BLACKPOOL schools have been recognised as some of the most improved in the country as GCSE pass rates soar.
Palatine, Collegiate and St Mary’s Catholic College were all commended at a glittering awards ceremony held by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.
Collegiate sports college were named as the third most improved school in the country in the last year.
The Blackpool Old Road school saw the number of students leaving with five or more passes at C and above go from 59 per cent to 79 per cent.
They also saw the percentage of students leaving with five including maths and English go from 24 to 40 per cent.
Headteacher Cherry Ridgway said: “This is a brilliant boost for the school and proof we’re not only moving in the right direction but moving there quickly.
“Not only were these our best results, we also had a really encouraging report from Ofsted so things are certainly looking up for us.
“We’re delighted the hard work of our school community has been recognised, the future is exciting for Collegiate.”
Palatine were also celebrating. The St Annes Road school has seen their pass rate for the number of students passing five or more GCSE’s above C shoot up.
It has gone from 38 per cent in 2008 to 73 per cent in 2010.
Their figure including maths and English has also risen significantly from 24 per cent in 2007 to 40 per cent.
Headteacher Chris Powell (above) said: “We’re thrilled with the nomination and are hoping to improve our performance this year.
“Palatine has had a real focus on raising aspirations and expectations as well as looking at our standards of teaching and learning.
“We’ve put a large number of strategies in place and it’s great to see these working.
“The staff at the school have worked incredibly hard, as of course did the pupils, it is really encouraging to have our work recognised.
St Mary’s Catholic college was also celebrating being invited to the ceremony
Pupils at the St Walburga’s school achieved their best ever year in 2010 as their overall pass rate for five GCSE’s shot up to 99 per cent.
Their pass rate for five passes including maths and English also rose to 53 per cent in 2010.