It has been a fantastic end to the year for students at St David’s Catholic College, who have received their A Level results in the year we saw the return of exams.

Learners were able to overcome the challenges of a disruptive two years of college, due to the pandemic, to achieve outstanding A Level results.

St David’s’ students have outperformed the national averages, with 46.5% of learners gaining A* to A grades.

  • A* – A Grades: 46.5% (5.6% above the national average)
  • A* – B Grades: 70% (3.5% above the national average)
  • A*- C Grades: 85.6% (0.3% above the national average)

St David’s Honours Programme learners achieved exceptionally good results with 69% achieving A* – A grades.

  • A* – A Grades: 69%
  • A* – B Grades: 87%
  • A*- C Grades: 93%

Learners were able to attend college to collect their results for the first time in 3 years, and while statistics show how successful they had been, the smiles, celebrations and stories shared between students and their teachers showed the full picture.

Stories of sleepless nights and anxious waits quickly turned into conversations of “I did it!” and “what’s next?”

Over 400 learners have currently progressed onto university courses, of which 96% have been placed at their first choice. Others have progressed onto degree apprenticeships, apprentices, employment, and gap years.

Three students have progressed to study at Oxford University, including Nikolas Haarhoff to study Computer Science.


Mel Benedict achieved a fantastic set of results and will now be progressing to study Human Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University.

Students are progressing to a wide range of universities, including many top universities in the UK. As well as Oxford and Cambridge, students are progressing to LSE, Durham, UCL, Warwick, Bath and Loughborough – all within the top 10 ranked UK universities.

Law has continued to be a popular career aspiration this year, with many students progressing to study Law at university, including Elliot Morrissey, who is going to study at Durham, and Martin Madamidola progressing to Exeter University.

Principal Mark Leighfield has said;

‘We are proud of the achievements of all our students.

The results received this year are testament to the hard work and adaptability of all within the college community, of which we can all look back on the past two years and be immensely proud of everything we have achieved together as a college.

We are confident that with these results, and the skills they have developed during their time at St David’s, our learners will be prepared for the new challenges ahead, whatever they may be.