Chorley students are record breakers

Group Photograph - Highest performing students, between them all they achieved 121 A* to A grades - Southlands
Group Photograph - Highest performing students, between them all they achieved 121 A* to A grades - Southlands

Students at high schools across Chorley are celebrating achieving some of their best ever GCSE results.

A massive 83 %of pupils at St Michael’s Academy gained five A* to C grades, including English and maths.

And around 97% of pupils gained at least five A* to C grades overall.

Headteacher Julie Heaton praised the enthusiasm and dedication of both pupils and staff in achieving the results.

She said: “I am confident that, as this very special year group move to college or into employment and training, that their experience here at St Michael’s has provided the bedrock for the successful futures they all deserve.”

Parklands High School also boasted figures of 70% of pupils achieving five A* to C grades, including English and maths – 95% of their pupils got at least five A* to C grades overall.

Headteacher Claire Hollister said: “We are really thrilled by our improvements, which carry on year by year.

“It gives the students a good chance with their lives given the current economic climate and competition for places at further education colleges.

“Many of the individuals were above the national averages in terms of their grades.

“We feel this is just testament to the parents, children and teachers and all the hard work that was put in.”

65 per cent of year 11 pupils at Albany Academy, formerly Albany Science College, achieved five A* to C grades, including English and Maths. 89 per cent received five A* to C grades overall.

Headteacher Jon Hayes said: “We are really pleased.

“This is the result of five years of hard work from the pupils and the staff and it’s a testament to the effort and dedication they put in.

“We bought a banner last year that said we had achieved the best ever results. We used it last year, we used it this year, and we’ll use it again next year.”

The school will start its new year in September as Albany Academy, after changing its status on August 1.

Mr Hayes said: “These results give us a great start to the year as we start as an academy.

“We will now be able to take advantage of the greater freedoms academy status brings, in order to provide an even higher standard of education.”

Holy Cross Catholic High School was also celebrating a record high of 64% of pupils gaining five A* to C grades, including English and Maths. 83%of pupils gained five A* to C grades overall.

Headteacher Mrs White, who is now leaving to take on the headteacher role at Saint Peter and Paul Catholic College in Widnes, said: “These results are a justification for the hard work of pupils and staff. I have always been so proud of the school both in its academic prowess and wonderful ethos and spirit.

“A very well deserved ‘well done’ to everyone.”

She will be replaced by Linda Foley, who is currently deputy head at a school in Bury.

Southlands High School also saw a record-breaking year, with 63% of students achieving five A* to C grades including English and Maths, and 85% achieving at least five A* to C grades overall.

The average points scored per student was also the highest in the history of the school.

Headteacher Mark Fowle said: “I am delighted that we have achieved our best ever set of results, which reflects the hard work and commitment of the students and staff at Southlands and the positive support of parents.

“We have been determined to improve our results, and it is very pleasing that we have been able to achieve this.”