Tuesday 30th September 2008


Students at Holy Cross Sixth Form College in Bury have once again produced some outstanding results in their A level examinations with 104 students achieving at least 3 A grades at A level this summer. We are confident that the results achieved by our students this year will enable us to retain our Top Ten position NATIONALLY for A Level results hopefully making this the fourth consecutive year that we have achieved this outstanding level of success. An initial study of the A Level results indicates:

  • an overall pass rate of 99.0%
  • 58.2% are at grades A and B
  • A grades alone at 27.2% - more than one in four of all results are grade As!

This is based on approximately 800 students taking A Levels at Holy Cross in 2008 and it is crucial to recognise that these figures are based on one of the highest retention rates in the country Holy Cross has the second best figure nationally from nearly 400 colleges for its SUCCESS RATE - this combines academic achievement with retention rates of its students.

Mike OHare retiring Principal of Holy Cross College said. I am absolutely delighted with these results particularly with the fact that the A/B grades increased to over 58%. I want to congratulate all our students and our staff on an outstanding set of results. INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES Ten students gained 5 Grade As at A level:

  • Katie-Louise Armitage (St. Monicas)
  • Michael Avery (Bury Church)
  • Matthew Chalmers (Bury Church)
  • Helen Clarkson (Parrenthorn)
  • Thomas Hasoon (St. James CE),
  • Eilish Lowthian (St. Gabriels)
  • Yaseen Motala (Elton)
  • Marcus Webb (Little Lever)
  • Marsha Williamson (Philips)
  • Daniel Wisniewski (St. Josephs Heywood now Holy Family).

A further 29 students achieved 4 grade As. Another 65 students gained 3 grade As. This totals 104 students achieving at least 3 grade As at A Level 1 in 8 of our Upper Sixth students.