Longridge’s St Cecilia’s High School leavers of 2015 knew their GCSE results were good, but now national data reveals the school is not only rated in the UK’s top 50% of schools for a range of measures, but is in the top 1% for results in four key subjects.
The year of 2015 achieved a 100% pass rate in GCSE English literature, physics, chemistry and biology with all pupils gaining grades A* to C - which catapaulted St Cecilia’s into the top 1% through data gathered by the Fischer Family Trust.
And the pupils who took history were in the top 5% for results, but in terms of pupil progress, were in the top 1%.
Headteacher Ivan Catlow, said: “I was pleased with our GCSE results but it is not until now that our school’s performance can really be judged as we receive reports that compare our performance to that of schools nationally.
“Given our performance and the national picture it was no surprise to find out that our whole school performance places us within the top 50% of schools across the country and continues a trend of improvement since 2013.
“There are many individual subjects worthy of mention but I was particularly pleased to learn that English literature, separate sciences and history are all ranked within the top 1% of schools for a range of measures.”
Assistant headteacher Gary Caulfield said the trust gathers all schools’ GCSE data and analyses it against a range of measures: straight forward A*-C rates, pupil value added as well as breaking down how various groups of pupils do.
He said: “Last year St Cecilia’s English literature and history value added scores were the best in Lancashire.
“This year we are really pleased to be performing amongst the best schools nationally for these subjects.
“This is testament to the hard work of the pupils and the dedication and outstanding teaching of the staff.
“English and history have always been strong and science has improved a great deal and is amongst the best in the UK. This is what we are really, really pleased about.
“Congratulations to all concerned.”