Students’ joy at top results

GCSE successes at Collegiate High School. From left, Jade Marshall, Jack Franks, Isobel Darlington, Sophie Clarke, Cherry Ridgway (head teacher), Reece Creighton, Apryl Jesson and Tom Pridding.
GCSE successes at Collegiate High School. From left, Jade Marshall, Jack Franks, Isobel Darlington, Sophie Clarke, Cherry Ridgway (head teacher), Reece Creighton, Apryl Jesson and Tom Pridding.
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THOUSANDS of teenagers were celebrating a rise in the number of exam passes today as their long-awaited GCSE results were finally revealed.

Blackpool saw an increase in the number of pupils scooping at least five passes at A* to C from 46 per cent in 2011 to 48 per cent this year,

Beaming teenagers from Collegiate High School were jumping for joy after opening their envelopes.

Jade Marshall, 16, from Grange Park, got one A, five B’s and six C’s.

She said: “It’s something I thought I would never achieve and it’s fantastic to see my results.

“There were a lot of butterflies when I was opening them but it’s exciting to get them.”

Jack Franks, 16, from Layton, received one A*, four A’s, three B’s and four C’s. He said: “It has been a very stressful year but all the hard work has paid off. I’m really proud of myself because some of these results I never thought I would get.”

Collegiate joined St George’s in Marton, Unity College in North Shore and St Mary’s Catholic College in Blackpool reporting highest ever scores for five passes A* to C,

At St Bede’s High School in Lytham, 78 per cent of pupils achieved at least five passes at A* to C while an impressive 62 per cent of pupils also left with maths and English.

Bispham High School saw grade improvements in the mathematics and science departments.

Margaret Singleton, headteacher at the Bispham Road school, said: “We are delighted by the improvements in the mathematics results and by the continuing success of our science faculty.”

At Montgomery High in Bispham, 93% of pupils got A* - C grades.

Headteacher Simon Brennand said: “There were many superb results across the whole range from students who had worked very hard to secure their individual success.”

Fleetwood independent school, Rossall is celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate in this year’s GCSE examinations for A* to G grades, but has noticed a marginal drop in the number of students achieving five passes with A* to C grades including maths and English.

The school’s 86.3 per cent for five passes A* to C, including maths and English, is only 1.8 per cent down on 2011.

Rossall School’s deputy headmaster, Anton Maree said: “With a 100 per cent performance across the 11 subjects available here, I’d have to say that I’m pleased with our students’ efforts this year.

“It’s been quite remarkable, especially as we believe exams board have been a little less generous this year in the marking process.”