Young people who have just left both Longridge high schools have this week been celebrating after receiving their GCSE results.
Gary Caulfield, assistant headteacher at St Cecilia’s RC High School, said the school had bucked the national trend and improved its results from last year.
He said: “In the face of a national and local picture of headline results going down we have managed to drive up our results.
“We are particularly pleased with our English results of 80 per cent and maths of 71 per cent. A lot of hard work and preparation has gone in to getting where we are today. Well done to all our hard working pupils and staff.”
St Cecilia’s chair of governors Mick Flynn said: “The governors were pleased and greatly encouraged by this set of results.
“At a time when the national results are expected to have taken a drop, our number of pupils gaining five or more passes at A*-C, including maths and English, has risen.
“This has been a great achievement for our hard working and committed staff and pupils. Well done to all concerned.”
There were also some very impressive individual results.
Paul Bailey gained one A*, a distinction* and nine A grades; Joseph Cooper had two passes at A*, one distinction* and eight A grades; Rhian Cooper had three A* successes and four A grades; Sally Seed achieved four A*, three A and four B passes; Thea Mallet gained seven A* and four A grades; and Callum Wright achieved four A*, three A and four B passes.
At Longridge High School headteacher Jane Green said: “The class of 2014 has achieved very pleasing results, with many students achieving outstanding grades. There were also outstanding individual successes for many students, with several achieving 10 or more passes at A* and A.
“We are extremely proud of all our students. In a year where the Government changed the goalposts half way through Year 11 in terms of the way GCSE is assessed, the year group achieved an overall percentage of five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths in the 60s.
“Indeed, a fantastic three out of every ten students gained at least three or more A*/A grades.
“We are a school which is always ambitious for all our young people in every area of school life. These results reflect the dedication and determination of all staff at the school and the conscientious approach our students have towards their studies, underpinned by excellent support from their families who always work closely with the school to ensure the best possible outcomes for all our young people.
“On behalf of the school I would like to wish the class of 2014 all the very best for the future, and remind them that their presentation evening is on Thursday, November 20 at 7pm.”
l Again this year neither of the Longridge high schools would supply us with results for individual pupils.