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GCSE results in East Lancashire
Updated 5:08pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
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Don't miss tomorrow's Lancashire Telegraph for a 16-page GCSE supplement packed with photos and results!
Here's a photo of Marsden Heights pupils celebrating their results.
See more pictures in our GCSE photo gallery.
RECORD RESULTS AT ALDER GRANGE
A record number of students achieved A* and A grades as Alder Grange School in Rawtenstall bucked the national trend for GCSE results.
Headteacher David Hampson said: “The class of 2013 certainly have an awful lot to be proud of and we are all thrilled with these results. The staff and students could not have worked harder and their efforts have paid off.”
Budding journalist Andrew Gentry (pictured) was one of the star performers gaining one of the best set of results in the school's history.
The 16-year-old from Burnley Road in Crawshawbooth earned 5-and-a-half A* grades and a further 8 A grades when he collected his results.
He said: "I was a little bit stunned to be honest.
"I knew I had done OK but I never expected to do quite that well. I will be taking A levels at Alder Grange’s sixth form, ag6, and one day I would like to go into the media and maybe work as journalist.”
There were record numbers of A star to C grades (75 per cent), and the school also met its target of 56 per cent of students gaining 5 or more A to C grades, including Maths and English. Alder Grange also went against the national trend in Maths with 17 students gaining an A star.
25 students also gained an AS level in English Literature in addition to their GCSE’s.
Another star pupil was Chloe Unsworth from Hollinwood Drive, Rawtenstall who gained 3 A stars and 7 grade As.
She said: “I could not get to sleep the night before the results. I think I am in shock – the results have gone as well I could have hoped to be honest.”
SCIENCE SUCCESS AT WHITWORTH COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
Students across the whole ability range have achieved some very creditable results, with 16 per cent of students gaining 3 or more A*/A grades and every student passing at least 1 subject at C or above. 69 per cent of students achieved grade C or above in Maths, and over 60per cent gained at least 6 A*-C grades.
Physics and Chemistry enjoyed a 100 per cent pass rate with all candidates gaining at least grade C.
Headteacher Maggie Holt said: "Many of Whitworth’s Year 11 cohort are continuing into local sixth forms and are well-equipped to meet the challenges of AS and A level courses.
"Particular congratulations go to deputy head boy Harry Brierley and deputy head girl Katie Earnshaw who scored 18 A*/A grades between them, and also to head girl Sophie Trenholme, deputy head boy Daniel Mundey and deputy head girl Jasmine Oldfield who each achieved at least 7 A*/A grades."
HEAD'S PRIDE IN BOWLAND HIGH STUDENTS
Bowland High School headteacher John Tarbox praised the 'outstanding efforts' of his students, who have improved on last year's results.
He said: “We are very proud of the achievements of all of the pupils.
"Several pupils have achieved the highest possible grades in all, or virtually all, of their courses and the overwhelming majority of pupils have made excellent progress from their starting point in year 7.
"We are very pleased that the overall number of pupils achieving 5 good GCSEs including English and maths has increased by 5 percentage points from 2012.
"These results are testament to the outstanding efforts of both the pupils and their teachers. Our very best wishes go to everybody leaving Bowland this year for continued success on their chosen courses and beyond.”
WEST CRAVEN'S 'SUPERB' YEAR GROUP
Students at West Craven High School have improved on last year's performance.
Top performer was Nikki Harper who achieved 10 A* GCSEs.
Headteacher Arnold Kuchartschuk said: "Students, their parents and staff have worked together and their results are the best ever in the history of the school.
"This is the fourth year in a row.
"I am so proud and privileged to be part of their success, which is well deserved from pupils gaining A* to young people exceeding beyond their dreams.
"They are a testimony to the calibre of young people in our community.
"Well done to a superb year group."
'FANTASTIC' RESULTS AT HASLINGDEN HIGH SCHOOL
At Haslingden High School 94 per cent of all students gained 5 or more A*-C passes with 76% achieving this benchmark with English and maths.
The school is delighted with the number of higher level GCSE passes; 49% of students achieving at least 3 A*/A grades and 20 of those achieving 8 or more.
Headteacher Mark Jackson headteacher said: “Our students have achieved some fantastic GCSE results, a just reward for their hard work, dedication and commitment alongside our staff.
"Special thanks must go to all our parents for their continued support which is such a vital factor in the success of our young people. I would like to congratulate all our students and wish them every success for the future.”
BEST EVER RESULTS AT SIR JOHN THURSBY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Students, staff and governors at Sir John Thursby Community College are delighted with a 10 per cent improvement in their results.
