Praise for top pupils over exam results

Blackpool Councillor 'Coun Ivan Taylor
Blackpool Councillor 'Coun Ivan Taylor
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Blackpool politicians have praised the “hard work and perseverance” of teenagers in the resort who achieved top GCSE results.

Blackpool Council has revealed overall performances of the resort’s eight secondary schools, which, while showing an overall drop in attainment of the top grades, still show significant improvements in certain areas.

This year 44.4 per cent of students across the town received the gold standard of five A* to C grades including English and Maths, compared to 45.6 per cent at this stage in 2013.

But the town’s youngsters are achieving better English results than their peers did last year, with 61.1 per cent of students receiving an A* to C grade in the subject, up from 56.7 per cent last year.

Education bosses have stressed this percentage score is before re-marks take place so could change when the official figures are released.

Coun Ivan Taylor, cabinet member for education, said: “These results reflect what has been happening nationally, in various ways they have tightened up the criteria, we had hoped to do better.

“There was also a fair amount of chaos created by the academisation of schools.

“As from September, six of Blackpool’s seven secondary schools will be academies, it’s not to my liking but there we are, and we will continue to work with all schools to make things better, we are determined.”

Unity Academy, North Shore, this year recorded its best ever results while St George’s School, Marton, also made significant improvements.

Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South, has praised the hard work of the resort’s outgoing Year 11s, reflected in results out on Thursday.

The MP for Blackpool South singled out students from schools in his constituency, Highfield Humanities College on Highfield Road and St George’s School on Cherry Tree Road.

He said: “The GCSE grades Blackpool students received demonstrates the considerable talent we have in the town. That wide range of achievements is not just a testament to the students but also to the hardworking teachers and school staff.”

But Mr Marsden said he was disappointed not to see any results or stories of success from South Shore Academy, on St Annes Road.

The school did not submit any results to The Gazette for our 12-page supplement reporting on the successes of the Fylde coast’s other 20 schools.

He added: “It’s a real pity for South Shore Academy pupils and their parents that for whatever reason their Trust overseeing the school was unable to publish any information on a day when every other school was celebrating their students.

“I look forward to some form of reasonable explanation.”