St Cecilia’s High School in Longridge has much to celebrate this week.
Pupils and governors are not only delighted with the news last summer’s year 11 leavers were the county’s best performing year group for English language.
But the Chapel Hill school was also juged to be number six for English language and literature combined and the history department was rated number five.
Assistant headteacher and teacher of English, Gary Caulfield, said: “These results are a testament to the hard work of staff and pupils who, working as a team, exceeded the potential of our GCSE English pupils.”
Further good news for St Cecilia’s is that a new headteacher has been appointed.
Everyone at St Cecilia’s High School is said to be “very excited” about welcoming new headteacher Ivan Catlow from Mount Carmel RC High School, Accrington to head the Roman Catholic high school in May, said assistant headteacher and teacher of English, Gary Caulfield.
St Cecilia’s has also been judged to be Lancashire’s top performing school in English language through the “Lancashire Value Added Project” which, said Mr Caulfield, measures all 70 of the county’s high schools’ GCSE results.
The “Value Added Project” measures the value a high school adds to a pupil’s performance between the end of year six, when they leave primary school, and the end of year 11, when they leave high school.
Mr Caulfield explained that on leaving primary school each pupil is given an estimated GCSE target grades based on their SATS results and if the school and pupil exceed that target grade the school is said to have “added value to the pupil.”
On this basis of “value added” the Chapel Hill school came out number one for GCSE English Language and number six for English language and literature combined and number five for history.
Mr Caulfied continued: “We are delighted as a school about these English results and delighted also for our history department and the outstanding results they too have gained.
“We are a small school who continue to punch above our weight.
“Our current Year 11 pupils have had the bar raised for them but we are confident of success next year too.
“Thanks to all the staff and pupils involved. They are a credit to St Cecilia’s and the local community.”
The news also follows that of St Cecilia’s GCSE results having gone up overall, where nationally most schools’ scores had gone down, said Mr Caulfield.