48 per cent of pupils achieved 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths.
80 per cent of students achieved 5 A*-C and 10 students achieved 8 or more A*/A grades.
Headteacher David Burton said: "We are very pleased with our increase in results this year to 48 per cent, the school's highest ever GCSE results, which reflects our Ofsted grading of good with outstanding features. We are particularly pleased as exam boards are warning schools that they have made GCSE exams harder. Our students' success is the result of all the hard work of students, staff and parents. We will continue to ensure 100 per cent of our students are in work, training or have the right college place when they leave Sir John Thursby because they have an outstanding attendance record as well as excellent qualifications.
"Our whole school results have increased by 10 per cent but throughout England the same measure has fallen by almost one-and-a-half per cent so we are pleased with our increase and want to do even better every year."
Here's a photo of St Bede's pupils celebrating their GCSE results.
See more in our GCSE results gallery.
BUMPER YEAR AT ST AUGUSTINE'S IN BILLINGTON
Pupils at St Augustine’s celebrated outstanding results in another year filled with success stories.
Headteacher Michael Wright was extremely pleased with the results this year.
He said: “Once again, our students have shown the hard work and determination necessary for success and they should be rightly proud of their achievements.
"The students have been supported by teachers and parents throughout their time at St. Augustine’s and I would like to congratulate them on their outstanding results.
"There has been a tougher regime implemented on GCSE grades this year but our students have risen to the challenge with excellent results across the board.
"We had lots of fantastic students who have been involved in a wide range of activities that have helped them to develop as individuals as well as achieve highly in their examinations.”
Head boy James Harvey and head girl Molly Dunn were delighted with their raft of A* grades.
Molly said: “I have had such a great time during my time at St Augustine’s and am looking forward to going to college.
“The teachers have really helped us during our time at school and we appreciate how much effort they put in.”
Both now go on to St Mary’s College in Blackburn to study A Levels including Maths, Chemistry and Biology.
The school’s results show that 91 per cent of students achieved 5 A*-C grades and 72 per cent of the pupils achieved this benchmark figure including English and Maths.
Every pupil on roll achieved at least one nationally recognised qualification with excellent achievements in GCSEs and other vocational courses. It was a bumper year for top grades too, with 140 pupils achieving the top A/A* grades.
HIGH HOPES FOR SAINTS JOHN FISHER & THOMAS MORE HUMANITIES COLLEGE STUDENTS
Headteacher Chris Bohills said he had high hopes for the future of this year's GCSE students.
He said: "Once again congratulations to all our GCSE students and their teachers on achieving outstanding results in the 2013 examinations.
"Results are very pleasing with 63 per cent gaining 5 or more A*- C grades including English and mathematics. 94 per cent gained 5 or more A* - C grades – our highest ever. We are delighted to yet again be above national average for the key performance indicators.
"13 students gained A* or A in 8 or more subjects, 64 gained A* or A in at least one. 35 students (24 per cent of the Year 11 cohort) gained the EBacc qualification – an increase of 18 per cent from the previous year.
"Other results were also very good with 9 subjects achieving 100 per cent pass rate at Grade C or above, maintaining our high standards. We are confident that students from Year 11 will be able to gain a place at the Post 16 institution of their choice or will be in a good position to progress into employment or training.
"Fishermore is a dynamic, high achieving and improving school and we look forward to continuing this in the future under the leadership of our new headteacher Clare Hayes.
"Once again we are very proud of all our students and wish them all the very best in their future careers."
RT @lancstelegraph: Video @WestholmeSchool of pupils receiving their results this morning #LTGCSE http://t.co/w1eazWmBWW— @WestholmeSchool 22 August 2013
SUCCESS FOR STUDENTS OF ALL SAINTS HIGH SCHOOL, RAWTENSTALL
The new headteacher of All Saints High School in Rawtenstall has congratulated pupils on their results.
Headteacher Brian McNally said: “Congratulations to the class of 2013.
"We are pleased with the successes of our students during a year which has provided unique circumstances.
"A significant improvement has been with a greater per centage achieving 5A*-A grades. May our leavers continue to live our mission, “Luceat lux Vestra” as they embark on the next stage of their education."
INSPIRING STORIES FROM St WILFRID'S IN BLACKBURN
Staff at St Wilfrid's are delighted by the excellent GCSE results this summer and send their warmest congratulations to students on their success.
The English Learning Area are delighted with their grades, a swift and triumphant response to the national issues of last year.
Acting principal Cath Huddleston said: "These results are a real credit to the hard work of students.
