Weeks of angst and anticipation ended yesterday as thousands of Pendle pupils received their GCSE results.
Nationally GCSE grades of A* to C rose in 2015, but top A* and A grades decreased, both by the slightest of margins.
That meant results remained almost level, with the proportion of A* to C grades rising to 69%, up from 68.8% in 2014, however the number of A* grades fell by 0.1%.
At Fishermore RC High School, staff were overwhelmed to announce another set of outstanding GCSE results.
Sixty-three per cent of all pupils achieved A* - C grades in five subjects or more including English and Maths while more than half of all pupils entered achieved A* - B grades in five subjects or more including English and Maths.
Continuing the school’s record of academic excellence, 22 pupils scored five or more A* or A grades in five or more subjects.
Notable success came from Carly Nuttall, who achieved ten A* or A grades, and Lewis Bracewell, Millie Clarke, Zane Khan and Charlotte Smith, who each attained nine of the highest grades.
Remarkably, 76 pupils in total achieved at least one A* or A grade and success was enjoyed in all areas of the academic curriculum.
Headteacher Clare Hayes said: “The school is delighted by these wonderful results: they are a just reflection of the emphasis the school places on strong teaching and effective learning in an environment that supports all pupils to be the best that they can be.
“They are a fitting reward for the determination and industry of pupils, staff, governors and parents alike; and reaffirm our status as one of Pendle’s best schools.”
Staying in Colne, Park High School staff and pupils were thrilled with outstanding results across all abilities with some truly exceptional individual performances.
Deserving a special mention are the achievements of James Odor who attained 11 A* grades and one A grade and Anna Heyworth who achieved 12 A* or A grades.
In addition, Daniella Walker, Courtney Flanagan and Joshua Foulds all achieved 11 or more A* and A grades with the quintet just a handful of many scoring top grades.
Overall 57% of Park High students achieved 5 or more A* - C grades including Maths and English.
Headteacher Dr Paul Parkin said: “We are delighted with these results. They reflect the shear hard work and determination of all the students and staff.
“These results reinforce the ethos here at Park High School that ‘nobody gets left behind’ with students of all abilities improving their performance this year.
“All of our students deserve huge congratulations and we would like to wish them every success with their next steps.”
Completing the Colne secondary schools, five years of hard work and commitment culminated in a staff and student celebration at Colne Primet Academy with many sharing their excitement and future aspirations.
These included everything from going to Russell Group Universities or becoming doctors, solicitors, psychologists and more.
High fliers included Samiha Hussain, Josh Connor, Adam Karim, Millie Martin and Joel Jenkins - who all picked up A* to C grades – while subjects including Maths, Psychology, Applied Business and BTEC Sport had a particularly successful year.
Headteacher Lynne Blomley said: “We are very proud of the way our students have worked and of their achievements this GCSE Results Day, and we wish them the best of luck in the future.
“We are pleased to have made significant improvements with our Maths grades.
“We are dedicated to the future needs of young people in Pendle, and cannot wait to hear how our students progress.
“In addition to their studies these students have been encouraged to embrace enrichment opportunities, and develop their personal skills to give them a head start when they move on to College or into employment.”
At Pendle Vale College in Nelson, there was equal joy on results day.
Headteacher Steve Wilson said: “The students and staff worked incredibly hard throughout the five years and many students have achieved outstanding individual results and most made significant progress from where they started back in September 2010.
“We hope they enjoy celebrating their success and wish them all the very best for happy, healthy and successful futures.”
In Barnoldswick, it was another good year at West Craven High School too.
Headteacher Craig Baker said: “We are pleased with another rise in results at West Craven, with some strong performances from some individual subjects and students.
“Congratulations to all our staff, students and I would like to thank all parents for their ongoing support.”