About the School
The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School is a Catholic comprehensive school situated in the pleasant surroundings of Holland Park in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. There are around 955 pupils, with boys in the Lower School (KS3-KS4) and over 340 girls and boys in the Sixth Form (KS5). This heavily oversubscribed school recently celebrated its centenary and has a long tradition of academic, musical and sporting success.
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 2017, for example, our A-Level students achieved double the national average of grades at A*, with 85.9% receiving grades marked A* – B and ten pupils obtaining a place at Oxbridge. These superlative results, no flash in the pan, are, for a third year in a row, good enough to place the School at the top of The Times’s league table for all Catholic comprehensive schools at A-Level and the second highest-performing overall. At GCSE, our pupils again more than doubled the national average for boys at A* and A* & A grades; the proportion of boys securing more than five good grades, including Mathematics and English, has exceeded that of their national counterparts by many magnitudes.
At the Vaughan we are determined to draw out and develop the aptitudes and talents of all our pupils. In this, I believe, we are successful, as our outstanding public examination results show. Its success is attributable to its unapologetically traditional outlook: we expect hard work from pupils and staff, and support from the parents. Regular homework in all subjects is set to support classwork. High standards of discipline are expected and enforced. This traditional approach, however, does not mean that the School looks backwards – on the contrary, pupils’ learning is supplemented by state-of-the-art technology. The Vaughan is, therefore, traditional in the best sense of the term: retaining the best of the old, it adopts of the best of the new.
At the heart of the School’s success, however, lies its Catholic ethos, which underpins all that it does. It is this ethos, to which all members of the School – staff, pupils and parents – subscribe, which binds us all together, creating a sense of unity. This unity of outlook leads to a clearly defined sense of purpose, which creates real momentum. The results of this are plain for all to see.
A-Level Results 2017
In 2017, The Times A-Level League Tables ranked Cardinal Vaughan is the highest attaining Catholic comprehensive school in the country and the second highest attaining comprehensive overall. Our A-Level students achieved double the national average of grades at A*, with 85.9% receiving grades marked A* – B. The last three years have produced the best results in the School’s one hundred year history; this year ten pupils have obtained a place at Oxbridge.
GCSE Results 2017
The GCSE results for 2017 Cardinal Vaughan has more than doubled the national average for boys at A* and A* & A grades (9-7). 86.7% of pupils secured five or more A* to C grades including English and Mathematics (at grade 4 or higher). According to The Times, League Tables Cardinal Vaughan is the top boys’ comprehensive in the country.
For more information about The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School please access our website: www.cvms.co.uk.