Academic Excellence

At St Catherine’s, academic standards are high.  In 2017, a fantastic 38% of A Level results were graded at A*-A.  This is well above the national average of 25.8%.  Our value added figures are also exceedingly strong, demonstrating that our dedicated staff really do get the best out of every girl.  

With our small classes and outstanding teaching staff, excellent preparation for A Level is a given.  As a small school, we can offer individual attention.  We know the needs and abilities of each student in our care, and we are able to offer support or extension as appropriate.  Teachers frequently offer revision sessions outside of the school day, and have an open-door policy.  

Despite being a small school, we offer a full range of A Level courses, encompassing the traditional subjects such as English, Maths and Science subjects, but also including Economics, Business Studies, Law, Government and Politics, Sociology and Psychology.  We do our utmost to accommodate student choices within our timetable, ensuring that every girl can study the subjects which meet her own aspirations.

Each girl studies four AS Levels during Year 12, and continues to study three of these subjects as she moves into Year 13.  Following this model allows the girls to receive a broad education, and ensures that they make an informed choice when choosing their final three subjects.  In most subjects, girls will sit an AS examination at the end of Year 12.  This means that girls and parents are able to receive accurate feedback on progress, helping to inform their final subject choices.

In addition to A Levels, we also offer all girls the chance to study for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).  Much valued by universities, the EPQ is worth 50% of an A Level, and universities often make lower offers to students with an EPQ.  The qualification provides an excellent opportunity for the girls to demonstrate their independent research skills, and to delve deeply into their passion.

All girls wishing to study in the Sixth Form at St Catherine’s are expected to have achieved a minimum of 8 A* - B grades at GCSE including English and Maths. In addition, they should have an A or A* in any subject they wish to continue studying at AS level.

For GCSEs using the 1-9 grading system, girls are required to achieve six GCSEs at grades 6-9, and to achieve grades 7-9 in subjects they would like to continue for A level.  Girls should achieve at least a grade 4 in English and Mathematics if they do not intend to pursue these subjects to A level.