Monthly Archives - August 2022

GCSE Results

Painsley College Students Achieve Above and Beyond

In what has been another challenging year for students and staff across the country, students at Painsley Catholic College have achieved above and beyond their potential. Year 11 have been through two years of disruption to education and a third year of uncertainty as to whether examinations would proceed. Throughout the lockdown and during periods of self-isolation, the College continued to ‘live’ teach the students via an IT platform, offering a full timetable to all Year groups.  Indeed, Painsley continued to develop expertise in the remote delivery of the curriculum.  There is no doubt that this commitment is an indicator of the outstanding quality of education that Painsley offers, as our Ofsted report (May 2022) documents. The GCSE outcomes reflect this success as the College is celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results with 91% of the Year 11 students at the non-selective academy achieving the standard pass (grade 4) in English and 85% in mathematics. Furthermore, the College is delighted with the fact that 84% achieved the standard pass and 62% the strong pass (grade 5) in both English and maths. Staff at the College used the pre-release information from the awarding bodies to tailor the students’ exam preparation. Mrs Waugh, Principal, commented: “I am proud and delighted that the teaching staff worked with such commitment and professionalism to support, guide and reassure the students throughout the academic year. The outcomes of this are evident in the excellent results received by the students.” Top performances include: Livia Santos -  9 grade 9s and 2 grade 8s, Cara McCarney - 9 grade 9s and 2 grade 8s, Rebekah Howard -  6 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s and 2 grade 7s, Holly Stones -  6 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s a grade 7 and 6 and George Kyte - 6 grade 9s 2 grade 8s and 2 grade 7s. The students who have made the most significant progress from KS2, averaging 3 grades higher than the expected standard, include Ben Lancaster, Livia Santos, Alfred Sebastian, Heather Smith, Rose Stockley and Freddie Wood. Mrs Waugh continued: “I am thrilled to be able to share these phenomenal results with the students. The students have worked with drive and determination throughout the last five years, despite the obvious difficulties they have faced. I wish the students every success as they continue their journey and I look forward to welcoming the majority of the students into the Painsley’s Outstanding Sixth Form in September (as graded by Ofsted in May 2022). I would like to pay particular thanks to the dedication and commitment of the staff at Painsley, teaching and non-teaching, who constantly provide an exceptional learning experience and willingly go the extra mile on behalf of the students. I am truly grateful to them all for their professionalism. I would like to thank our parents who have supported the students and the staff of the school throughout their time at the College; the effective partnership between home and school is instrumental to the success of the students.” Painsley Catholic College is the home to The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub, Behaviour hub and Maths hub. In this capacity, Painsley works closely with other schools to ensure the very best practice in relation to teacher recruitment, retention, and professional development and behaviour systems for the benefit of all the students. Additionally, we have opened a newly refurbished gym and digital hub to facilitate the digital T Level curriculum on offer in our thriving Sixth Form. Parents interested in sending their child to Painsley should be aware that parents have the opportunity to attend Open Evening on Wednesday 14th September at 6:00pm, which will include a tour of the college, an address by the Principal and an opportunity to discuss questions with the Leadership Group and Senior Student Leaders. To sign up to the Opening Evening please follow  
GSCE Results

Best ever GCSE results for BWH!

Blessed William Howard Catholic High School, Stafford is extremely pleased to report its best ever examination results at GCSE.

Mr Brown, Principal, commented, “Students at Blessed William Howard have risen to the many challenges they have faced through two incredibly tough years, making their achievements this year so well deserved and special. I would like to congratulate the students on their fantastic achievements and resilience. I would also like to thank the staff for their true dedication and commitment, which have enabled students to achieve their true potential. Our students should be very proud of their GCSE results which reflect the fact that Blessed William Howard is now amongst the top performing schools."

Some of the top performers include:

Conor Donnelly achieved 9 grade 9s, a grade 8 and a Distinction*

Gabriel Davis achieved 7 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s and a grade 7 and a Distinction*

Isla McEwen achieved 10 GCSEs of grade 9 to 7,  (5 of which were at the highest grade 9) together with a Distinction*

 Ruby Bishop achieved 10 GCSE grades all grades 9 to 7. In addition, Ruby secured a Distinction*.

BWH would also like to congratulate Tom Wildman, for the special achievement of making the most progress. He achieved a whopping 10 GCSEs  - 7 grades 9-7 and the remaining 3 at grade 5 or above. Well done, Tom!

  • Across the year 2022, we have seen a significant improvement in the number of students achieving their target grades
  • 83% achieved grade 4 or above in English
  • 75% achieved grade 4 or above in Mathematics
  • Over 210 grades awarded were at 8/9/Distinction/Distinction*
  • One in four grades awarded in 2022 were grades 9 to 7
  • 42% of students achieved a fantastic distinction* or distinction in their vocational qualifications with a 98% pass rate
  • Over three quarters of grades awarded were a standard pass (grade 4 and above)

It is difficult to pick out individual subjects, but results are especially favourable in Mathematics, English, Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Computer Science, History, Art, Food and Music.

