Student Success


GCSE results ‘outstanding’ at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy

Year 11 students from St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy, Tunstall celebrated after collecting their GCSE results at a time that marks the first official results day since the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Teachers at the school commented on how proud they are of every student for their hard work and determination, and for overcoming the challenges of the pandemic. After achieving fantastic GCSE results this year, students, their families and staff at the school were bursting with pride!  

Principal, Dominic McKenna, said: “If the last few years have proven anything, it’s how incredibly hard our students have worked to secure the future of their dreams.  

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GCSE Results

A Level Results Snippet

Attainment at a high for St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy

Sixth form students from St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy, Tunstall were celebrating after collecting their A Level results this year.

Attainment in both A Levels and vocational studies is higher than in previous years and the staff believe that the caring and supportive environment is a key factor in the improved results.

Principal, Dominic McKenna, said: “I’m delighted that the students have done so well and that they’re able to go to their first choice universities. We have lots of students off to Russell Group universities too, which is a testament to their hard work and determination.

They’re now able to move on to the next stage in their lives and we wish them all the very best for their future.”

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95% of our students stayed in education or entered employment after Key Stage 4

(Data published in January 2020 for pupils who completed Key Stage 4 in 2017 which is the most recent data available)

Enrichment and Extra Curricular

School Physicist of the Year (SPotY) Awards 2018

Molly received her SPotY award from Barbara Grundy, Ogden Trust Consultant, “Molly deserves this award for her perseverance in Physics. Molly has improved tremendously throughout the year and is dedicated to perfecting her understanding. Molly’s story demonstrates that if you work hard and challenge yourself, you will be successful in your achievements”. Ogden Trust celebrating science

Academic Success through Ceramics Apprenticeship

Former SMWCA student Molly McGlynn is a great example of how taking a different route can lead to career and academic success. Molly studied A levels here before embarking on a design apprenticeship at Royal Stafford in Burslem, and going on the become Apprentice of the Year in Stoke on Trent. Molly has since been promoted to become a Product Developer, working with all sorts of clients, including some that require a low public profile about the work they commission!