"The Academy acknowledges the invaluable partnership which exists between students, parents and staff which really has brought about such a wonderful set of GCSE results. Our aim is always to aspire for excellence and there are so many reasons and personal stories to celebrate today.
"One such story is that of George Claxton who is being welcomed into the 6th Form following his amazing fortitude and recovery process after his traumatic accident.
"Oliver Rathbone was delighted with his all A and B grade results which are a real credit as he has done so well to juggle the commitments of playing for Manchester United and life at St Wilfrid’s. Maisie Ireland has achieved a great set of grades which enables her to pursue her musical passion, taking up her place at Cheetham School."
Many St Wilffrids's students are expected to progress to its sixth form.
'FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENT' AT HOLLINS TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE
70 per cent of students at Hollins Technology College gained 5+ A*-C including maths and English.
Headteacher Steve Campbell said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the school.
"The students deserve these results for the hard work and dedication to their studies and I wish to congratulate them and my staff on a superb set of results!”
THANKS TO NORDEN HIGH SCHOOL PUPILS AND STAFF
Students and staff at Rishton's Norden high School are celebrating 'exceptional' results.
Headteacher Tim Mitchell said: "We would like to acknowledge the significant achievements of the students here at Norden in this year’s GCSE examinations.
"Some of our students are celebrating exceptional results across the board. We are particularly pleased with the outcomes in key subjects such as Mathematics.
"I would like to take the opportunity to formally acknowledge the hard work and efforts of all our students and staff in securing these outcomes."
OUTSTANDING RESULTS AT TAUHEEDUL ISLAM GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL -placing the school as the highest achieving in the borough VIA #LTgcse— @noxhanti 22 August 2013
BEST RESULTS EVER FOR BURNLEY'S BLESSED TRINITY - 24 students – secured five A*s or As + three of their pupils have 10 A*s + As VIA #LTgcse— @noxhanti 22 August 2013
VIDEO FROM WESTHOLME SCHOOL
Here's a video of students at Blackburn's Westholme School receiving their results.
Follow news of today's GCSE results in East Lancashire here throughout the day: http://t.co/sfn9VQaQdo #LTgcse— @lancstelegraph 22 August 2013
CONGRATULATIONS TO MOUNT CARMEL PUPILS
At Accrington's Mount Carmel High School, 47 per cent of students achieved 5 A* - C grades including English and Maths.
98 per cent of all pupils achieved at least 1 A*-C grade, 59 per cent of all pupils achieved 5 A*-C grades.
We would like to congratulate all of our pupils and staff on our 2013 GCSE results and thank parents for their continued support.
52 pupils achieved 1 A/A* grade and 15 per cent achieved at least 3 A/A* grades.
FLORIDA CALL FOR PADIHAM STAR PUPIL
MUM Janella Thompson had to call her daughter in Florida to tell her she was a star pupil.
Blessed Trinity’s Abbey Bracken, who lives in Padiham, was on holiday in America and Janella picked up her results yesterday morning.
She opened them live on 2BR radio and couldn’t stop crying.
“”I can’t believe how well she has done,” said Abbey’s mum. “She has got seven A*s and three As. I am so proud of her.
“The school is fantastic and she has loved it here.
“I just wish I could get through to her but the signal is bad. I am so happy for her!”
Abbey is going to study Maths, Biology, Physics and Chemistry at St Mary’s College in Blackburn.
“She wants to be a doctor,” added her mum.
ANOTHER NEW RECORD AT DARWEN ACADEMY
Students and staff at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (DACA) are celebrating a new record high GCSE pass rate for the fourth consecutive year. The percentage of DACA students gaining the government’s ‘gold standard’ of five or more GCSE grades at A*-C has risen to 64 per cent, the best ever achieved at the Academy.
The percentage of students gaining five or more GCSE A*-C grades overall has also once again out-performed national averages with Academy students achieving a 99 per cent pass rate.
In mathematics, 73 per cent of students achieved a grade C or better and the result was identical in English with 73 per cent of students also achieving a grade C or better.
Academy principal Brendan Loughran said: “These results confirm what Ofsted told us earlier in 2013, that Darwen Aldridge Community Academy is a good school, and is heading towards outstanding status. After a great set of A Level results last week, the GCSE achievements are the culmination of a superb year at the Academy.
“It is important to look at what the results say in terms of the levels of progress being made in a school and we are delighted that once again at the Academy students are making progress well above the national averages, particularly in mathematics and English”.
