Schools celebrate GCSE results

LRGS boys celebrate their GCSE results.

LRGS boys celebrate their GCSE results.

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Students across the district are celebrating their GCSE results this morning.

Students and staff at Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School are celebrating another excellent year of GCSE results.

LRGS boys celebrate their GCSE results.

LRGS boys celebrate their GCSE results.

The percentage of grades at A*-A was 77 per cent, with 39 per cent of grades at A*.

More than 70 per cent of the year group gained at least eight of their GCSEs at A*-A, which represents outstanding achievement.

Many girls achieved or exceeded their personal targets.

LGGS head Jackie Cahalin said: “These excellent results are a tribute to the hard work of both the students and staff at Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School.

Ripley pupils check their results.

Ripley pupils check their results.

“The students made the most every opportunity and were especially focused on their revision for the exams.

“We look forward to welcoming them to the sixth form at Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School.

“A very special mention to Claudia Jackson and Stephi Stacey who gained A* grades in all of the 12 GCSEs they sat, which included an additional qualification in GCSE further mathematics.

“Many congratulations also to Iona Cross, Lissie Godden and Ellie Kerr who achieved A* grades in all 11 GCSEs.

Ripley pupils check their results.

Ripley pupils check their results.

“Another 10 girls gained grade A* in ten of their GCSEs, Charlotte Bailey, Isobel Cawley, Anna Cookson, Rachel Coombs, Olivia Cottam, Emma Cutting, Molly Jenkins, Natalie Lutaaya, Fiona Shirras and Lizzie Wimborne.”

The pupils of Lancaster Royal Grammar School have gained outstanding GCSE results in their exams this summer. 

141 students sat a total of 1527 examinations. 62 per cent of all GCSEs were graded A or A*, and almost a third of all GCSEs received A* grades. 

Headmaster Dr Chris Pyle said: “This is an excellent set of results, and I am delighted with the work that our pupils have put in to achieving them.  Well done to each and every one of them on their achievements. 

Celebrating results at Giggleswick.

Celebrating results at Giggleswick.

“These results are also a tribute to the outstanding commitment and teaching of our fantastic staff at LRGS.” 

Amongst the exceptional individual results, 25 students gained seven or more A* grades. 

Three students gained 10 A* grades – Michael Padfield, Prakash Thanikachalam and Adam Long – and three students gained an outstanding eleven A* grades:  Dominic Brown, Zachary Harper and Joseph Pritchard.

Ripley principal Liz Nicholls said: “We are delighted that our 267 Year 11 students this year have achieved outstanding results after all their hard work.

“The year group has been very committed to their studies over the past five years and has been richly rewarded today.

“The headline figures are very pleasing for the academy with 93 per cent of students achieving Grade C and above in English and 91 per cent Grade C and above in mathematics.

Results day at Giggleswick.

Results day at Giggleswick.

“Overall 84 per cent of students achieved the benchmark of five A*-C grades including English and maths.

“All these results show significant improvement from last year and are particularly pleasing in view of the increased difficulty of the examinations.

“Congratulations to all our young people! We hope to welcome many of them back into our sixth form and we wish every success to those leaving us for pastures new.”

The final round of GCSEs was held at Skerton High School this year after it was officially closed.

Acting head Lyndon Day said: “I am extremely proud of the results of the very last Skerton High cohort who have worked very hard under trying circumstances completing their education as the school closed around them.

“All pupils have achieved well enough to enable them to move on to their post 16 destination at Sixth Form, college or to apprenticeships with some outstanding results achieved by Reece Edgar and Jasmine Corps.

“I would like to thank the local authority for allowing the pupils to complete their secondary education on the Skerton site, the staff for their enormous effort and determination, the parents for their support and above all the pupils who have worked so hard.

“I wish all the students success in their future endeavours.”

Des Coyle, deputy head at Our Lady’s Catholic College, said: “We are delighted that our students have once again done fantastically well with more than 70 per cent of GCSE qualifications being graded at A*-C.

“We have seen an increase in the top GCSE results with one in five grades being awarded at A* or A.

