Students from Chorley schools produced some outstanding individual results in this year’s GCSEs.
And despite a national rethink on the grading of some subjects, all the schools were delighted with their overall performances.
St Michael’s Academy even managed to top last year’s figures with 86% of students gaining five or more A* to C grades, including maths and English - 3% up on 2012.
Headteacher Julie Heaton said: “Record pass rates in a set of rigorously assessed exams confirms St Michael’s strong academic record of attainment.
“I’m confident that, as this very special year group moves to college or into employment and training that their experience here at St Michael’s has provided the Christian bedrock for the successful future they all deserve.”
Overall, 95% of students gained at least five passes at A* to C.
Bishop Rawstorne CE Academy saw a slight dip in its headline rate, with 78% passing at least five subjects at A* to C, including maths and English - 3% down on last year.
Headteacher Paul Cowley said: “While these figures represent a slight dip on last year’s figures, they have been achieved in an examination climate where it has been significantly more challenging to achieve grades of A* to C generally and at A* specifically, particularly in the core subjects of English, maths and science.
“Set against national trends we can be pleased with these figures, but will of course be working tirelessly to enhance outcomes for 2014.
“There have been many outstanding performances and much to be pleased about with eight of our students achieving five A* grades or better, a truly exceptional achievement.”
Overall 82% of students achieved five or more A* to C grades with the school’s e-Bacc figures rising from 27% to 52%.
Parklands High School almost matched last year’s figure, with 69% of pupils gaining five or more A* to C grades with maths and English, just 1% down on 2012.
But 97% of students gained at least five passes at A* to C across all subjects.
Headteacher Claire Hollister said she was absolutely thrilled with the overall results which were record-breaking in the school’s history. She said: “This demonstrates the continued improvement in outcomes for our young people.
“The commitment and dedication of all staff has enable students to achieve their potential and employment or further education places, which they thoroughly deserve.”
Southlands High School saw a 10% drop in the number of students achieving five or more A* to C grades, including maths and English, down to 53% after last year’s record-breaking 63%.
Overall, however, 81% of students gained at least five A* to C grades.
Headteacher Mark Fowle said: “I’m really pleased with the results we’ve achieved in many subject areas.
“This was a very committed and very giving cohort of young people who worked very hard.
“Many attended revision sessions after school and extra classes during the school holidays.
“It’s good to know that their hard work has been rewarded despite the pressure nationally to raise the bar. I wish them every success with the future.”
Albany Academy broke another school record, improving its GCSE results for a third consecutive year.
The school was unable to confirm final figures but headteacher Jon Hayes said early indications showed that last year’s results of 89% A*-C had been beaten.
A star performer from the school was Danielle Oxborrow who achieved seven A* grades and 3 As.
She will now study English language, religious studies, maths and sociology. said: “I’m delighted with my results and I have done a lot better than I thought I would.
At Holy Cross Catholic High School 66% of students achieved at least five A* to C grades, including maths and English and 79% five or more in these grades across all subjects.
The school also had 38% EBacc results for pupils obtaining GCSEs in English, maths, science, humanities and a language.
Emily Campbell was one of the stand-out performers for the school, achieving five A* and five As.
She is now moving on to Winstanley College in Wigan to study physics, biology, chemistry, geography and maths.