Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School

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GCSE & A-Level Results 2019

The Vaughan has long enjoyed a position of national prominence in terms of the high performance of its pupils in public examinations: year after year the School tops national league tables, regularly outperforming many selective and fee-paying schools.

Its success is attributable to its unapologetically traditional outlook: we expect hard work from pupils and staff, and support from the parents. Regular homework in all subjects is set to support classwork. High standards of discipline are expected and enforced. This traditional approach, however, does not mean that the School looks backwards – on the contrary, pupils’ learning is supplemented by state-of-the-art technology. The Vaughan is, therefore, traditional in the best sense of the term: retaining the best of the old, it adopts of the best of the new.

At the heart of the School’s success, however, lies its Catholic ethos, which underpins all that it does. It is this ethos, to which all members of the School – staff, pupils and parents – subscribe, which binds us all together, creating a sense of unity. This unity of outlook leads to a clearly defined sense of purpose, which creates real momentum. The results of this are plain for all to see.

A-Level Results 2019

This has been another fine year for A-Level results, with 13.9% of grades attained at A-Level A*, 46.1% A* and A, and 69.5% A* - B. Over a quarter of students attained AAA or higher at A-Level and eleven obtained places at Oxbridge. These superlative results, no flash in the pan, keep us right at the top end of The Times's national league table for all Catholic comprehensive schools at A-Level. 

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GCSE Results 2019

At GCSE, the proportion of grades at 9 & 8 (i.e. equivalent to the old A* grades and above) was, at 31.5%, extremely high, and over three times the national average for boys. Half of all grades were 9-7 – in other words, in old money, A**, A* or A.  I am especially proud that the proportion of grade 9s attained by Vaughan boys in English Language was, at 10.1%, over seven times higher than that of all boys nationally (1.4%) and that the overall A8 grade attained by Vaughan boys across the board was 6.3: that is every boy knocking on the door of an old A grade in every subject.  The P8 score looks set to be 0.5; this means that each boy achieved half a grade higher than his primary performance indicated. Such results make the Vaughan, according to The Times, the highest performing comprehensive school for boys in the country.

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The performance of the Vaughan in the most recent school performance tables can be found by clicking here.