Results Day 2018!


Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy pupil Ben Langfield is celebrating fantastic GCSE results today.

Ben scored an impressive four grade 9s and six grade 8s and is delighted with his achievements.

“I’m really pleased,” said the 16-year-old. “I worked really hard for these grades. I’m so happy but feeling a bit overwhelmed too!”

Ben will now go to George Spencer Academy Sixth Form to study history, English literature and economics.

“I’m looking forward to going to study A levels and after that I hope I will go to university.”

Ben’s results reflect the good results at Saint John Houghton CVA this year with the school’s Attainment 8 figure now standing at 4.9, compared to 4.6 in 2017.


A total of 80 per cent of students achieved a 4 or above in English, 32 per cent of students achieved a 7 or above in English and a total of 72 per cent of students achieved a 4 or above in English and Maths.

Seventy-seven per cent of students achieved a 4 or above in Maths while 77 per cent achieved a 4 or above in Science (with students achieving at least two grades in Science).

This means that in English, Maths and Science at least 77 per cent of students achieved a 4 or above.


The school’s former head girl Amelia Dawes was delighted with her two grade 9s, three grade 8s, three grade 7s, a grade 6 and an A* in product design. She hopes to follow her passion and eventually go on to study performing arts after she has completed A levels in biology, product design and dance at Bilborough Sixth Form College.

Amelia, who moved to the UK from New Jersey in America three years ago, said: “I’m so pleased with these results but I’m still taking it in. It took me a while to acclimatise to being over here but I have had a positive mental attitude and that has really helped.”


Louis Smith made the most progress from the end of KS2 to the end of KS4 of any of the year group and was over the moon with his results of two grade 8s, five grade 7s and A in business and a grade 6.

“I feel completely shocked,” he said. “I worked so hard for these but I’m really chuffed too.”

Louis is also going to Bilborough Sixth Form College to study chemistry, geography and economics.

Oliver Smith, whose teacher made him a plastic 3D finger to help him type after the teenager lost the use of his arm in a freak bike accident in April last year, passed his science, product design and engineering. He has now regained use of his arm and is now doing a traineeship as a bathroom and kitchen fitter with Aquarius Home Improvements.

“I’m pretty pleased with what I passed and I worked hard for it,” said Oliver.

Ellie Chadburn-Tennyson has her sights set on a possible career with the UN and she is on course for that after achieving two grade 9s, to grade 8s, five grade 7s and a grade 6. She also took German GCSE a year early at a Saturday school and achieved an A. She is hoping to go to Bramcote College Sixth Form to study German, French and history.

“I think these results are quite good,” said Ellie. “I’m pleased and I am looking forward to studying languages in the future.”


Deborah Banks was delighted with her two 9s, three 8s, four 7s and a 5. “I am really happy with these results,” said Deborah. “I’m excited about going to Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology to study maths, English literature, history and biology.”

Former head boy Angus James said he was “quite happy” with his grades of four 8s, three 7s and three 6s. He is now going to study maths, physics and geography at Littleover Community School Sixth Form.

“There were some subjects where I expected I would do well but some I didn’t think I would do as well as I have,” he said.

Taya Joslin said she was shocked but happy with her results of four grade 8s, three grade 7s and two grade 6s. The 16-year-old will be going to Ockbrook School to study sciences as she is keen to pursue a career being a medical physicist.

Molly Fowkes scored an impressive two grade 9s, two grade 8s, three grade 7s and three grade 6s. “I’m so happy and surprised that I got so many 8s and 9s,” she said.

“I worked really hard for the exams.”

Molly is now going to George Spencer Academy Sixth Form School to study biology and chemistry and either RE or English.


Joan McCarthy, head teacher at Saint John Houghton CVA, in Kirk Hallam, said she was delighted with this year’s results.

She said: “We have seen improvements in all areas in this year’s GCSE results and we would like to congratulate our students and thank our dedicated staff for all of their hard work. We would also like to thank all of our students’ families for their support and the local primary schools. We are sure that our students will go on to great things and we wish them the best of luck for the future.”

Parent Survey 2018


We are seeking the views of ALL parents in our April 2018 Survey.  Your views are important and will play a crucial role in helping us to move our school forward.  On average the survey takes just over three and a half minutes to complete.

Many thanks in advance for your contributions.

Please CLICK HERE to to access the survey.

Mr Brogan
Deputy Headteacher

The Top 3 Revision Tips


If you’re determined to get the best grades possible when you open your GCSE results in August, you may be searching for better ways to revise for your exams to make sure you get there.  Nothing beats hard-work, especially when it comes to studying, but there are ways you can guide your brain to remember information easier which supports your ability to learn.


1. Create a Revision Timetable

Building a revision timetable can add structure to your revision and help you identify which GCSE subjects you need to prioritise to get better marks.  Creating a revision timetable is a great way to organise your study time, plus it also helps boost your motivation to revise for your exams.

Download a copy of a blank revision timetable HERE.


2. Take Regular Study Breaks

Do you feel stressed, tired and that no new information is entering your head?  There is no point forcing yourself to study for hours upon hours as this will not result in a positive outcome.  Taking regular study breaks and exercising is proven to engaging your brain in studying and improve your exam performance in the long-run.  So…… exercise in-between revising and especially before the exam.


3. Practice, Practice, Practice

One of the biggest recommendations that past GCSE students recommend is to do as many GCSE past papers as you can.  Practising past papers will help you get familiar with the exam format, question style, time pressure and overall improve your ability to retrieve information quicker.


Good Luck with your revision – Remember: Hard Work, works!

Mr Parr

Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy