Painsley Students Achieve Above and Beyond!

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GCSE Results

In what has been another challenging year for students and staff across the country, students at Painsley Catholic College have achieved above and beyond their potential.

Year 11 have been through two years of disruption to education and a third year of uncertainty as to whether examinations would proceed. Throughout the lockdown and during periods of self-isolation, the College continued to ‘live’ teach the students via an IT platform, offering a full timetable to all Year groups.  Indeed, Painsley continued to develop expertise in the remote delivery of the curriculum.  There is no doubt that this commitment is an indicator of the outstanding quality of education that Painsley offers, as our Ofsted report (May 2022) documents. The GCSE outcomes reflect this success as the College is celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results with 91% of the Year 11 students at the non-selective academy achieving the standard pass (grade 4) in English and 85% in mathematics. Furthermore, the College is delighted with the fact that 84% achieved the standard pass and 62% the strong pass (grade 5) in both English and maths.

Staff at the College used the pre-release information from the awarding bodies to tailor the students’ exam preparation. Mrs Waugh, Principal, commented: “I am proud and delighted that the teaching staff worked with such commitment and professionalism to support, guide and reassure the students throughout the academic year. The outcomes of this are evident in the excellent results received by the students.”

Top performances include: Livia Santos –  9 grade 9s and 2 grade 8s, Cara McCarney – 9 grade 9s and 2 grade 8s, Rebekah Howard –  6 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s and 2 grade 7s, Holly Stones –  6 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s a grade 7 and 6 and George Kyte – 6 grade 9s 2 grade 8s and 2 grade 7s.

The students who have made the most significant progress from KS2, averaging 3 grades higher than the expected standard, include Ben Lancaster, Livia Santos, Alfred Sebastian, Heather Smith, Rose Stockley and Freddie Wood.

Mrs Waugh continued: “I am thrilled to be able to share these phenomenal results with the students. The students have worked with drive and determination throughout the last five years, despite the obvious difficulties they have faced. I wish the students every success as they continue their journey and I look forward to welcoming the majority of the students into the Painsley’s Outstanding Sixth Form in September (as graded by Ofsted in May 2022). I would like to pay particular thanks to the dedication and commitment of the staff at Painsley, teaching and non-teaching, who constantly provide an exceptional learning experience and willingly go the extra mile on behalf of the students. I am truly grateful to them all for their professionalism. I would like to thank our parents who have supported the students and the staff of the school throughout their time at the College; the effective partnership between home and school is instrumental to the success of the students.”

Painsley Catholic College is the home to The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub, Behaviour hub and Maths hub. In this capacity, Painsley works closely with other schools to ensure the very best practice in relation to teacher recruitment, retention, and professional development and behaviour systems for the benefit of all the students. Additionally, we have opened a newly refurbished gym and digital hub to facilitate the digital T Level curriculum on offer in our thriving Sixth Form.

Parents interested in sending their child to Painsley should be aware that parents have the opportunity to attend Open Evening on Wednesday 14th September at 6:00pm, which will include a tour of the college, an address by the Principal and an opportunity to discuss questions with the Leadership Group and Senior Student Leaders. To sign up to the Opening Evening please follow


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