Exam Results 2021

Students and their families at Salesian were celebrating following the publication of A’ level, BTec and GCSE results this week. Having been put through a rigorous system of assessment earlier in the summer, students were deservedly well-rewarded with an excellent set of results that were broadly in line with Salesian’s track record of high achievement over many years.

Despite record results nationally, students from the College at Salesian still secured places at the country’s top universities. 55% of applicants gained places at Russell Group universities and many were successful in being accepted on to the most competitive courses including, Nathaniel James, Engineering at Oxford; Oliver Newport, Physics at Oxford; Zoe Grimes, Land Management at Cambridge; Tia D’Souza, Medicine at Queen Mary, London; Aisling Eaton, Medicine at Belfast; Kitty Haire, Veterinary Science at Bristol. Several students were also rewarded with exceptional opportunities through Modern Apprenticeships, including Ryan Proctor who gained a place with BAE Systems, beating off competition from 11,000 other applicants.

In Year 11, as usual, the vast majority gained the GCSE grades they needed to progress on to the college courses of their choice. This included all the students from the school’s Cullum Centre and all those others with Education Health Care Plans who coped admirably with sitting formal exams in such difficult circumstances. Other notable achievements included Nicola Howie, Olivia Izzo, Erin Vellucci, Joseph Wadsworth and Isabella Wrigley who all gained a clean sweep of grade 9s following the exams.

Head of School, Paul Gower said, “Given the circumstances that these young people have endured through the best part of their two-year courses, we couldn’t be prouder of their achievements. Despite speculation about “‘grade inflation'” in the media, all our students have been rewarded with grades they thoroughly deserve having sat formal exams in all their subjects, with grade boundaries being set in line with pre-pandemic norms; the integrity of the system of assessment here will ensure that Salesian students can feel confident as they embark on the next stage of their education.” 

Executive Headteacher, James Kibble said, “This cohort of young people have been particularly impressive given everything they have been through. A significant proportion of our students have overcome serious difficulties with many families having suffered loss of livelihood, illness and bereavement as a result of the pandemic, making their achievements even more remarkable. We are particularly grateful to all the parents and families who have worked with us so closely over the last two years to support the students; the manner in which everyone has risen to this latest challenge tells you everything you need to know about the strength of community at Salesian. A special mention to all our families who live and work at St. Peter’s Hospital, words cannot express our admiration for them. Finally, we should like to pay tribute to the peerless staff here, teachers and support staff have continued to work tirelessly and without complaint throughout the pandemic, adapting their expertise successfully to new ways of teaching and assessment. The professionalism, innovation, commitment and passion they have demonstrated has been exceptional; we continue to be blessed.”

Salesian is part of the Xavier Catholic Education Trust along with St. John the Baptist School in Woking, St. Peter’s in Guildford and twelve feeder primary schools. CEO, Ani Magill said, “We are delighted to see our students being so deservedly rewarded for all their hard work at the end of what has been a particularly challenging two years for them. Staff and leaders at all three of our secondary schools have gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure that our young people have continued to benefit from an excellent education throughout the pandemic. We are incredibly grateful for the dedication of the staff as well as that of the wonderful families, who work so closely with us. Their combined efforts have ensured that despite the challenges faced, our students are in the best possible position to go out into the world and achieve great things, not just for themselves but for the greater good which is a key aim of the education we provide in our Xavier schools.”