Chairman of DACA sponsors the Aldridge Foundation Sir Rod Aldridge said: “Following the Ofsted inspectors’ Good rating of the academy earlier this year, and another record set of A Level results last week, this is more excellent news for the academy and the community. It’s well deserved recognition for all of the hard work of DACA’s students, teachers and staff. These students were the first cohort to spend all five years of their secondary education at the Academy and their results are fantastic.”
“Our new Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio school opens in just a few days and I know that it expects to deliver the same high standards as DACA. With so many now progressing from excellent GCSE results through to A levels and on to university or good jobs, these are exciting times for DACA and its students.”
'SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT' AT OAKHILL COLLEGE, WHALLEY
87 per cent of students at Oakhill College achieved five or more GCSE passes at grades A-C. 62 per cent of the grades were A*-B.
Principal Carmel Riley said: "I am delighted with this year’s GCSE results which show a significant improvement from previous years.
"Attaining good grades at GCSE takes hard work and commitment; both pupils and staff have made a determined effort to raise attainment and with considerable success.
"Today will be a very happy day for our pupils and staff as we celebrate the results of consistent commitment and determination to achieve.
"It is impossible to single out any individuals as everyone has achieved but it is very pleasing to see such an increase in the number of higher grades awarded."
PRIDE AT NELSON'S MARSDEN HEIGHTS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
78 per cent of Marsden Heights students achieved five A*-C grades, with 19 per cent achieving those qualifications leading to the English Baccalaureate.
Headteacher Mike Tull said: "These are impressive statistics which pay testimony to the dedication, hard work and commitment of all our staff and the strong partnerships which we forge with our parents and families.
"I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of our students, to thank all members of our learning community for their unstinting support and commitment to the education and development of our young people, into the successful young adults that they have become, over the last five years.
"Our parents and all members of staff are proud of the strong record of achievement which we have established over the years and which has been reinforced again this year.
"44 per cent of our Year 11 achieved 5 A*-C including English and Mathematics.
"Well done to all of our students who I am sure will continue to make us all proud in the years to come."
RECORD YEAR AT ST CHRISTOPHER'S IN ACCRINGTON
St Christophers' school in Accrington is celebrating record results.
Headteacher Alasdair Coates said: "We are delighted at the record results, we are particularly pleased to have bucked the downwards national trend in Science as our results are 10 per cent better.
"We have also increased our A and A* grades, where these have fallen nationally.
"This builds on our A-level success and puts us in the top 100 schools nationally."
OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES AT PENDLE VALE
Pendle Vale College has congratulated its Year 11 students on their achievements in this year’s GCSEs.
Headteacher Steve Wilson said: "Within these results there were some absolutely outstanding individual performances.
"44 per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C grades, including English and Mathematics, and 68% of all students achieved five or more A* to C passes overall.
"Thanks go out to all our staff for their continued hard work with and commitment towards the students.
"We wish all of our, now former, students the very best for their future achievements and even greater success."
'CONSISTENT PROGRESS' AT BLACKBURN'S QUEEN ELIZABETH'S GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Cameron Barrie from Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Blackburn achieved the top grade, Grade A*, in ten subjects he sat in this year’s GCSE examinations.
Cameron, from Rossendale, was delighted at the news he received today.
Ten pupils at Queen Elizabeth’s achieved Grade A* or A in eight or nine subjects.
88% of QEGS pupils gained a minimum of five subjects at grades A* to C.
Headteacher Simon Corns said: “It is good to see pupils such as Cameron do so well, especially in a year when there has been downwards pressure on results nationally.
“These results show consistency, and we are very proud of the progress that these pupils have made since joining the school; it is particularly good to see the A* - C rate has gone up by 5%.
"We look forward to helping them achieve more in our Sixth Form, where only last week 15 per cent of grades awarded were A*.”
BEST RESULTS EVER FOR BURNLEY'S BLESSED TRINITY
Blessed Trinity can boast the best GCSE results the school has ever had.
24 students – more than 10 per cent – secured five A*s or As and three of their pupils have 10 A*s and As.
Hayley Johnson, Abbey Bracken and Amy-Lea McKeen were the girls celebrating the top grades.
The pass rate in maths has steadily risen over the years from 51 per cent in 2011 to this year's 62 per cent.
The Roman Catholic school’s best results came in French where the pass rate jumped from 54 per cent last year to 83 per cent this year. Graphics rose from 51 per cent to 80 per cent.
Biology, chemistry and physics maintained a mid-80s pass rate.
Head Teacher Richard Varey said: “We are absolutely thrilled, they are best ever results.
"We have 56 per cent of students with five A*-C, including English and Maths, which is a tremendous achievement.