“Student performance in the vocational subjects is also excellent. The progress that this year 11 group has made is truly remarkable and we congratulate them, their parents and their teachers.”

Central Lancaster High School headteacher, Jon Wright, said: ‘Once again we have some fantastic results! I am so pleased for all the students, who have worked so hard.

“The government seems intent on making it harder to achieve and as a school focused on the individual student, I am very proud of all they have achieved at every level.

“What is important is the progress made with English ahead of national averages and maths rapidly catching up.

“68 per cent achieved a C grade or higher in English and 61 per cent in maths. The overall headline figures have improved, showing a positive trend with 40 per cent achieving at least one top grade and 55 per cent more than five good grades.

“The best results show 10 A* or A grades and one in 10 achieved five or more such grades. This is an emphatic vote of confidence for our ethos, our curriculum, which is designed for students’ needs and their future progression, not simply ‘approved qualifications’ and the sterling work of the staff. Congratulations to all concerned!”

The school had some impressive individual performances, not only considering the highest grades, but with many students achieving beyond expectation: Kiera Harrison, with 10 A*/A grades said: “I am delighted with my exam results and I can now progress onto my chosen career.

“CLHS has given me fantastic opportunities and helped me achieve.”

Christa Medd-Stengel, with seven A*/A grades, two Bs and two Cs, said: “I am really happy. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my teachers, who pushed me to work harder to achieve my grades. I am so pleased to be staying into the Sixth Form.”

Morecambe Community High School was also celebrating its results.

Head John McNaughton said: “Another day when the school can celebrate an overall improvement in GCSE results.

“There was a significant progress in maths and the pupil premium gaps were halved. It was satisfying that the honest hard work of so many students has been acknowledged and appreciated.”

Heysham head John Shannon thanked students and staff for their hard work in maintaining the standards set last year, and highlighted the increase in the percentage of A*-A grades in English, maths and science. 

He said: “There have been some exceptional individual performances this year, including one student who gained 100 per cent in GCSE PE.

“I am delighted that the work so many students put in to their studies has paid off, enabling them to return next year to pursue their career goals.”

Garstang Community Academy students have achieved the best GCSE results in their school’s history, with 66 per cent of students gaining five A*-C grades including English and maths.

Headteacher Phil Birch is delighted with his students’ latest success: “We are all totally inspired by this year’s phenomenal GCSE results, which are testament to the enthusiasm and dedication of our fabulous Team Garstang.”

Giggleswick head Mark Turnbull said: “Fresh from the success of last week’s record A-level results, we’re back celebrating more fantastic achievements this week at Giggleswick with our best ever GCSE results.

“As well as increasing our GCSE pass rate to over 95 per cent, nearly half of our entries achieved A*/A grades and more than 78% secured A* to B grades.

“Amongst our many top performers is Alison Wong, who opened up her results this morning in Hong Kong to find that she had achieved 11 straight A*s. An exceptional result.

“The achievements of our students are all the more impressive considering the continued talk in government and media about “toughening up” on GCSE results.

“We’re delighted to be bucking national trends and that includes our boys who have successfully outperformed the girls at the higher grades this year with 50 per cent of them achieving A*/A grades.

“We are also nurturing some impressive female scientists, with 83 per cent of them achieving A*/As in physics and 73 per cent in chemistry.

“They could soon be following in the footsteps of our Year 13 leavers, Catherine Mills from Giggleswick and Miriam Lord from Settle, who are both off to study ccience at Oxford next month.

“Sharing in the success of our students today are the parents, teachers and staff who have worked tirelessly to support them all.

“These results are testimony to our incredibly supportive and positive community that nurtures the ambitions and skills of all these talented individuals.”

The fruit of a lot of hard work by all involved has been seen once again at Saint Aidan’s in Preesall as students collected their GCSE results, with many exceeding their GCSE targets.

Headteacher Andy Smith was particularly pleased to see that the school’s English Baccalaureate figure has smashed last year’s school record.

