The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial Secondary School is determined to draw out and develop the aptitudes and talents of all their pupils.
As their outstanding public examination results show. In 2016, for example, 20% of grades attained at A-Level were at A* (well over twice the national average), with 82.8% at A* – B, while ten students obtained a place at Oxbridge.
These superlative results, no flash in the pan, are, for a fourth year in a row, good enough to place the School at the top of The Times’s league table for all comprehensive schools at A-Level. At GCSE, the proportion of grades at A* was, at 22.1%, over quadruple that of boys nationally and three times higher at A* and A (49.4%). 87.4% of their boys secured more than five good grades including Mathematics and English. These results make the Vaughan, according to The Times, the highest performing comprehensive school for boys in the country.
The school regards academic success as incomplete without their Catholic ethos, which underpins everything they do. Quite simply, they see our principal role, as a Catholic school, to be a seed-ground for the apostolic mission of the Church. The School aims, through the provision of a Catholic ethos and of sound Catholic teaching, to prepare their pupils to undertake their responsibilities as Catholics in society. Working in partnership with parents, they aim to foster in their pupils a love for the Church which will help them to grow and develop as they make their way through life.