Whilst it wasn’t exactly “bah humbug,” year 11 pupils at Longridge’s St Cecilia’s High School were reminded that even though it is the Christmas season, the hard work carries on right up until the last day of term.
In the first week of December, year 11 had been doing their mock GCSEs in the school hall and to make the experience as real as possible, results were kept top secret and not released to pupils until the “mock results” morning of December 10.
Pupils were brought down to the hall and handed an envelope just like they will be in August on the real results day. The envelope contained the results of their mock exams.
To further add a pinch of reality, representatives from Newman, Runshaw, Myerscough and Blackburn colleges as well as from QEGS were on hand to offer pupils advice and what courses their “results” made them eligible for.
Nick Burnham, principal of Newman College spoke to the year 11 group and reinforced the message of hard work leads to success. Pupils were also reminded those who do not achieve a ‘C’ grade in English or maths will re do them at college until they achieve that grade.
Assistant headteacher Gary Caulfield who is responsible for the curriculum said: “The mock results morning worked as both a pat on the back to most and a sharp dose of reality to a few. This is the second year we have organised our results in this manner and I would like to thank all our staff for getting the marking done so promptly as well as thanking the college providers for taking the time to help us with making the experience as real as possible.”
After the mock results, the year 11s along with the rest of St Cecilia’s pupils were treated to the welcome sight of headteacher Ivan Catlow and his leadership team serving up Christmas dinner along with the rest of the school kitchen team.
Mr Catlow said: “It is a St Cecilia’s tradition that senior staff serve pupils their Christmas dinner. This year we have a lot to celebrate with our GCSE results, so it makes our Christmas dinner just that extra bit special!”