We wish all our Year 11 students the very best of luck in the future and look forward to welcoming many of them back into the sixth form.

Anyone interested in joining our Sixth Form, in September 2022, should contact Mrs R Broomhall (Head of Sixth Form) - or Mrs Deakin (School Business Manager) on 01785 244236 ext. 204. We would also like to welcome prospective parents of students in Year 6) to our Open Evening on 13th September at 6.00pm – all welcome please register if you would like to attend or find out more.

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T Level Results

First Ever T Level Results For Painsley Sixth Form – 100% at Merit or Above!

  • 100% of Students achieve at least a Merit, while 60% achieved a Distinction at the end of their two years of study.
  • In 2020 Painsley Catholic College became one of the first providers across the country to offer the brand new T Level
  • Two years on, Painsley Catholic College is celebrating the first cohort of T Level students to get their results
This summer, the first cohort of T Level students are finishing their courses and Painsley Catholic College is marking this moment by celebrating their success. All students achieved at least a Merit with 60% of students achieving a Distinction, exceeding their predicted targets. Painsley Catholic College was one of the first providers to offer these brand new qualifications to students in Staffordshire in 2020. T Levels are qualifications for 16 to 19 year olds, taken after GCSEs. They are equivalent in size to three A levels and focus on technical and vocational skills. They can help students into skilled employment, higher study at university or apprenticeships. These pioneering new qualifications have been designed in collaboration with leading employers to provide the skills that businesses across the region need. T Levels are unique as they combine classroom study with industry placements so young people gain valuable work experience in their chosen sector. Many local businesses including VX Fiber, Parker Software and Tracsis are embracing T Levels as a great way to find, nurture and secure young talent. Jake Steele is one of the first ever students to complete a T Level. Jake studied Digital Production, Design and Development and completed his placement at VX Fiber. Jake recently secured a full-time position at VX Fiber where he has started employment as a Junior Hub Co-ordinator providing support for the IT infrastructure across the nationwide business. Jake said, “I’m incredibly excited to be one of the first ever students to complete a T Level course. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two years of my course and my industry placement at VX Fiber really reinforced my passion for working in the Digital sector. I’m looking forward to my next steps where I will be working at VX Fiber whilst studying a degree at Staffordshire University”. Alongside Jake’s success, other students too have secured employment directly because of the T Level. Thomas Haines who completed his placement at Tracsis has secured a higher level apprenticeship starting in September, whilst Marcus Alcock has already started work as a software developer at FR Systems. Both students have been awarded a Distinction. Another student, Ethan Steele, was equally praiseworthy of the provision Painsley Catholic College has given him to help prepare for the course. Ethan said, “I am thrilled with the Distinction that I have achieved in my Digital T-Level and feel that my hard work has really paid off. My time at Painsley Sixth Form has been a great adventure over the course of the past two years. The staff behind our T Level course put an amazing amount of effort into ensuring that our needs were always met, as well as providing an incredible amount of support before, during and after our examination periods”. Mrs Waugh, Principal of Painsley Catholic College said, “We’re incredibly proud to be celebrating the success of our first ever cohort of T Level students this summer. We were among the first providers in the country to offer these brilliant new qualifications, and it has been fantastic to see how they have been embraced by young people. I’m excited to see our students build on their success as they prepare for their next step - whether that be straight into the world of work, university or other post 18 options such as an apprenticeship.” Painsley Catholic College currently offers the Digital Production, Design and Development T Level. This helps to prepare students for work in the Digital Sector to start their careers in areas such as software development. From 2023, Painsley Catholic College will be expanding their T Level provision into other areas such as Business Management and Administration. If you are interested in applying for T Levels or would like to find out more about the new courses on offer for 2023 then please visit the Painsley Catholic College Sixth Form website - and click on the T Levels link.
Excellent results for BWH

BWH Sixth Formers Celebrate Excellent Results

Blessed William Howard students are celebrating excellent A level results. This year, for Year 13 students, their A level and vocational exams were the first public examinations they have sat. 

Mr Karl Brown, Principal, commented, “Students at Blessed William Howard have risen to the many challenges they have faced through the pandemic, which makes their achievements this year so well deserved and so special. I would like to congratulate the students on their fantastic achievements and thank the staff for their true dedication and commitment, which have enabled students to achieve their true potential. 

It is difficult to pick out individual subjects, but results are especially favourable in Mathematics (including Further Mathematics), Biology, Philosophy and Ethics, History and Art and Design. We are delighted that all subjects have performed brilliantly. Success runs throughout the academic and vocational routes with all students able to access their next steps.”

