2019 Results Statement from Pricipal Stella Flannery
Saint Francis Xavier College is delighted to report that, contrary to national trends, A level pass rates have risen this year with 98% of students achieving a pass result and an increase in A and A* results of 3%. 21 of 28 A level courses achieved 100% pass rate. One in three pass outcomes achieved the high grades award of A*-B. This is a huge credit to students and staff alike who have not been derailed by unconditional offers and the scramble of universities to secure students but have set about working towards the “very best” that students can achieve. I would also like to commend the parents and guardians of our students who have supported them unwaveringly in aiming high.
Applied General courses at SFX are also reporting a record outcome with more distinction awards than ever before. 75% of students completing advanced courses in Applied General will be moving on with distinction and starred distinction awards. One in four 16-18 year olds in the UK now progress to university through the Applied General route and there are fantastic pathways available in the fields of science, technology and engineering and other national shortage areas to which SFX students are making a significant contribution. Our students now compete for Russell Group university places from an Applied General platform.
We are immensely proud of our students’ achievements this year. Despite a tougher challenge, and a reduction in staff numbers due to cuts in grant income, teachers and students have worked smartly and assiduously to achieve these sterling outcomes. Advanced qualifications now require a great deal of self-directed study and cover copious amounts of material and this can only be successfully tackled by thorough training and preparation of students by teachers and by students adopting the right attitude to learning. At SFX we have worked on a set of values that underpin our whole College approach to the acquisition and application of knowledge and practice. It entails addressing vision, practice and effort and adopting a ready-to-learn mind-set: this has paid dividends.
At SFX our commitment is to prepare capable and ethical leaders of the future and the “Class of 2019” are in pole position to achieve that goal.