Congratulations to the 2016-17 cohort of Year 11 students who have just achieved the best ever results at this school.  The percentage of pupils gaining good passes (A*-C) in five subjects including English and Maths (at the new grades 9-4) is 76%, a rise of 13% on last year. 79% achieved a good pass in both English and Maths, a 15% rise since 2016.  The school is anticipating a very positive Progress 8 score, the new value added headline measure that takes over from 5A*–C including English and Maths this year, though the final score will not be known for several weeks yet.

For the first time this year new top grades in English and Maths (9, 8 and 7) replace the previous top two (A* and A). Only the top 3% of pupils nationally have been awarded a new ‘super’ grade 9.

Joseph Laverty, Alexandra Cserna and Madeline Rose are amongst the school’s top performers. Joseph passed all his GCSE subjects at the top grades including the new super grade 9s in English Language, English Literature and Maths and six subjects at Grade A* (including Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

Alexandra Cserna gained the super 9 in Mathematics and English plus a further seven A* grades. Madeline Rose achieved super 9s in Mathematics and English and six A*s. Both girls achieved the top A* grade in all three sciences.


Four pupils, Eamon Boyle-Smith, Alexandra Cserna, Joseph Laverty and Madeline Rose, passed 10 subjects at the top grades (A* and A), as well as passing English and Maths at the super grade 9.

14 pupils have passed 10 subjects at top grades A* or A, or equivalent. They are Eamon Boyle-Smith, Freyja Bradshaw, Happiness Chinembiri, Wiktoria Cieslak, Louis Connell, Katie Rose Crowe, Alexandra Cserna, Siobhan Doherty, Joseph Hemsworth, Darragh Kennedy, Matthew Kerrigan, Joseph Laverty, Madeline Rose and Scarlet Rowe.

Cardinal Heenan has improved on last year’s GCSE results and has further increased its positive gap with national results. 29% of all grades achieved at Cardinal Heenan were awarded A*-A (9% above national).  Our strong position compares very well to a national picture of fewer high grades, including top grades dropping for the fifth consecutive year.

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