Five years of hard work was finally realised for scores of Burnley students who collected their GCSE results today.
Laughter was shared and tears were shed as the wait was finally over for the young people who can now plan ahead for their future.
Blessed Trinity RC College celebrated its best ever GCSE results.
The Ormerod Road school achieved a 63% pass rate in students gaining grades A*-C including English and maths – up from 56% last year.
It means Blessed Trinity, which has had a swift rise out of special measures and being under-subscribed in 2012 into a good Ofsted and a waiting list two years later.
Headteacher Richard Varey said: “We have got a more than 75% pass rate in maths in grades A*-C which is superb, and a more than 70% pass rate in English in grades A*-C.
The future looks bright for our students who have achieved the highest number of A and A* grades at GCSE in the history of the schoolHameldon headteacher Gill Broom
“We are improving every year. We have a superb relationship between the staff and the pupils. They are prepared to work hard for each other, put in the time and commitment and it’s been rewarded.
“I am extremely proud of the students who came in on Sundays and after school for revision and for the inspirational staff. There were high standards set last year and we have surpassed those.”
Top students included Isabelle Garrett who received eight A*s and three As.
Shuttleworth College in Padiham boasted impressive results, notably in science where biology, chemistry and physics had risen from a 58, 48 and 46% pass rate respectively last year to 90, 93 and 97% this year.
Sir John Thursby Community College also recorded excellent results. In maths 62% of students achieved A*-C and 56% did the same in English.
Headteacher David Burton said: “Our results are due to the hard work of students and staff with the support of parents and families.
“Our academic achievement together with our care, guidance and support, sporting success and Gold Artsmark status means that we are oversubscribed again this year.”
Hameldon Community College headteacher Miss Gill Broom was full of praise for the pupils and staff.
She said: “The future looks bright for our students who have achieved the highest number of A and A* grades at GCSE in the history of the school.
“There are some extremely pleasing individual results which are the culmination of a true partnership between students, staff and families.
“Our young people will be progressing into their chosen futures as a result of their efforts and results. We congratulate them and wish them well.”
Unity College headtecher Sally Cryer said: “Many students are celebrating as they have achieved excellent results and this is down to the hard work and effort from the students, staff and parents.
“Special recognition goes to Alex Lord, Lauren Smithstone, Abigail Brierley, Imogen Porter, James Grimshaw, Joseph Spencer, Paige Kenyon and Amritvir Chahal who achieved outstanding results.”