A day of A-mazing success at St Francis Xavier’s College
Students from St Francis Xavier’s College have secured a host of impressive and well-deserved grades, and will be able to celebrate their outstanding achievements knowing they are moving on to some of the country’s best universities and apprenticeships.
Six students, for example, secured an impressive 18 A*s or A’s between them. Christian Hardy – University of Manchester to study Dentistry, Sean Nilsen University of Nottingham to study Pharmacy, Richu Suresh University of Liverpool to study Computer Science, Thusan Kanthanathan University of Manchester to study Mechanical Engineering, Sean McCrystal University of Manchester to study Chemical Engineering and Kieran Rodgers University of Leeds to study Business Management.
This year, following the cancellation of exams, grades were awarded through a process of teacher assessed grades, against a national standard and approved and awarded by the exam boards. The government is not publishing performance data for any schools or colleges this year due to the varying impact of the pandemic.
David Hayes, Headteacher, said: “We cannot shy away from the fact that the last 18 months have been so difficult for these students. These exams are challenging enough at the best of times, without the uncertainty of lockdowns and the constant possibility of self-isolation.”
“What has been incredible, however, is how our students and staff have come together to support one another to achieve some incredibly impressive, and well-deserved, grades.”
“What I think we should all take a huge amount of pride in is that these young people are leaving us with the confidence, attributes and resilience to really shine in the future.”
“On behalf of all the staff and the wider SFX community, I wish each and every one of these young people a very exciting future full of happiness and success.”
St Francis Xavier’s College students on cloud 9 as they celebrate “amazing achievements”
Students at St Francis Xavier’s College have been celebrating their GCSE results today, marking the culmination of all their hard work and dedication to their studies despite all of the disruption caused by the pandemic.
Among the smiling faces was Tom Carr who achieved five Grade 9s and five Grade 8s. Matthew Liu was also celebrating after achieving five Grade 9s and five Grade 8s.
Other top performers included Leighton Maher with three Grade 9s, five Grade 8s, one Grade 7 and one Level 2 Distinction. Louis Starkey also achieved three Grade 9s, five Grade 8s, one Grade 7 and one Grade 6.
Special mentions should also go to Vincent Connell, Killian Kimberley, Omar Hansen Brown, Daniel Wright, Jevvie Mehmeti, Kieran Selby and Finn Knubley who all achieved some of the very top grades across their subjects.
David Hayes, Headteacher at St Francis Xavier’s College, said: “These are grades that these students rightly deserve.
“Since I have been at this school I have been impressed by how our students really do push for the very best. Their grades are testament to their talents, but also their resilience and determination. They really do epitomise everything it means to be a Xaverian.”
“While today is about our students, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has supported them on their journey – for coming together and providing the stability and encouragement needed to enable them to continue to shine.”
“Our parents have been incredibly supportive and engaged. Our staff have not just supported our students, but they have also challenged themselves to embrace new ways of teaching. In addition, every staff member has gone above and beyond to support our students. From our cleaners who have worked so hard to keep the school open, to the wider team of support staff who have gone above and beyond. It has been a real team effort.”
Due to the additional expectation by the DfE to test pupils for Covid at the start of the new academic year, we have had to adapt our planned start times from those previously shared. We will now have to stagger the start over two days to accommodate testing alongside the usual start of the year activities. Parents have already given permission for testing this year, but please email [email protected] if you wish to opt-out of the September testing.
New start times:
Thursday 02/09/21 Years 10, 11, 12 & 13 ONLY
- Year 10: 1.00pm to 3.10pm
- Year 11: 11.00am to 12.30pm
- Years 12 & 13: 9.00am – 10.00am
Years 10, 11, 12 & 13 will not be in on Friday the 3rd of September and will have set work to complete at home.
Friday 03/09/21 Years 7, 8, 9 ONLY
- Year 9: 9.00am – 11.00am
- Year 8: 11.00am – 12.30pm
- Year 7: 1.00pm – 3.10pm (Yr7 parents have been written to separately by Miss Fitzsimons)
Below you will find a link to our fourth edition of the parent bulletin. We are keen to keep parents more informed about what is going on in our College community. We want to share important information with you and for you to also see some of the positive things that are happening here at SFX.
We hope you enjoy reading it.
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As you know from the letter sent out on Thursday 17/06/21 school has received information relating to changes in Covid infection rates in the area.
SFX’s response to this is to be proactive, and part of our response will be to conduct onsite testing for those pupils who have parental consent.
If you have previously given consent for testing to take place we will
acknowledge this as permission to test again in this cycle.
If you have not given consent but would like your son to be tested you can give consent using the following Google Form:
Parental consent form for covid testing
This will be carried out in a similar way as before and held on the following days:
● Thursday 24/06/21 (Years 12, 10, 9)
● Friday 25/06/21 (Years 8, 7)
● Monday 28/06/21 (Years 12, 10, 9)
● Tuesday 29/06/21 (Years 8, 7)
Please see the letter sent out to parents on 21/06/21 for further information:
Instruction has come into school from PHE in relation to face coverings. From tomorrow onwards (18th June 2021) we must advise students and staff that we strongly recommend wearing face coverings in communal areas and classrooms. Whilst we know this is not where we hoped to be in relation to Covid it is our civic duty to help protect the most vulnerable within society and by following this guidance we will all be playing our part.
Please see the letter below from Mr Hayes:
Below you will find our third edition of the parent bulletin. We are keen to keep parents more informed about what is going on in our College community. We want to share important information with you and for you to also see some of the positive things that are happening here at SFX.