"This represents an important step in our school becoming an ‘outstanding’ school.”
STONYHURST CELEBRATES BEST EVER EXAM RESULTS
Students at Stonyhurst College have achieved the best ever GCSE results in the school's long history, with 48 per cent graded A* or A.
Headteacher Andrew Johnson praised the pupils' hard work and the dedicated support given by their teachers, enabling Stonyhurst candidates to do so well.
This follows last week's excellent A level results, with 43% of exams graded A* or A, and 68% scoring between A* and B.
The results have enabled the majority of Stonyhurst leavers to secure places at top UK universities. Five students have confirmed places at Oxford.
97 PER CENT PASS RATE AT WESTHOLME
At Westholme School, there were 100 per cent pass rates in seven subjects, including Chinese, German, History and Geography.
97 per cent of students achieved five A*-C grades. In English there was a 97 per cent pass rate and in iGCSE Mathematics there was a 100% pass rate with 83% of all grades at A*/A.
Headteacher Lillian Croston said: "Congratulations to all Westholme students who have worked very hard and excelled in their GCSE results.
"Nearly half of all grades were at A*/A grades which is much higher than the national average.
"All in all, the results are excellent across the board. Congratulations and thanks go also to our dedicated and inspiring teaching staff and to our supportive parents."
OUTSTANDING RESULTS AT TAUHEEDUL ISLAM GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL
Students, staff and parents at Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School and Sixth Form College are celebrating outstanding GCSE results, placing the school as the highest achieving in the borough.
97 per cent of students achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grades A* to C with English and Maths, whilst 85 per cent achieved the English Baccalaureate.
The English Baccalaureate has been introduced by the Government to recognise achievement in a range of academic and challenging subjects. It is awarded to students who achieve A*-C in each of English, Maths, two Sciences, a modern language and History or Geography. Nationally, fewer than 20% of students achieve the English Baccalaureate.
Principal Hamid Patel said: "Our students have achieved outstanding results. Their sacrifice, and that of all of our staff, has been just phenomenal."
SUCCESS FOR WITTON PARK PUPILS
It's been a good GCSE year for Witton Park High School in Blackburn.
Headteacher Dean Logan said: “Congratulations to all the successful students receiving their exam results. I am particularly pleased with the success our students have had this year in English, Maths and Science.
“71 per cent of students achieved grades A* to C in English and 74 per cent in Maths. 64 per cent of these students gained both their English and Maths GCSE.
"Having changed our curriculum substantially, not to rely on vocational qualifications, the results this year provide a firm foundation for the continuing success of Witton Park.
"Crucially, changes are ahead of the government strategy to modify the way vocational qualifications are valued.”
GCSE TOP GRADE NUMBERS SET TO FALL
Hundreds of thousands of teenagers are receiving their GCSE results amid predictions that fewer pupils will score decent passes in key subjects such as science and maths.
One expert has also suggested that the overall proportion of entries awarded at least a C grade could drop again this year.
Last summer, the proportion of GCSEs awarded a C grade or above fell for the first time in the exam's history, with 69.4% getting this grade or higher, down 0.4% on 2011. There was also a fall in the proportion of GCSEs awarded the top grades and drops in the percentage of English, maths and science entries achieving passes at A*-C.
Professor Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at Buckingham University, said it was likely that results will drop again.
He claimed that in the past, the pass rate had "gone up year on year because everyone had a vested interest in that happening".
But he said this has changed and there is now a "true regulator" - Ofqual - which has said standards should be comparable year on year and this could stop any rise.
Ahead of this year's results there have been warnings of turbulence in the system, including rises in the numbers of pupils sitting maths and English GCSEs multiple times, and in the numbers of youngsters sitting exams earlier.
This could have an effect on the overall and individual subject pass rates.
Figures have shown that tens of thousands of pupils took papers for more than one maths GCSE last summer, and that around a quarter of maths entries (23%) this year are for students who are 15 or younger, effectively pupils who are sitting papers earlier than the final year of secondary school.
More pupils are being entered for IGCSEs in maths and English, according to Ofqual figures, while around 15% of students taking maths GCSE last summer - about 90,000 youngsters - also sat at least one paper from a second maths GCSE.
Labour said it believed that for GCSE maths alone, the cost of putting pupils into additional exams last year was estimated to be nearly £11 million.
Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg said entering pupils several times for the same subject "can't be good for school budgets, standards or learning".
The Department for Education said schools should not be entering students for exams early, and then for resits, or for multiple exams in the same subject, saying it is "not good for pupils".
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