Scores of students across Burnley and Padiham can now look ahead to a bright future after picking up excellent GCSE results.
At Shuttleworth College, Head girl Enola Huyton was definitely top of the class after celebrating six A*s and four As in her GCSEs.
Headteacher Ruth England, who took over in September last year, said: “I am proud of Enola and all the hard work and commitment a lot of our students have put in over the last year.
“The 10 months I have been here have been particularly challenging for Year 11 students, with many students having to do extra classes and additional work in a short period of time. I am really proud of the effort made by so many of our young people and they should be really proud of their achievements.
“The results in triple science are fantastic. We have made a huge jump from a 7% pass rate in additional science to 55% and 46% to 71% in core science, well above the national average.”
Enola (16) was one of the science stars but she is concentrating on the humanities subjects as she aims to go to Nelson and Colne College where she will study English Literature, history, sociology and French A-Level.
I am really proud of the effort made by so many of our young people and they should be really proud of their achievementsShuttleworth headteacher Ruth England
“I love English and history but I have taken French as I would like to work abroad and experience life in another country,” said Enola, who works as a waitress at the Cellar Restaurant in Padiham part-time.
Megan Chapman likes to go back in time and will get the chance as she got top marks in her GCSEs to secure a place at Burnley College.
Megan achieved four As, four Bs and a C and she will study English Literature, creative writing, classical civilisation and either biology or psychology at A-Level.
She said: “I love looking at classical civilisations and I also like writing so I would like to be a travel journalist.”
Kieran McEwan (16) has his sight set on becoming a pharmacist.
Kieran’s parents have recently moved to Skipton so he will go on to study at Craven Cottage after getting an A, eight Bs and a C in his GCSEs.
Phoebe Ratcliffe watches documentaries on ancient Italy and so her ambition is to do something connected with Rome in the future.
She will study history, biology, chemistry and psychology at Burnley College after getting two A*s, four As and four Bs.
She said: “I just love ancient history and I watched documentaries on Rome all the time. I find it fascinating.”
Dillon Hanns believes playing games on his XBox and PC hasn’t been a waste of time for him - as he wants to go into games programming.
Dillon chalked up an A*, four As and a B in his GCSEs will study a BTEC in Games Development at Burnley College.
National Young Volunteer of the Year Megan Riley celebrated an A*, four As, three Bs and two Cs while head boy Devon Preston got an A, eight Bs and a C.
At Blessed Trinity College Niko Bergundo collected four A*s and seven As.
Niko will go to Nelson and Colne College to study A-Levels in fine art, graphics, maths and physics and wants to be an architect.
Oliver Boult celebrated 5 A*s, three As and 3 Bs while Tiarnan Crorken gained two As, 7Bs and 2 Cs. Other stand out students included Emma Cole who amassed six A*s and five As, Caitlan Stracey achieved six A*s and five As, and Reece Bracewell who achieved five A*s and seven As.
Burnley students at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School also picked up outstanding results.
Pupils Namratha Kaur (10 A* grades), Rohan Shankarghatta (9 A* grades), Ryan Simonds (8 A* grades), Kate Brown (9 A* grades), Angelica Fitzpatrick (7 A* grades) and Isabel Cormack (7 A* grades) excelled at the Rossendale-based school.