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25th Aug

Press Release GCSE Results 2022

GCSE Results Press Release St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School celebrated another successful year of GCSE results with some exceptional performances across the board. Despite all the difficulties and uncertainties of the past 2 years, students taking the first public examinations since 2019 have acquitted themselves well. Some notable achievements included: Joe Thomas, who achieved a total of 9 Grade 9s and 1 Grade 8. Joe, who will be studying A Levels in science, said “I am genuinely happy with my results. It has been a tough two years for everyone, and I am really thankful to the school. I am now embarking on my A Levels and in the future, I hope to study Medicine or Veterinary Medicine. Jinthiya Kalaiselvan achieved 10 grades 8 to 9. Jinthiya, who will be staying in the Sixth Form at St Mark’s to study A Levels in Economics, Psychology, Geography and Maths, said “I am really happy with my results. It’s what I have dreamed of and what I have been working for since Year 7. I am really grateful to the school and to my teachers. In the future I want to read Economics at university and work in investment analysis”. Rebekah Pike achieved 10 GCSEs at grade 7 – 9 and this included 6 grade 9s. Rebekah, who will be staying in the Sixth Form at St Mark’s to study A Levels in German, Theology, English Literature and History, said “I am shocked, surprised and happy with my results. The teachers here have been amazing all through lockdown and since we returned to school. I am really looking forward to the Sixth Form”. Rebekah has just returned from 2 weeks in Zanzibar where she volunteered to teach in a school. Earlier in the year she also received a Jack Petchey Award for her voluntary work with St John’s ambulance. Future success for Rebekah looks certain. Jorens Rakiss achieved 10 grades 9-7 and was especially pleased with his results. Jorens said “I am over the moon with my results, the hard work and determination paid off. I learned that the biggest hurdle is getting started. Once you’re in the groove work is easier”. Jorens,, will study A Levels in Geography, German, Maths and Product Design, wishes to read Architecture after doing his A Levels at St Mark’s. Polna Halinauskas achieved 10 GCSEs at grade 9-7 was equally delighted with her results. She said “Last night I was so worried but my brother and family told me not to be. I am so grateful for the support of my family. The support from staff at St Mark’s has been equally amazing. The teachers are so organised and do so much to help”. Polina will be studying A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics Ilaye Ozomoru achieved 10 subjects graded 7 to 9 and described herself as “really happy with these results. I found the exams stressful, but my teachers and my friends were so helpful and supportive”. Ilaye will be studying A Levels in Psychology, Sociology and Politics. Headteacher Elaine Heaphy said: “Under the difficult circumstances of the last 2 years, these results are a great achievement for the students and staff at our school. There are so many individual stories and so many successes and so much for students to be proud of. Everyone in the school has worked hard to make these results happen and I am so proud of what they represent. Coming on the back of some exceptionally good A Levels last week, it has been a very good two weeks for us all. I look forward to welcoming these students into our Sixth Form next week. 
12th Jul

School Rebuilding Programme

Press Release St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School prioritised for the government’s flagship School Rebuilding Programme St Mark’s to have one or more of its buildings replaced or refurbished. New buildings will be energy efficient designs with high sustainability standards, and will be net zero in operation offering excellent facilities. Transforming the learning environment and supporting teachers to deliver a high-quality education, so that pupils gain the knowledge, skills and qualifications they need to succeed. School and local community to be prioritised throughout the process St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School has today 12 July 2022 been named as one of the schools prioritised for the School Rebuilding Programme. The Department for Education will start a project to replace or refurbish one or more buildings at the school, as appropriate, setting the school up for high educational standards for all its pupils for decades to come. As a school we will work with the Department for Education to agree the educational design of the project and the timeframe for delivery. Over the course of the work, we will ensure that pupils’ learning will not be affected. Currently the programme will focus on rebuilding our Technology Block. As a school, we are absolutely delighted to be given this opportunity to enhance and update our environment to support the amazing work of our pupils and staff. Across the School Rebuilding Programme, the rebuilds and refurbishments will create modern education environments, providing new facilities from classrooms and science labs, to sports halls and dining rooms. The new school buildings will also be net-zero carbon in operation, helping meet the government’s net zero target. The programme is due to deliver 500 rebuilding projects over the next decade, which will benefit tens of thousands of pupils over their lifetime. St Mark’s is part of an announcement of 61 new projects, including primary, secondary and special schools, levelling up opportunities across the entire country. Education Secretary James Cleverly said: “Our School Rebuilding Programme is already making a difference to the lives of pupils and their teachers. It is creating greener school sites that are fit for the future and that local communities can be proud of.              “We know how important it is to have high-quality school facilities. That is why we continue to invest billions in our rebuilding programme.”
22nd Aug

