to discover he had been awarded nine Grade 9s and one Grade 8 in his subjects. Jack will now go on to study Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry A Levels at St Mary’s High School in Derbyshire.

Jack joined the College in Year 9. On his memories of S. Anselm’s, Jack said, “What I liked best about the College was the small class sizes. It felt really personal as though every teacher knew me well. I also loved all the school trips. I’m looking forward to my next adventure. However I will really miss the teachers and the friends I have made at S. Anselm’s.”


Academic Awards

One S. Anselm’s student has achieved an Academic Exhibition to Repton, another an Academic Award to Cheadle Hulme School and two have achieved Art Scholarships to Denstone College.

The school’s Head, Mr Frank Thompson, said,

“I am very proud of the superb results our pupils have achieved this year and delighted that they will be going on to both top local sixth form colleges and leading independent schools for advanced studies, such as Manchester Grammar School, JCB Academy and Repton.

The hard work of both the students and their teachers has been rewarded. Through the unprecedented challenges they have faced, our College pupils have grown into conscientious, capable and resilient young people. During lockdown we remained in regular contact with our Year 11s, finishing the GCSE courses and moving on to A Level bridging work so that they could excel in their post-16 studies. We are looking forward to celebrating their success together at our Certification Evening in November.”

S. Anselm’s College accepts pupils from Year 9 and offers a range of GCSE subjects within a small class size setting. Please visit https://sanselms.co.uk/college/ or phone 01629 812734 to discover more.