Students shed tears of joy at Highfield Academy as the number of top GCSE grades awarded at the school increased by 12 per cent.
Some 50 per cent of students achieved a ‘standard pass’ in GCSE English and maths, achieving passes at grades 9 to 4.
One pupil, Keeley Smith, had particular cause for celebration, as she succeeded in boosting her maths grade from an ‘unqualified’ to a grade 7 - the equivalent of an A - in just a few short months.
She said: “It was constant revising. We got a private tutor so I was working all morning and all night.
“I’m so proud. I don’t know how I have done it.
“I’m going to go to college and I’m thinking of doing biology, chemistry and law.
“I either want to go the law route or the medicine route. I like a challenge.”
Fellow pupil Libby Thornley, of Kildonan Avenue, achieved three Grade 8 passes, four A*s and three As. She will now head to Cardinal Newman College in Preston to study biology, chemistry, English and history.
She said: “I feel really happy with my results - the hard work has paid off!
“Being a pupil at Highfield has shown me that you get out what you put in.”
Helen Mackenzie OBE, executive principal of Highfield Academy in South Shore, said: “Congratulations to our pupils on their results, and to their parents and the staff at Highfield too.
“It’s fantastic to see everyone’s hard work and support has led to a double-digit increase in Highfield pupils achieving the best GCSE grades.
“I’m proud to have joined the Highfield team. Together with my colleagues, I will ensure we build on the progress made over the last two years.”
Former head teacher Lynette Norris said: “I’m absolutely delighted. The students are outstanding; hard work was put in and clearly that has paid off.”