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GCSE & A-Level Results 2018

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 2018

This has been another fine year for A-Level results, with the School firmly retaining its position at the top of national tables.  20.5% of grades attained at A-Level were at A* (well over twice the national average), with 78.8% at A* - B, while fourteen students obtained places at Oxbridge. These superlative results, no flash in the pan, are, for the sixth year in a row, good enough to place us at the top of The Times's school league table for all Catholic comprehensive schools at A-Level. 

GCSE Results 2018

At GCSE, the proportion of grades at 9, 8 & 7 (i.e. equivalent to the old A* & A grades) was extremely high – 55.5%.  I am especially proud that the proportion of the top grade, 9, attained by Vaughan boys in English Literature was, at 23.1%, over eleven times higher than that of all boys nationally (2.0%), and that only three pupils in the entire cohort did not secure at least grade 4 in Mathematics, in which well over half got grades at 9, 8 or 7.  Such results make the Vaughan, according to The Times, the highest performing comprehensive school for boys in the country. 

The Attainment 8 score for 2018 is 65.5, while the Performance 8 score looks set to exceed 0.6.


Please click here for a summary of our results

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