PHOTOS: Pendle students receive GCSE results

Headteachers across Pendle have congratulated their pupils after their success in the GCSE results announced today.

At Marsden Heights Community College, head Mr Mike Tull said: “We are all delighted and proud of the achievements of our class of 2013. 78% of our students achieved 5 A* to C grades with 19% achieving those qualifications leading to the English Baccalaureate.

GCSE high achievers, Hashaan Khan, Jamie Birtwistle, Ashir Sajid and Ifzal Qamar at Pendlevale College in Nelson.

GCSE high achievers, Hashaan Khan, Jamie Birtwistle, Ashir Sajid and Ifzal Qamar at Pendlevale College in Nelson.

“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.”

44% Year 11 students achieved 5 A* to C including English and maths and he said: “Well done to all of our students who I am sure will continue to make us all proud in the years to come.”

Pendle Vale College head Mr Steve Wilson said: “We pass on sincere congratulations to all of the Year 11 students on their achievements with this year’s exam results. Within these results there were some absolutely outstanding individual performances. 44% of students achieved 5 or more A* to C grades, including English and maths, and 68% of all students achieved 5 or more A* to C passes overall.”

Colne Primet High School was celebrating an increase in GCSE performance this year, with some outstanding results for several of its students. Principal Janet Walsh said she was delighted with the results. “Against a backdrop of many schools nationally and locally seeing results fall, we are very pleased with our increase.

“The academy’s main headline figure is set to increase by at least 1% (to 41%) and the e-bacc measure has increased by over 10% this year to 15%. The percentage of students gaining at least 1A or A* has risen and the overall percentage of 5A-C passes has increased by 15% over the last two years to 75%. This is particularly pleasing given that our students follow a largely traditional GCSE-based curriculum which prepares them well for future college and university study. Now a lot of the more vocational/lifeskill courses favoured by many schools are being excluded from the performance tables, Primet’s results are becoming more in line with national figures.”

At Fisher More Catholic Humanities College headteacher Chris Bohills said: “Results are very pleasing, with 63% gaining 5 or more A* to C grades including English and maths. 94 % gained 5 or more A* to 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% of the Year 11 cohort) gained the EBacc qualification – an increase of 18% from the previous year.

“Other results were also very good with nine subjects achieving 100% pass rate at Grade C or above, maintaining our high standards.”

Park High School is again celebrating “exceptional results”. Over 94% of students gained 5 or more GCSE grades at A* to C standard, and over 60% included English and maths. There were some truly remarkable performances at all levels of ability.

Headteacher Dr Paul Parkin said: “I am thrilled with all of the achievements of our students. Our GCSE results continue year on year to show consistently high standards and this reflects the dedication and hard work shown by our students, the commitment of the staff, and the continuing support from our parents.

“Despite the current educational changes I am proud to see our excellent record of exam results have been maintained. All our students deserve congratulating and I wish them every success for their next steps. They leave a huge legacy in school and have been excellent role models for our younger students.”

And he added: “There are many outstanding individual results. Deserving a special mention are the achievements of Lauren Gardner attaining 9A* and 2A grades and Matthew Langstroth with 8A* and 3A grades. Our highest achieving students studying vocational courses were Abigail Awty and Natalie Littler each gaining truly amazing 8 A* equivalent grades.”

West Craven’s head Mr Arnold Kuchartschuk said: “Last year’s results were fantastic and this year’ group – Year 11 2013 – has surpassed them.

“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. A special mention to Nikki Harper who achieved 10 A* GCSEs.

Well done to a superb year group.”

Their results: were 57% 5 A* to C including English and maths and 78% 5 A* to C overall.

See this week’s Leader-Times newspapers for results.