Burnley school celebrates best ever results

Headteacher Elaine Dawson and Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle along with students at the Sir John Thursby Community College awards evening.'Photo Ben Parsons

Headteacher Elaine Dawson and Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle along with students at the Sir John Thursby Community College awards evening.'Photo Ben Parsons

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FORMER pupils of Sir John Thursby Community College achieved the best individual results in the school’s history, they were told at their annual celebration evening.

Last year’s GCSE candidates, the first year group to go through the new super school, returned for their prize-giving to hear headteacher Mrs Elaine Dawson heap praise on them.

Year 11 from 2011 returned to school to be presented with their GCSE certificates, attendance and special awards by Mr Steve Rumbelow, chief executive of Burnley Council, who is a member of Burnley Education Trust and is working closely with schools in Burnley, and Mr Gordon Birtwistle, Liberal Democrat MP for Burnley, who has a special interest in apprenticeships and training and industry.

Mrs Dawson said students had achieved the best individual results in the school’s history and had supported the school in getting an excellent reputation.

The audience of staff, governors, parents and dignitaries were told how the year group had also achieved the highest levels of attendance, including Ashley Shooter who has achieved 100% attendance in his five years at Sir John Thursby and Paul Race and Beth Roberts who only missed five days over five years. She added attendance at Sir John Thursby has always been good and was rated as outstanding by Ofsted, with their year group having a remarkable 96% attendance record.

She said: “I would like to start this evening by telling you how proud I am of all of you.

“Your hard work, resilience, determination, commitment has reaped the benefits you deserve, including the best individual exam results the school has ever had.

“I know there have been many challenges for you all over the past few years.

“As our first year through Sir John Thursby you have been through so many changes, not least moving into this wonderful new building. As a year group you went from strength to strength over the five years and it is your leadership most recently which has supported the younger students to settle into the school and supported the school in getting such an excellent reputation, and that all important ‘good with outstanding features’ from Ofsted.

“You have set high standards for the school to maintain in the future. It is these achievements we celebrate tonight. I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of all of you.”

Mrs Dawson is to retire at Christmas after more than 33 years in teaching.

There’s more on the awards evening, and results, in this week’s Express