League Tables: Fylde schools enjoy grade increase

St Mary's Catholic College (Blackpool). Francesca Todd and Anthony Platt.
St Mary's Catholic College (Blackpool). Francesca Todd and Anthony Platt.
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BLACKPOOL’S teachers can count on their schoolchildren to do them proud.

Not least in Mathematics where schools across the resort have seen some of their best ever grades.

But it’s not just Maths where the number crunching looks good, overall schools have seen

Some of them “meteoric” headteachers have said.

Dan Berry, headteacher at St George’s High, on Cherry Tree Road, Marton, said: “We’ve had a meteoric rise from 20 per cent A*-C in 2008 to 52 per cent this year.

“It was a golden set of results but we want to get higher obviously.”

Aiming high is on the cards for all schools, but not before celebrating some of the remarkable achievements of former and current pupils.

Blackpool’s children shouldn’t be discredited, says Coun Sarah Riding, cabinet member for education.

She said: “Stephen Tierney, headteacher at St Mary’s Catholic College, said he was impressed with students maintaining high standards despite some disruption as work continues on the school on St Walburga’s Road, Blackpool.

He said: “The results students have achieved is despite the building work. Students have been great and teachers have put in a massive amount of work.”

There’s always room for improvement though, as all schools know.

Mr Topping, from Bispham High School, said: “We’re very pleased where we’ve been successful but we want to address issues where we’ve not done as well.

At Bispham High School a new look maths department and extra support for students has seen a steady rise in pupil’s achievements.

John Topping, deputy headteacher at Bispham High School, said: “Maths is especially good at our school, we’re delighted with improvements we’ve made.

“We’ve a new head of faculty and new team, they’re a dynamic and enthusiastic team and we’re going to go from strength to strength.”

Pupils at Montgomery High School secured the school’s best ever GCSE Maths results in 2012, with 73 per cent of pupils achieving A*-C grades.

Simon Brennand, headteacher at Montgomery High School, on All Hallows Road, Bispham, said: “We are delighted and very proud that 93 per cent of students achieved at least 5 GCSE grades at A*-C in 2012.

“A best ever 73 per cent of students achieved GCSE grade A*-C in Mathematics and 68% did so in English. Five or more GCSEs at A*-C including English and Mathematics were secured by 59 per cent of the cohort.

“44 students achieved a stunning eight A* or A grades, 76 per cent of the year group achieved eight, or more, grades A*-C and 55 per cent at least three A*/A grades.

“These superb achievements are richly deserved and result from students’ great efforts and the outstanding support of teachers, parents and the whole school community.

“We are very proud to have once again built upon Montgomery’s history of high standards at GCSE, which provide students with an excellent platform on which to build success in Further and Higher Education.”

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