The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School

About the School

The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School is an academy in the Archdiocese of Westminster; it has a strong Catholic ethos, a pan-London intake, a tradition of outstanding academic outcomes and a strong regard for good behaviour, self-discipline and self-improvement among its pupils, whatever their background or ability.

School Profile

The Vaughan has long enjoyed a position of national prominence in terms of the high performance of its pupils in public examinations: year after year the School tops national league tables, regularly outperforming many selective and fee-paying schools.  In 2019, for example, 13% of grades attained at A-Level were A*, 44.6% were A* and A, and 69.6% A* – B. Almost a quarter of students attained AAA or higher at A-Level and eleven obtained places at Oxbridge. These superlative results, no flash in the pan, keep us right at the top end of The Times‘s national league table for all Catholic comprehensive schools at A-Level. At GCSE, the proportion of grades at 9 & 8 (i.e. equivalent to the old A* grades and above) was, at 31.5%, extremely high, and over three times the national average for boys.  Half of all grades were 9-7 – in other words, in old money, A**, A* or A.  I am especially proud that the proportion of grade 9s attained by Vaughan boys in English Language was, at 10.1%, over seven times higher than that of all boys nationally (1.4%) and that the overall average grade attained by Vaughan boys across the board was 6.2: that is every boy knocking on the door of an old A grade in every subject.  Such results make the Vaughan, according to The Times, the highest performing comprehensive school for boys in the country.

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