Pupils make the grade

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Garstang Community Academy students Chris Barnett and Jack Boardman celebrate their GCSE results
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Garstang Community Academy students Chris Barnett and Jack Boardman celebrate their GCSE results

THERE was no seven-year hitch for the youngsters of Garstang Community Academy, who aced their GCSEs with record results for the seventh successive year.

The school in Bowgreave also celebrated their first-ever results under the new academy status, with a staggering 98% of students gaining five A*-C grades.

Headteacher Phil Birch described the pupil’s achievements as ‘unbelievable’ as he unveiled the statistics, which showed 61% picked up five A*-C, including English and maths. An unprecedented half of students received at least three A*/A, and 27% gaining five A*/A grades.

He said: “2012 was another

high-achieving year for the young people of Garstang.

“I am particularly delighted with the performance of our most able students, who have gained an unbelievable number of A*/A grades, whilst a number of

subjects, including key areas such as mathematics, have posted their best ever results.

“These fabulous results are

hard-gained, and are testimony to the ambition and commitment of our tremendous staff, students and parents.”

It had been another anxious morning for Garstang’s teenagers as they made their final return to school to pick up their grades.

But the nervousness made way for delight as the moment of truth arrived and the youngsters able to share their success with family, friends and staff.

There were again numerous outstanding performances, including Charlotte Buckley, Seb Couch, Emily Cross, Ross Carter, Beth Helm, Grace Marsden, Sam Rawsthorne, Emily Sharpe, Georgia Shiels and Hannah Smith, who achieved A*/A grades in all their subjects.

Charlotte Buckley was thrilled with a complete set of A* grades, earning

herself a place at her chosen sixth form at Lancaster Girls’ Grammar to study

biology, chemistry, maths and PE.

She said: “I am shocked at what I am capable of and relieved all my hard work has paid off.”

Fellow student Sam Rawsthorne picked up eight A*s and four As.

He said: “I couldn’t have hoped for better results.” He now plans to go on to Cardinal Newman College in Preston to study chemistry, physics, maths and English literature.

Hannah Smith, who celebrated five A*s and seven As, added: “ I cannot believe it. Everyone has done amazingly well.”

There were similar scenes of celebration over at Saint Aidan’s Technology College in Preesall. The Over Wyre pupils have seen a huge improvement on grades compared to last year.

Headteacher Andy Smith said: “I am delighted to be able to celebrate this year’s GCSE and BTEC results with our students. I’m particularly pleased St Aidan’s has bucked the national trend with results which are significantly better than last year’s.

“This includes a five per cent improvement in the headline figure for five A* to C, including English and maths, and a record number of students gaining the highest grades of A* and A in their GCSEs.”

Mr Smith added: “We have also seen our best ever GCSE maths results, and our highest figure for the English Baccalaureate, which shows high achievement across a range of demanding traditional GCSE courses.

Particular mention went to Thomas Cutler, Katie Hall, Sophie Burke and Emma Haworth, who all achieved nine A* grades.