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Educate Magazine - 2021-09-01

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Overcoming challenges

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Students and staff at St Mary’s College in Crosby once again celebrated excellent A-level and GCSE results, despite the widespread disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Building on the high standards set in previous years, the ‘Class of 2021’ recorded a 100 per cent pass rate in the key Alevel examinations, with more than a third of students (34 per cent) achieving three or more A* or A grades. Top of the class at St Mary’s this year is 18-year-old Majd Kweder from Bootle who only arrived in the UK from Syria three years ago. Majd joined the St Mary’s College Sixth Form on an Edmund Rice Scholarship (assisted place) and has achieved an incredible four A* passes in biology, chemistry, maths and further maths. Majd is planning to study economics in London. Meanwhile, on GCSE results day more than half (52 per cent) of all passes at the school were at the highest 9-7 grades, and 41 per cent of candidates achieved seven or more passes at these top levels. In terms of individual achievement Sami Al-Machhoor from Prescot and Victoria McKinley-Smith from Mossley Hill were top of the class at the Crosby school this year. Sami achieved a full house of eleven top grade 9s in biology, chemistry, physics, English language, English literature, maths, further maths, French, Spanish, history and religious studies. Meanwhile Victoria achieved grade 9s in nine subjects - biology, chemistry, English language, English literature, French, German, history, music and religious studies - plus 8s in maths and physics.

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