I am very pleased to welcome you to The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School. It is a privilege to lead this wonderful community and I am very proud of the many achievements you will find described in these pages.
We are determined to draw out and develop the aptitudes and talents of all our pupils. At the heart of the School lies our Catholic ethos, which underpins everything we do. Quite simply, we see our principal role, as a Catholic school, to be a seed-ground for the apostolic mission of the Church. The School aims, through its commitment to Catholic teaching, to prepare our pupils to undertake their responsibilities as Catholics in society. Working in partnership with parents, we aim to foster in our pupils a love for the Church which will help them to grow and develop as they make their way through life.
In this, I believe, we are successful, as our outstanding public examination results show. In 2017, for example, 17.5% of grades attained at A-Level were at A* (well over twice the national average), with 85.9% at A* - B, while thirteen students obtained places at Oxbridge. These superlative results, no flash in the pan, are, for the fifth 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. At GCSE, the proportion of grades at A* and A (including the new grades 9 – 7) was extremely high – 43.4%. I am especially proud that the proportion of the new top 9 grades attained by Vaughan boys at GCSE in both English Language and English Literature was quadruple that of all boys nationally. These results make the Vaughan, according to The Times, the highest performing comprehensive school for boys in the country.