HUNDREDS of Pendle teenagers have today opened the ominous brown envelope to find out their GCSE results after a nervous two-month wait.
And it has proved to be another record year, with figures showing the pass rate nationally has risen for the 24th consecutive year since the exams were first taken in 1988.
Headteachers at all six Pendle school have praised students and staff for their hard work in helping to achieve some of the best results ever.
Park High School was celebrating on finding out 91% of its students achieved five or more equivalent passes at A*-C grades - the first time in the school’s history.
Dr Paul Parkin said: “We are very pleased with our results which reflect the hard work of students, dedication of staff and great support from parents. Over the past two years the percentage of students achieving five or more A*-A grades has doubled to 20%. We have had many truly outstanding successes at all levels of ability including Withma Muthukumara who achieved nine A* and five A grades and Jennifer Cannon who achieved eight A* and six A grades.”
And students at Fisher More Catholic Humanities College also did exceptionally well. The school celebrated their best ever results with 86% students gaining five or more A*-C grades, showing a rise of 10% from last year. Twelve of their students gained A* or A in 8 or more subjects, five gained A* or A in all 10 subjects and a significant number achieved A* or A in most subjects.
Headteacher Mr Chris Bohills said: “Congratulations to all our GCSE students and their teachers on achieving excellent results. These results are the product of a great deal of hard work by staff and students.
“We are very proud of all our students and wish them the very best in their future careers. We are confident all 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.”
Around the corner at Pendle Vale College, three-quarters of students attained five A*-C grades, securing the school’s third successive year of record results. Students performed well across the subject areas, with traditional subjects such as history and the sciences performing well.
Mr Steve Wilson, headteacher, said: “This shows what a truly comprehensive education we offer at Pendle Vale. We are providing opportunities for those who wish to pursue an academic route, as well as those who wish to gain useful workplace qualifications.”
A particular strength of the results was the number of top A* and A grades, particularly in English, maths and science.
Mr Wilson added: “I heartily congratulate all the students on some outstanding individual performances. I would also like to thank my dedicated and committed staff, who have all supported the students towards these record results. ”
Colne Primet High School is delighted with its results this year after a significant increase in performance across all areas. Head Mrs Janet Walsh said: “The percentage of pupils gaining five or more “good” GCSEs including English and maths has risen by nearly 10% to 42.4% and progress in English and maths has also shown a dramatic rise.”
Mrs Walsh congratulated pupils and staff for their hard work over the year, in particular to Rachel Learoyd, Jak Manser, Dale Ferrier and Jordan Green who between them gained 28 A and A* grades.
West Craven High Technology College are another to have achieved beyond expectations with 74% of students achieving five A* - C grades. Headteacher Mr Arnold Kuchartschuk said: “We are thrilled with our results. The year group have gone on to beat last year’s record which had been the best in the school’s history. It’s always a privilege to be in their presence and share their excitement.
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank our parents for their support for the school and for their hard work in supporting their daughter or son through the challenge of preparing for examinations.”
79% of students at Marsden Heights Community College achieved five or more A*-C with a significant number of students achieving a large number of the highest grades.
Mr Mike Tull the school’s head said: “Again, we are all extremely proud of the fantastic achievements of our students at Marsden Heights Community College. Yet again, we have exceeded all targets this is a credit to the hard work, dedication and commitment of our staff, students and parents whose strong partnership have resulted in the success achieved by our students. 79% of our students achieved improvement of three or more National Curriculum levels from their performance in their Key Stage Two SATs in Mathematics and 72% achieved this in English.”