He said: “46 per cent of students reached this milestone which shows the proportion of students gaining high grades across a wide range of academic subjects.

“This would have made Saint Aidan’s the highest achieving English Bacc state school on the Fylde last year.

“There were great performances across a range of subject with individual subject records also broken in maths, geography and music.

“Even among other high performers, Head Girl Olivia Stupart stood out with 12 A* grades and an A grade.

“Our warmest congratulations go out today to the 130 GCSE students who received their results today.”

It has been another strong year at Carnforth High School with students making very good progress compared to their starting points.

The school is especially proud of Ella Griffiths, who achieved 10 A* and A grades, Amelia Kelly, who achieved nine A* and A grades and Lilly Johnston, Joe Shaw and Laura Shepherd, who all achieved eight A* and A grades.

Art students will also be celebrating today as all 100 per cent of them gained a good GCSE pass and 40 per cent of students achieved A or A*.

Other stand out results are physics, where 94 per cent of students achieved a GCSE pass, 34 per cent at A or A*.

The first year of the new style vocational examinations has also seen students perform well, with 100 per cent of students achieving a Level 2 pass or higher in music and health and social care and 91 per cent achieving this in business studies with 36 per cent at Distinction or Distinction*.

Some subject areas have made dramatic leap forward in their in results this year. History, physical education, German, resistant materials and graphics have all see improvements of more than 20 per cent from last year’s results.

Head Victoria Michael said: “We are very proud of all our students have achieved and look forward to welcoming many of them back to Sixth Form in September.”

Dallam students have produced a very creditable set of results which continue the trend of improvement at the school.

Headteacher William Bancroft congratulated all the students on a very good set of results especially in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science.

He said: “All the students have worked very hard and special congratulations go to those who have a string of the highest A and A* grades and to those who have overcome significant obstacles to achieve GCSE success.

“These include Lizzie Goodfellow, Aless Gibson, Adam Dewhurst, Fraser Barclay, Jack Harper, Sameerah Connor, Matthew Jones, Sarah Lycett, Martin Missihoun, Gemma Mitchell, Shannon Nicholson, Bryan Chan, Chris Bradshaw, Lucy Abbit, Glenn Salter, Adam Wolstanholme, Jamie Fowler, Arran Cragg, Abi Ward, Oliver Fletcher, Jennifer Grassick, Vincent Porcher and Frankie Molloy.

“Several subjects including business studies, music, religious studies, biology, physics, chemistry and German achieved A*-C pass rates of 100 per cent.

“Once again the school pass rate was well above national averages. The students success also includes a number of Year 11s who have already achieved highly in AS Maths and 47 who have achieved their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.”

After the success of last week’s A-level results Settle College was delighted with another set of excellent GCSE results.

A number of students achieved the top grades of A* and A across all their subjects.

Maths, in the top seven per cent of schools nationally for value added in 2014, achieved the best results ever with 81 per cent of students achieving an A*-C grade, which is significantly above the national average.

Performance in English GCSE was also strong. Overall, 67 per cent of students achieved five GCSEs at grade A*-C, including English and maths.

Once again the progress that students have made between Years 7 and 11 should put Settle College easily in the top ranking schools nationally for the second year in a row, having been placed in the top eight per cent last year.

Boys did particularly well with the gaps between the performance of boys and girls reducing significantly, with 70 per cent of boys achieving grades A*-C in English GCSE, compared to 58 per cent nationally, and more than one in five boys achieving the top grades of A*/A in maths.

Well over half of students in Year 11 studied a language with the average grade in Spanish being an A, and the average grade in French being a B.

Principal Michele Costello said: “Once again we are so proud of the students who received their GCSE results today.

“These results reflect the high standards of learning and teaching at Settle College and the hard work and dedication of staff, students and their families.

“Many young people at Settle College are successful because they are not afraid to challenge themselves, showing resilience, determination and confidence.

“We are delighted that many of our students will continue their studies into the Sixth Form but we also wish those students going onto college courses and apprenticeships every success for a very exciting future.”

For full results, comments and photos, see next week’s Guardian and Visitor.