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The 2008 examination results at St. Thomas Aquinas were superb.  The A Level and Key Stage 3 results were pleasing and inline with expectations.  However, it was at GCSE that the results were spectacular.  77% of the 212 students in Year 11 achieved  5 or more C grade passes or better at GCSE.  That was easily a new school record.  Even more pleasing though was the percentage of pupils who achieved 5 or more C grade passes or better including English and Maths.  This measure is now seen as a true indicator of schools’ performance and we were delighted that 66% of our students achieved that level and the vast majority way beyond it.  It confirms St. Thomas Aquinas as one of the very highest performing comprehensives schools in the City.

We are delighted with our examination results in 2008 but we are far from complacent.  We are determined to ensure that every single student achieves their full potential whatever their level of ability.  We stand for a lot more than our examination results but we recognise they must be our starting point in ensuring St. Thomas Aquinas continues to be the very good school it is now and the outstanding school it aspires to be in the future.
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The 2009 A Level results showed an improvement in the average points score of over 50 points to 721 this year. 57 students accepted places at university with 31 achieving their first choice courses. Of several outstanding performances particular congratulations must go to Ben Smith who achieved 5 A grades and is now reading Law at Oxford University.

At GCSE level 67% achieved 5 or more A* to C grades which is the second highest in the history of the school. 51% achieved that level including English and Maths and of those 80% have joined the Sixth Form. There were many excellent performances but pride of place must go to Andrew Baker who achieved one A and no fewer than 14 A* grades!

Our examination results in recent years have been pleasing and consistently above the national and Local Authority averages. However, we expect our performance to improve further in future years because our pupil intake is significantly more able in the lower years. Based on their Year 6 SATs the Local Authority expect the percentage of our current Year 9, Year 8 and Year 7 pupils achieving 5 or more A* to C grades at GCSE including English and Maths to be 59%, 60% and 61%. Given our track record of exceeding Local Authority estimates the future looks very bright indeed. These results will ensure that St Thomas Aquinas remains one of the highest achieving comprehensive schools in the City.


What the inspectors said about our school:

OFSTED 2007 Inspection

The personal development and well being of the students are outstanding.

Parents are very supportive of the school and speak highly of the care and support their sons and daughters receive.

A cherished, family atmosphere provides a climate in which students know they are each a valued member of the school community.

Students enjoy school and celebration of their success is a regular feature of school life.

Teachers and personal tutors go out of their way to help and genuinely care.

Students show a very positive attitude to learning.

Diocesan 2007 Inspection

The school clearly bears witness to the Gospel message and example of Jesus and this is witnessed through the everyday dealings between pupils, staff and its relationships with the wider community.

The headteacher provides a clear and outstanding vision for the Catholic life of the school that is shared by staff and governors.

St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School is a good school with some outstanding features.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects of students’ personal development are outstanding.
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