The average grade achieved by all students across three A-Levels was a B-, which is a remarkable achievement. Other noteworthy results include the fact that 1 in 4 students achieved A*/A grades and over 80% of students secured A* to C grades. Overall, our students achieved 99% of grades A*-E.

Some of the top performers include:

  • Harvey Challinor achieved 4 A*s and will study Computer Science at Cambridge University
  • Dylan Smith who achieved 4 A grades and is going on to study Veterinary Medicine at Nottingham.
  • Edward Steele who achieved 3A*s and 2 A grades and is going on to study Mathematics and Physics at Warwick
  • Grace Wetton who achieved D*D* in Health and Social Care National Diploma and is going on to study Primary Education at Edge Hill 

The school is particularly delighted that students, on average, achieved their target grades across all their subjects.

We wish all our Year 13 students the very best of luck in the future. Anyone interested in joining our Sixth Form, in September 2022, should contact Mrs Deakin on 01785 244236 ext. 204.

Best ever results!

Best Ever Results for Painsley Sixth Form

2022 has been a highly successful year for Painsley Sixth Form College in so many ways.  We were rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in May 2022.  The inspectors praised our enrichment, careers provision and quality of education.  Following this success, we have now achieved our best ever results! As the first cohort to receive grades via examinations since 2019, our sixth form students have made us and themselves extremely proud. They have achieved outstanding grades and many have secured places in the top universities whilst others are embarking on some fantastic degree apprenticeships. Having not sat official GCSE examinations, our learners were naturally anxious about sitting their A levels. Thankfully, our rigorous and robust assessment programme provided numerous opportunities for our learners to develop their examination skills and our students have certainly reaped the benefits of this in their results. We are delighted that initial results show that 36% achieved A*/A, 64% A*/B, 83% A*/C and 100% A*/E. It is difficult to pick out individual departmental success as all departments have excelled in supporting the students to achieve their potential throughout their 2, or indeed 7, years of study at Painsley Catholic College and Sixth Form. However, exceptional performances can be identified in chemistry, physics, maths, computing, art, textiles, geography, history, drama, religious studies, English literature, German and music to name but a few. BTEC results were once again very high with exceptional performances in Sport, Health and Social Care, ICT and Business. As the first cohort of T Level students complete their studies we are also celebrating 60% distinction and 40% merit against the national pass rate of 89.7%. Some of the top performances include:
Callum WolversBiology A*, Chemistry A*, Maths A*, Extended Project A*University of Cambridge Medicine
Marios StamoulisComputing A*, Maths A*, Physics A*, Further Maths A, Extended Project A*University of Cambridge Mathematics
Heather DalgleishBiology A*, Chemistry A*, Geography A*, Extended Project AUniversity of Bath Pharmacy
Elizabeth HartmannChemistry A*, Maths A*, Further Maths A, Physics A*, Extended project A*University of Exeter Natural Sciences
Katie PooleEnglish Literature A*, Fine Art A*, Psychology B, Extended Project A*Falmouth University Illustration
Caio Santos PastaComputing A*, Maths A*, Further Maths A, Physics A*, Extended Project AUniversity of Bath Robotics
Martha ShawBiology B, Geography A*, Psychology A*, Extended project A*Higher degree apprenticeship in neurophysiology
Dylan TweatsEnglish Literature A*, Geography A, History A*, Extended Project ADurham University Geography
  Mrs Rachel Waugh, Principal, stated: “We are proud of all of our students and their maturity, ambition and commitment and would like to congratulate each and every one of them on their achievements. I thank all the staff, teaching and non-teaching, for their dedication in order to provide an exceptional learning experience for the students. I thank the parents who have supported the Sixth Form in such a dedicated way and I wish the students the very best of luck in the next phase of their journey whether that be to university or into the world of work and I encourage them to keep in touch as part of the Painsley alumni.” Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Sharon Jepson, said: “I am always proud of every single one of our students but never more so than this year.  They were recognised as truly outstanding in our recent inspection and these results have gone on to prove this.  Whether my learners are off to study at Cambridge, travel around Australia or start their degree apprenticeship with Rolls Royce, I know they will make a positive impact and make us proud.” We are also looking forward to September. Students joining us have been engaged with a thorough transition programme including taster lessons and transitional study aimed at bridging the gap from GCSE studies to their chosen KS5 curriculum. We continue our exciting Digital T Level as one of the first centres nationally to be able to offer the new Digital T Level with a fully operational and state of the art digital hub. We look forward to offering further T Levels in September 2023, subject to demand. Students interested in being part of the Outstanding Painsley Sixth Form are welcome to join us for our Open Evening on Wednesday 28th September at 6pm. More details can be found at: