GCSE joy as best results celebrated

St George's CE High School pupil Sophie Burnsoll
St George's CE High School pupil Sophie Burnsoll
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THOUSANDS of teenagers were celebrating record breaking exam passes today as the Fylde coast enjoyed a bumper year of GCSE results.

Glowing reports of academic success have poured from all over with many schools reporting their best ever pass rates.

Teenagers from St George’s were literally jumping for joy after opening their envelopes.

Stephanie Cartmell, 16 picked up a set of glittering grades including 6A*s, three As and two distinctions. She said: “I feel so happy this morning to finally have my grades. I’m going to sixth form and hope eventually to become a vet.

“Studying for the exams was tough but it was worth it now.”

Joshua Hagan, 16, picked up five As, five Bs and three distinction grades. He said: “I’m relived to have got what I needed for sixth form. I’m looking forward to college.”

John Townsend, the new headteacher at St George’s said: “We are very pleased with this year’s results.”

Cardinal Allen Catholic High’s bumper crop of results helped place them in the top 25 per cent of schools nationally.

Eighty four per cent of pupils at the Fleetwood school scored five or more A* to C grades, while 62 per cent achieved five A* to C grades including the core subjects English and maths.

Headteacher Phil Mooney congratulated an “outstanding group of young men and women”.

He said: “The GCSE results recorded once again represent another record breaking year for students.

“The headline results put Cardinal Allen in the top 25 per cent of schools nationally according to targets set.

“I congratulate our students on their excellent achievements. They were an outstanding group of young men and women. I also pay tribute to my colleagues for their hard work in supporting our students towards such excellent results.

“Once again, Cardinal Allen students have demonstrated when you are happy, motivated, enjoy school and work hard it is possible to achieve outstanding results.

“I’m very proud of the rounded young men and women who leave Cardinal Allen this year and wish them every success in the future.”

Unity College Blackpool is celebrating its best ever results which has seen exam passes triple in three years.

Headteacher Barbara Lund said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be sharing in the success of children across all abilities.”

St Mary’s headteacher Stephen Tierney said he was “delighted and relieved” to see last year’s impressive overall pass rate rise to 99 per cent. Bispham High School was also delighted with the success of students in science, English and drama.

Palatine School has reported another successful crop of results with head teacher Chris Powell saying he was pleased to see students becoming “increasingly aspirational.”

In Thornton, Millfield School celebrated the fifth consecutive year of pass rates soaring across the board.

Headteacher Sean Bullen said: “The class of 2011 has produced the best results in the school’s history, the hard work continues now for 2012”.

In Poulton, Baines and Hodgson Academy both paid tribute to the hard work of students who have achieved what Tony Nicholson, head of Hodgson has described as “staggering individual successes”.

In Lytham, St Bede’s catholic school was proud to welcome in students who picked up some of the school’s best ever results.

Phil Grice, headteacher said: “I’m proud of the pupils who have worked extremely hard and grateful to our excellent staff who inspire and encouraged them.”

Carr Hill School in Kirkham also enjoyed ecstatic scenes. In a record breaking year, 90 per cent of students achieved at least five passes. Headteacher Patrick Earnshaw said: “We are absolutely delighted with these brilliant results.”

Kirkham Grammar also smashed its records.