School tables triumph for Blackpool

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EXCELLENT progress is being made in Blackpool as every school saw achievement rates soar.

The number of young people in the resort leaving school with five or more passes A* - C including maths and English has continued its encouraging upward trend much to the delight of education bosses.

This year the Government has raised the target meaning schools have to see 35 per cent of their pupils pass five exams with maths and English or risk being branded as failing.

But the higher target has caused few problems as seven out of the eight high schools still made the grade.

Montgomery school in Bispham still leads the field as 66 per cent of pupils passed at least five. A figure up an impressive 9 per cent from last year. Montgomery is the school with the most improving rate of attainment relating to passes with maths and English based on the last four years.

The percentage of pupils gaining the all important five has leapt from 48 per cent to 66 percent since 2007 – an 18 per cent improvement.

Their score for percentage of pupils getting five overall passes has also risen two percent meaning 89 per cent of pupils left with a good crop of qualifications.

Simon Brennand, headteacher spoke of his joy. He said: “This excellent increase represents strong individual student progress and provides a vital platform for future success.”

St Mary’s Catholic college are celebrating a bumper year of results which have smashed school records.

Their overall rate for pupils passing any five GCSE’s has rocketed to an impressive 98 percent - an huge 18 percent improvement on 2009.

Their maths and English scores also showed major progress as 54 per cent of pupils passed five exams – up 11 per cent. Stephen Tierney, headteacher paid tribute to the hard work of his pupils. He said: “This year’s results are utterly stunning and show the strength and high quality of the education we offer.

With a school record of 54, students can be rightly proud of their achievements and move on with the grades to be truly successful.”

Collegiate also had many reasons to celebrate with a GCSE performance showing excellent progress.

In 2009, the Blackpool Old Road school saw the level of pupils passing five exams including maths and English slip below the then 30 per cent target. But a new headteacher and some major changes has seen the school shine.

They recorded a huge 21 percent increase meaning 45 per cent of students passed five with English and maths. Their overall pass figure has also risen 13 per cent as 72 per cent of students left with five.

St George’s School is another story of GCSE success as they continued to improve on the impressive progress of 2009.

In 2010, 46 per cent of students gained five good grades with maths and English, a figure more than double from their 20 percent score in 2008. Elizabeth Warner, headteacher said: “We are utterly delighted but never complacent.

“Having reached the targets set matching the top 10 per cent of similar schools we will continue to work to ensure we maintain our commitment to being better than our previous best”.

Bispham High also enjoyed another successful year which has seen them ranked as the third most improved school on the Fylde coast based on the last four years.

The GCSE pass rates including maths and English has leapt from 33 per cent in 2007 to 42 per cent in 2010 – a rise of nine per cent.

Stunning progress has also been made in their overall pass rate which has shot up 12 points to a record breaking 85 per cent.

Palatine pupils celebrated exam triumph with a rise of 21 per cent in the amount of students passing five.

The class of 2010 saw 73 per cent of pupils leave with a good cluster of passes. A record breaking 40 per cent passed five exams including maths and English. Chris Powell, headteacher said: “Our students continue to improve and again helped us gain record results, and by a significant margin, this is a superb achievement.”

It has been a year with much to toast at Highfield Humanities College in South Shore as they eagerly await progress on their brand new school building.

Cash for the multi-million new build was awarded by the Government’s Building Schools For the Future programme. But the scheme isn’t the only thing the school has to celebrate. Passes including English and maths shot up seven points to record breaking 50 percent giving a pleasing year all round.

Last but not least, Year 11 pupils at Beacon Hill in North Shore also showed excellent progress as their overall pass rate rocketed 16 per cent meaning 59 percent of students left with five passes. Although their performance in passes including maths and English is still behind Government targets with 28 per cent, this was an encouraging improvement of two per cent on 2009.