GCSE Results 2018

English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College are celebrating another excellent set of GCSE results.  The results have improved on all measures compared to 2017 with the students collectively achieving a total of fifty grade 9s (or A** in the old grading system) and more than 1 in 5 of the total grades awarded were grade 7-9 (or A – A** in previous years).

There were many phenomenal individual performances from the class of 2018 and here’s a highlight:

Lucy Downes’s hands were still shaking while we were snapping her photo she was that thrilled with her results. This was no surprise with 1 A*, six 9s, 1 eight and 1 seven on your results paper.  Lucy is now looking forward to joining EMS6 in September.

Thomas Shotton opened his envelope to see he had scooped 5 nines, 2 eights, 2 sevens and 1 grade 6 – he’s now moving onto Yarm Private college in September.

Nooresahar Ahmed collected 4 nines, 3 eights, 2 sevens and 1 A in her results.  She was really happy with her grades and is planning on going to Hartlepool Sixth Form College to study A Levels in September.

Lukas Vallet is looking forward to starting EMS6 in September and more than exceeded his own expectations when he realised he had bagged himself 4 nines, 3 eights and 3 sevens.  He was extremely pleased with his results.

Joshua Cain opened his envelope to find he had been awarded 4 nines, 1 eight, 3 sevens, 1 six and 1 five.  He was extremely happy and told us he had done much better than he had expected.  He is looking to join EMS6 in September.

There were so many more fabulous results and it has been a great day with lots of joy and smiling faces.  The class of 2018 have done themselves very proud.

Headteacher, Stephen Hammond, said he was proud of what the students had achieved. He said: “I am very proud of the many success stories that we can see here at the school. Our results this year are excellent and are well above the national averages.”

“As ever, we will be looking to improve further next year, but this is a chance to say well done to all those who now set off to the next stage of their lives with a firm foundation in place.”

There’s a selection of pictures in the Gallery

Performance Measure2017 Results2018 Results
Progress 8-0.39-0.13
Attainment 84.74.8
Level 5+ for English & Maths48%46.2%
% entered for English EBacc18%33.8%
% achieved English EBacc at level 5+12%17%
% of students staying in Education or Employment after Year 1187%Not Yet Available

A Level Results 2018

Students, Staff and Governors at The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College are celebrating another year of fabulous results. The overall pass rate at A Level was 99% across all 28 subjects offering examinations with 25 securing a pass rate of 100%.  The number of students gaining an A*-C grade was 72%.


Jack Dobson, who joined our Sixth Form from Manor Academy, was delighted with his results when he found he had an A* in Maths along with 2 A grades in Computer Science and Physics.

“I’m ecstatic, I can’t believe it!” he told us.

Jack is off to Edinburgh University to study Computational Physics with aspirations of one day working for NASA.


Three students have completed their seven-year journey with us: Elizabeth Shanks, Adam Wynn and Georgia Mason.  They have all been with us since Year 7 and are now leaving as young adults in Year 13.

Elizabeth is moving onto Leeds University to study Law after picking up A grades in Law and Geography and a B in English.

Adam achieved the top grade of A* in Maths along with an A in Computer Science and a B in Geography.  He leaves us with a place at Durham University to study Computer Science.  He also leaves a big hole in our Orchestra where he has participated in every concert and rehearsal in his time at English Martyrs.

Georgia, a budding Architect, moves on to her first choice university of Northumbria to study Architecture after collecting A grades in Geography and Psychology and a B in Art & Design.


Another duo of success stories is that of Bethany Hayes and Kate Todd-Davis.

Bethany, who chose to further her studies with us at EMS6 from St. Hild’s, collected A grades in Maths and Chemistry and a grade B in Biology.  She also picked up an A grade at AS in Law. She now ventures forward to the University of Liverpool to embark upon a degree in Medicine.

Former High Tunstall student, Kate Todd-Davis, joined us in the Sixth Form two years ago to sit her A Levels.  She completes her time here with an A in Maths and B grades in Physics and Chemistry.

Kate, who wants to be an Engineer, was headhunted by international companies Rolls Royce and Caterpillar for their Degree Apprenticeship programmes.  Her decision has steered her towards Rolls Royce and she joins their training programme with day release at Sheffield University.  Wonder if she gets a company car?


Straight A student, Nathan Lumley, is off to the University of York to study History.  Nathan has been with us since Year 7 and completes his time here at EMS with A grades in History, Law and RE.

When we spoke to him earlier he was thrilled with his results, “I’ve really enjoyed my time at English Martyrs, it’s a great community and I’ve enjoyed all of my subjects.”

Will Hartley, an extremely talented musician who many will recognise if they have attended any of our music events, achieved an A grade in History, and B grades in Music and English Literature.  He intends to have a gap year to gain experience and nurture his musical talent.  No doubt we will still see him at our music events and school musical next year.



Other success stories include Kate Elvin, who joined us from St. Hild’s, who achieved an A and 2 Bs and is off to study Linguistics at Newcastle University. Sarah Storey – A*, A, B – Maddi Callaghan – A, A, B, Olivia Bennison – A, A, B, Lorna Cosgrave – A*, A, B and Jennifer Cope who secured her first choice University of Chester and leaves to take up her offer of a place to study Biomedical Science.

Also a mention to Mitchell Spencer.  He achieved a grade B in his Maths A Level overall and his teacher Mr. Lamb was overjoyed as Mitchell achieved 100% on his Core 2 Exam.  Bet there’s not many students out there who can boast such an accolade.

Acting Head of Sixth Form for last year, David Roberts, said: “We are really pleased with how our students have done.”

“We are pleased that our students were able to secure places at universities and on the apprenticeships and pathways that they wanted to, these include some of the most prestigious and Russell Group universities.”

“We thank them all for their hard work and determination to succeed, and we wish them all good luck in whatever they go on to do.”



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