GCSE Results August 2019

St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School are today continuing to celebrating another set of results that yet again demonstrate good performances against all of the key achievement measures. Headteacher, Elaine Heaphy, commenting on the results, stated, “Following on from our successful ‘A’ level results last week, I am delighted that the hard work of our Year 11 pupils and their teachers has been rewarded with these results. I am proud of every pupil in accepting and meeting the challenges of these exams. Against a backdrop of change and uncertainty, for teachers, pupils and parents, we have maintained achievement and we are delighted. This year given a much tougher examination environment, our pupils have excelled, vindicating our long-standing commitment to a broad-based academic curriculum. Our emphasis is always on the individual and developing them as a whole person and our curriculum supports this, allowing them to study the full range of subjects, which unfortunately many schools have discontinued. From this position of strength, our pupils are now starting the next part of their journey at our Sixth Form, which last week showed great success, with 95% of our pupils heading off to university. I look forward to welcoming, into our Sixth Form for the new academic year, this year group of pupils, along with many new pupils from around the town.” Initial results (pending remarks and appeals) show that 82% of pupils passed the threshold in English and 69% in Maths. There were many examples of outstanding individual performances with most pupils not only achieving their target grades but a number exceeding them. The following pupils are just some of the pupils who made exceptional progress and exceeded their targets: Szonja Nagy, Lucas Matheus, Owen Moses-Ilade, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Shruthi Thomas, Kistie Harding, Daniel Eby Thomas, Brena Bostani, Caitlin Berry, Riya Sanjay, Amir Schultschik In addition the following pupils all achieved at least 8 grades 9-7 (numbers indicate number of 9-5 passes and the numbers in brackets indicate the number of 9-7 or equivalent grade): Tia Kelchure 10 (10); Thomas Wolf 11 (9); Roya Besheya 10 (9); Nicola Dalisay 10 (9); Isaac He 10 (9); Temitayo Rajitola 10 (9); Mark Abdelmalek 9 (9); Emma Knudsen 9 (9); George Sapcaliu 10 (8); Maria Stedman 10 (8); Diana Trascenko 10 (8). A grade 7 is comparable to the old grade A, a new grade 4 is comparable to the old grade C.
15th Aug

A level Results August 2019

Students and staff at St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School are today celebrating continuing success, with A level students once again achieving results that have enabled them to go to universities, often the first in their family. Another marvellous pass rate was achieved with 90+% of all A level examinations passed (before remarks). A particular feature of these results is that all students, whatever their ability, have achieved well and made fantastic progress, with many overcoming difficult personal circumstances to do so. To achieve these results in light of the recent government reforms which have seen examinations become more challenging and demanding, is testimony to the skill of our teachers, the work of the students and the success of our Sixth Form. A delighted Headteacher, Elaine Heaphy, congratulated both students and staff. “We are delighted for the students, they should be proud of their achievements and we wish them all the best for their future endeavours. Certainly, I would like to put on record my thanks to students, staff and parents for what was an exemplary team effort. Our Sixth Form draws from all the other schools in Harlow and we would congratulate these schools for their work in successfully getting these students through GCSE studies and giving them the grounding for A Level study. We are sure that they will share in this success. We look forward to welcoming the ‘new’ Year 12 cohort in September”. There were many examples of outstanding individual performances, including Louis Gasson (A/A/B); Ariane Irtelli (A/A/C); Emily Lau (A/A/)); Savannah Navin (A*/A*/C); Megan Noakes (A*/A); Muskan Ram (A*/A/C); Hannah Bishop (A, B, C); Raymond Cheung (A, B, C, C); Andre De Mata (A, B, B, C); Ryan Draper (A, B, B, C); Matthew Freeman (A, A, D, D); Geanina Mituletu (A, B, B, C); Celiat Rajitola (A, B, C); Lewis Roper (A, B, C); Joe Tang (A, B, B); Hollie Uwins (A, A, B)
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