Academic Performance

Our results

At GCSE, we are delighted to share that St Leonard’s Catholic School achieved an academic progress score of +0.64 which is the 4th highest in the North-East region of 171 secondary schools. Our progress score effectively means that all our students achieved around two thirds of a grade higher in every subject compared to the national average and a whole grade higher than schools within our local authority.

Thank you to all our wonderful pupils and staff for their hard work and achievements this year! This is the second consecutive year when the performance of our Year 11 pupils has placed us amongst the highest performing schools in the North-East.

Best in the North East for Oxford and Cambridge

We were delighted to be named as the best North East state school for sending students to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The best North East schools to get pupils into Oxford and Cambridge University – Chronicle Live. A lot of extra support is required when young people decide they want to apply to some of the world’s top universities like Oxford and Cambridge; not just from pupils but from staff too, from advice on picking a college to walking though the complicated stages of the application process, but St Leonard’s Sixth Form teachers are always willing to support our high-flyers and go the extra mile!

A-level Results: The Covid Cohort Bounce Back at St Leonard’s

At St Leonard’s Catholic School, Durham, Sixth Formers collecting their results have had a real spring in their step. Faced with their first public exams at 18 rather than 16, a daunting prospect, they have shown amazing resilience and determination to make their dreams and aspirations a reality, with an outstanding third of all grades awarded being A-A as well as 78% of grades achieved being in the top A to C band. Sebastian is walking on sunshine, with 4 A* grades in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry; he is off to Oxford University to study Mechanical Engineering. Sebastian credits his success to support from his teachers and the individual guidance he was given. Jessica also heaps praise on her specialist subject teachers, scoring AAA, she is off to Leeds University to study English Literature. Future doctor Michelle achieved AAA to secure a place studying Medicine and Surgery at Lancaster University. Meanwhile bright spark Harry is finding a practical application for his AAA*A grades: to pursue his dream job via the study of Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University.

Workplace Ready

With more and more students opting for a practical alternative in place of university, St Leonard’s pupils’ achievement in vocational subjects shows how well they have been prepared to join the world of work: a fantastic 82% of all grades awarded were at Distinction and above, and 96% at Merit and above; these young adults are workplace-ready and raring to go.

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Six brilliant candidates have received offers from Oxford or Cambridge this year. Congratulations to them all and we wish them every success as they prepare for their A Levels. Thank you to Miss Bird and all the Sixth Form staff who have given excellent support – as ever – during the application process. 


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