Outstanding A-level results from Jesuit schools

St Ignatius College, Enfield
St Ignatius College, Enfield

Jesuit schools across the country celebrated their pupils’ superb A-level results last week.

Mary O’Keeffe, Headteacher of St Ignatius College in Enfield, North London, said: “We are incredibly proud of the academic achievements and the wonderful results of our Year 13 students. They have developed into fine young men and women who will continue to make a positive contribution to society. It is wonderful that our students have the academic qualifications that they need to access the courses and careers of their choice.”

One of the pupils at the state school, Bobby Mugo, made into The Times newspaper for his performance. The eighteen-year-old scored high marks, but just below his conditional offer from Cambridge to read History and Politics. The article online explains that the school appealed, with Bobby calling Jesus College to communicate a breakdown of his marks. After consideration of the grades, his place was confirmed, and he will join the minority of BAME students at Cambridge.

“My parents were so pleased. I am the first person in the family to go to a Russell Group university, never mind Oxbridge. My mum was crying in the car when I called her,” he told The Times.

Sixth form students at Mount St Mary’s College also celebrated their A-level results with the school again recording a 100 per cent pass rate. The results for the Mount, which is a co-educational day and boarding school for UK and international pupils near Sheffield, further built on its success of the past five years with 70 per cent of students securing places at their first choice of university.

Mayowa Olubowale will study English at Christ’s College, Cambridge after getting an A* in English Literature, an A in French and an A in Biology. Mayowa, who is 18 and joined the Mount from its prep school, Barlborough Hall, said she was thrilled and relieved to have finally got her results. “It’s been a long wait and I didn’t sleep very well last night, but I’m over the moon with my results,” she said. “I start at Cambridge on 5 October and really can’t wait, it’s so exciting.”

Mayowa’s mother, Dr Olayinka Olubowale, whose eight-year-old son is currently at Barlborough Hall, said her daughter’s journey through the school had been amazing. “She loved her time at Barlborough Hall and thoroughly enjoyed her time at the Mount. It’s been great and Mayowa’s done so well, we’re very proud of her,” she commented.

Head of Sixth Form at the Mount, Dr Sarah Dewar-Watson, said she was delighted with this year’s A-level results: “The students have all worked so hard and put in so much effort. It’s wonderful to see them get the results they deserve and I wish them all the luck in the world as they move on to the next chapter of their lives.”Mayowa Olubowale

Stonyhurst College reported outstanding results for those taking A-levels, complementing those of students following the International Baccalaureate programme, which concluded in June.

There are notable departmental and individual student successes. Toby Brady achieved four A* grades, securing a place to read Medicine at Downing College, Cambridge; and Jason Leung achieved three A*s and an A (among his six A-level subjects) to read Architecture at Bath University. Martin Diamond achieved 3 A*s and will go on to study Medicine.

Stonyhurst students have secured places at prestigious universities worldwide including Bocconi University (Italy), Catholic University Washington and George Washington University (USA), ESCP European Business School (France) and IE University (Spain), as well as the Universities of Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Manchester, St Andrews and Warwick  in the UK.

John Browne, Headmaster of Stonyhurst College, said: “Our young people this year have really lived up to the Jesuit maxim ‘the world is our house’ in terms of the breadth of their university places across the globe and the sense of adventure shown in the choice of courses. Stonyhurst aims to form young people to go and change the world and I sense that this year group aim to do just that.”

Stonyhurst College, A-Levels