NERVES made way for smiles today as hundreds of Burnley and Padiham teenagers celebrate a GCSE results day to remember.
For pupils from Blessed Trinity, Unity, Shuttleworth, Sir John Thursby and Hameldon the long wait for results is over.
At Blessed Trinity, headteacher Miss Bernadette Bleasdale said she was “proud” of her school’s results as 73% of pupils gained five A*-C grades – 3% up on last year – with 46% achieving five A*-C grades, including English and maths.
Some 22 pupils also recorded at least seven A* or A grades with at least eight of them adding an AS-level in government and politics – a record high for the school.
At Sir John Thursby, 66% pupils achieved grades A*-C with 38% managing it with English and maths included.
Headteacher Miss Elaine Dawson said the results were in-line with expectations. “We are very proud with all the students’ achievements, many of whom exceeded their targets. It is a tribute to the hard of work of all our staff and students.”
Outstanding individual achievements included Ammarah Tahir who picked up 12 GCSEs including 10A*s, Zain Hashemi 11 with 8A*s, Madiha Jamil 12 with 8A*s, Amara Mussawer 11 with 8A*s and Sophie Wallace 13 with 7A*s.
Meanwhile it was a record-breaking day at Unity where 79% of pupils achieved five or more top marks, an 11% rise on last year’s results.
A total of 39% achieved five or more including English and maths and Miss Sally Cryer, headteacher, said: “Our record breaking results are a reflection of the hard work and commitment from staff, governors and students and we wish all our leavers every success for the future.
“So many students today will be delighted with their results, however a special recognition to the following students for their outstanding achievements in their GCSE results; Joseph Rainbird, Emma Reid, Danielle Sagar, Jacob Whittaker-Hoban, Kirsty Dawson, Jennifer Higson, Alicia Hogan, Shabaz Khan, Joshua Marshal and Lucy Perry.”
There was similar good news at Hameldon who were celebrating their best results ever. The school saw 82% of pupils gain five C grades or above, up an impressive 32% on 2010, while 42% achieved five A* - C including English and maths, a rise of 6%.
Headteacher Gill Broom said: “These results are extremely encouraging and show the commitment students, staff and parents have given to their studies. As Ofsted recognised, we are a smaller, family-based school with a clear focus on improving learning and teaching and as such we are able to provide individual and personalised learning for all our students. We are proud of all their achievements.”
Stand-out achievers included Rosie Durkin with 3A*s and 3As, Evan Williams with 7As, Jordan Donohue with 3A*s and 4As and Catherine Porter with 2A*s and 4As.
Shuttleworth also celebrated a significant improvement in results with 38% of pupils achieving five higher GCSE grades, including English and maths, a rise of 15% from 2010.
Headteacher Mr Bob Wakefield said: “The school has performed above the Government’s floor targets for the first time; this represents a real turning point for Shuttleworth and is further evidence that, after a difficult start, the school has a really bright future.
“Many students achieved really pleasing results and a number of them have performed exceptionally well; Josh Dawes achieved 12 higher grades including 4A*s and 4As, Chris Gibson achieved nine including 2A*s and 5As, Isma Raja achieved 10 including 3A*s and 2As and Laura Barson achieved nine including 2A*s and 3As.
“I would like to thank staff and students for all their hard work.”
Pupils at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School could also be proud of their efforts with one in eight achieving grade A* or A in all the subjects they sat.
See tomorrow’s Express for the full results!