For hundreds of Burnley and Padiham teenagers the anxious wait for their much-anticipated GCSE results came to an end this morning.
Groups of 16-year-olds flocked to the town’s five secondary schools to collect their exam marks, the culmination of two years’ work.
Pupils from Blessed Trinity RC College, Hameldon Community College, Sir John Thursby Community College, Shuttleworth College and Unity College were celebrating good grades.
Blessed Trinity Headteacher Mr Richard Varey said: “We are absolutely thrilled, they are best ever results. We have 56% of students with five A*-C, including English and maths, which is a tremendous achievement. This represents an important step in our school becoming an ‘outstanding’ school.”
Headteacher of Unity College Mrs Sally Cryer said she was “delighted” with her school’s results.
Earlier this year it was recognised for being in the top 3% of schools nationally for making outstanding continuous improvement in the percentage of students achieving five A*- C grades, including English and maths.
This year 50% of pupils gained five A*- C grades, including English and maths, and 73% achieved five A*-C grades.
Mrs Cryer said: “This is a fantastic day for everyone at Unity College we have come such a long way over the last five years and today is a day for huge celebration.”
At Hameldon Community College headteacher Gill Broom paid tribute to pupils, staff and governors. She said “Having been recognised by the Department for Education in January as one of the most improving schools in England, we are continually striving to build on our past achievements.”
Pupils and staff at Sir John Thursby Community College in Burnley celebrated a 10% improvement in the school’s GCSE results.
Headteacher Mr David Burton said the results were the best the school has had with the number of young people gaining five A*-C grades, including English and maths, rising to 48%.
Mr Burton said: “Our students’ success is the result of all the hard work of students, staff and parents.”
He went on: “We will continue to ensure 100% of our students are in work, training or have the right college place when they leave Sir John Thursby because they have an outstanding attendance record as well as excellent qualifications.”