St Bonaventure’s Sixth Form Celebrates Phenomenal Post-16 Exam Results, Setting New Heights of Achievement

St Bonaventure’s Sixth Form, in Newham, is thrilled to announce another year of exceptional Post-16 exam results, marking a second consecutive year of outstanding achievements. The remarkable outcome reflects the perseverance, hard work, and commitment of the students, as well as the exceptional support provided by the school’s teachers and members of staff.

These students have made themselves, their families, and the whole school community very proud with this set of excellent results, despite not undertaking the formal GCSE examination process in 2021, and not getting the pre-release guidance of last year. 

Headteacher Chris McCormack was full of praise for the dedication demonstrated by the students in their exams, commenting: Congratulations to our students on achieving a fantastic set of results. I am delighted that all of their hard work and the dedication and support of their teachers have come to fruition. They have been such a lovely group who have contributed in such a positive way to our school community. We will keep them in our thoughts and prayers as they embark on the next stage of their lives.”

Students of St Bonaventure’s Sixth Form have achieved outstanding performances across various subjects. Key statistics are as follows: 


A Level

  • 16% A* to A – +4.72% increase on 2019
  • 52% A* to B – +13.88% increase on 2019
  • 100% A* to E
  • 50 additional A Level entries


  • 44% D*D*D* to DDD in Business
  • 100%  D*D*D* to DDD in Sport

Please note D – Distinction, D* is Distinction starred

Particular highlights

  • Art – 100% A*-A
  • Sociology – 38% A*-A, 87% A*-B
  • Business – 25% A*-A
  • Spanish – 100% A*-B
  • Sociology, RS, Business, Computing and German – 100% A*-C


Noel Dawit, an accomplished A*AB who is set to pursue a degree in Land Economy at Cambridge University, said ‘Working as hard as possible whilst keeping faith has been so important. The school has been pivotal for me to come to this stage with supporting staff and the Catholic ethos being instilled throughout’’ 

Student Laiba Waseem who stands among the highest-achieving students with AAB grades expressed her joy regarding her results by stating, “All the late-night study sessions have paid off. It’s an incredible feeling to see my efforts rewarded with such great grades and to go to the University Of Manchester, and study psychology. I want to thank my teachers, and friends for their support throughout this journey.”

Nawailah Makardam, another accomplished student with AAC grades in Fine Art, Graphic Design and Geography, said: “I am absolutely thrilled with my results. It’s a testament to the hard work I put into my studies and the incredible support from my teachers. I am grateful for the education I received at St Bonaventure’s, which has equipped me with the skills and knowledge to pursue my dreams and study primary education as my undergraduate degree at the University of East London.”

Phillip Baboolal, A*A*AA in EPQ, Biology, Chemistry and Geography, said: “Learning how to study correctly allowed me to get my grades from 5s and 6s in GCSEs to A* in A levels, with the help of St Bons I was able to turn my grade around in their comforting environment.”


The consistent excellence of St Bonaventure’s Sixth Form is further exemplified by the number of students progressing to prestigious Russell Group Universities. Additionally, several students have opted for exciting degree apprenticeships with renowned organisations, including Accenture, Mazars Group, and Skanska. 

Director of Sixth Form, Mr Templeman, shared his reflections on the student’s accomplishments, stating : “I am immensely proud of this cohort of students, who were fully aware that they would be taking ‘full strength’ A-Levels and BTEC examinations this year. They have worked so hard towards achieving their goals and I have loved supporting them every step of the way. Whether our students attend top universities, take up apprenticeships, employment routes or gap years, we are proud of every single one of them.”

St Bonaventure remains steadfast to provide a full and comprehensive curriculum for all students to enable them to develop their full potential in all areas of school life – spiritual, intellectual, physical, creative, moral and social to become good and responsible citizens who leave a positive impact on society.


About St Bonaventure’s 6th Form

St. Bonaventure’s 6th Form champions inclusivity, welcoming students from different faiths and various backgrounds within Newham and surrounding areas. The school fosters a strong sense of community, driven by its dedication to providing essential pastoral and holistic care to each and every student, guiding them towards their desired destinations.

St. Bon’s provides a diverse range of qualifications, including the renowned GCE A-levels and BTEC courses, placing a strong focus on academic excellence. The sixth form takes great pride in its longstanding tradition of preparing students for admission into prestigious higher education institutions across the UK. Prominent universities like Imperial College London, and University College London, the London School of Economics, and other well-known institutions within the Russell Group often serve as destinations for St Bon’s students. Many graduates pursue diverse fields such as medicine, law, engineering, and economics, showcasing the range of opportunities available to them.