Outstanding results again

Cardinal Allen RC High students celebrate their GCSE results. From left: Grace Hampson, Amy Butler, Rose Marr, Ellie McNamee and Caitlin Hodgin

Cardinal Allen RC High students celebrate their GCSE results. From left: Grace Hampson, Amy Butler, Rose Marr, Ellie McNamee and Caitlin Hodgin

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Cardinal Allen Catholic High School in Fleetwood continued with the impressive GCSE results recorded last year.

Once again almost 100 per cent of students at the Melbourne Avenue school passed five GCSEs at grades A*-G.

This year the school results for maths were slightly better than even last year’s impressive haul, with 74 per cent of students gaining maths GCSEs at grades A*-C.

In English, 73 per cent of students gained passes at A*-C, seven per cent up from last year.

And the school hailed the overall score of 62 per cent for students gaining five or more A* to C grades, including English and maths.

There were many fine individual successes, including Ellie McNamee, who recorded a mighty seven A*s and four As, Caitlin Hodgin with five A*s, three As and three Bs and Danielle Huddlestan and Charlie Warburton who both gained five A*s, five As and one B.

In addition this, there were a number of students who exceeded the grades expected of them, thus scoring high on the Value Added system of attainment.

Thomas White achieved two more grades than he was expected to achieve with an impressive Value Added score of 11.3.

For many pupils, the results were just what they needed to pursue their ambitious dreams.

Callum Godfrey, of Fleetwood, wants to train as a doctor and his impressive tally of seven GCSE passes, mostly at B and C grades, means he can now take four science A levels at Blackpool Sixth Form College.

He said: “I’m really pleased with that, because I hope to go to medical school and become a doctor.

“I wanted to pass my science exam most of all and happily I did!”

His friend Demi Ramshaw, of Fleetwood, has ambitions to be a barrister and her haul of six GCSE passes means she will begin studying law at Blackpool Sixth Form College in September.

She said: “There isn’t a GCSE law at this school but I’m looking forward to study it at A level.”

Andrew Cafferkey is the school’s permanent deputy, overseeing the school while executive head Phil Mooney takes charge of a struggling St Mary’s RC School in Leyland, on a temporary basis.

Mr Cafferkey said: “All pupils regardless of ability have performed well.

“Not all children are able to achieve A* grades but there have been some outstanding individual performances with children more than surpassing target grades. Among the most able pupils, there have been some excellent individual achievements.

“I congratulate all our students and our staff on their achievements. There is huge pressure on teachers and pupils to perform well and it feels as if the Department of Education and Ofqual are constantly moving the goalposts in terms of attainment.

“We are told that year on year comparisons are no longer meaningful but we are clear about the value to our students. These fantastic results make 2015 a year to remember coming on the back of an excellent Ofsted Report in the Summer Term.”