St Michael’s School has long been synonymous with excellent results, but last summer, our outstanding GCSE results – with almost 70% achieving A* or A grades – once again earned us a place in the Times list of top 50 Co-Educational schools.
The successes have continued into this academic year: the latest GCSE modular in the Sciences and English Literature were impressive, with well over 50 percent of the 45 pupils in our Year 11 cohort attaining A* or A grades and in January, the whole top set Mathematics class achieved an A* after sitting their examination almost a full year early.
Sheer hard work and determination
Whilst it might be easy to attribute such achievement as the inevitable outcome of a typical independent school, as a non-selective school, St. Michael’s can be especially proud of its students. In fact, these results come from the sheer hard work and determination of pupils with a wide range of academic abilities and strengths.
Shared aspirations and values
What they do testify to is a culture of shared aspirations and values which ensure, that for our students and teachers, learning is not only something pupils have to do, but something they want to do and enjoy doing. Small class sizes, a positive learning environment, healthy competition and a thriving sixth form – complete with on-site role models for our younger pupils to aspire to – help them thrive. Teachers have high expectations, as do parents, with whom we have a positive and supportive relationship. But our pupils aspire too, and help to create a respectful, pleasant school environment where not only academic excellence, but achievement of all kinds is recognised and celebrated.
Desire to learn
Put simply, our pupils do well because they want to learn, they enjoy coming to our school and they want to study in an environment which helps them to give their best. And at St. Michael’s they can do exactly that.