St Benedict’s Catholic School, in Bury St Edmunds, is today celebrating its best ever A-level results.
The school’s overall pass rate is 99 per cent, with 84 per cent of exams taken receiving grades A* to C.
Headteacher Hugh O’Neill, who will soon retire, said: “As ever, we salute a wonderful group of students who have done superbly. They have also been a wonderful group of young people to inspire and set a leading example for the rest of the school.
“I congratulate all of them, and thank their teachers and their families for all the help and support they have given. They will now move on, mostly to universities, knowing that they can build on the very secure foundations that they have laid here at St Benedict’s.”
Sure to be an inspiration is Fady Kamel, of Moreton Hall, who took six A-levels and got three A*s and three As.
He will read medicine at UCL and hopes to become a surgeon.
He said: “Building up to the results I became uncertain how I’d done in my exams. I knew from UCAS that I’d got in [to university] but I didn’t know what grades I’d got so it was a surprise, a good surprise though.”
Challenging personal circumstances led to a difficult second year for Eoin Funnell, of Thetford, who took his A-levels over three years and found out today – two days before his 19th birthday – that he had passed all four with flying colours, achieving straight As.
He wants to become a music teacher and will read music and maths as part of a joint Honours programme at Birmingham.
James Rawson joined St Benedict’s sixth form a year early and, though he should only be in the lower sixth, he secured five A-levels today, three A*s, an A and a B. He will be staying on at the school to do more A-levels next year.
Some of the school’s other success stories include Benjamin Gale who achieved five A* grades and Olivia Snudden, Aidan Payne and Emily Markham who all gained five A-levels at either A* or A.
Mr O’Neill said: “Our outstanding results at A-level reflect the tremendous work put in by students and staff to ensure that all our candidates achieve the best they can. They also reflect the very high standard of advice and support they receive throughout their time in the sixth form from head of sixth form Jack Gingell and his team.”