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Wigan’s GCSE scores – From best to better
Thursday 27th August, 2009

Wigan’s GCSE scores – From best to better
Rose Bridge High School pupils Emily Holleron, Ashley Cassidy, Becki Landi, Jodie Shalcross and Ashley Fearns, all 16, jump for joy with their GCSE results.

The best just got better for secondary school pupils in Wigan as the borough celebrates another bumper crop of GCSE results.

Provisional figures released today (Thursday) suggest that the borough’s secondary schools have posted another record results’ year, with nearly half of all those pupils who took exams getting the magic five A* to C including Maths and English.

Last year the headline figure was 46 per cent of pupils achieving five A* to C grades including Maths and English. This year this figure, the government’s key performance indicator, has risen to 49.51 per cent.

While those achieving five A* to C grades in all subject is 70.40 per cent, compared to last year’s 66.4 per cent.
Wigan Council’s Cabinet Champion for Children and Young People Cllr Susan Loudon says: “Once again I think we are looking at another best ever set of results for our borough and I am thrilled for all our young people who have achieved exam success this year.

“These results are entirely deserved and a testament not only to the hard work and dedication of our young people but to our schools and everyone who works with children and young people in our borough.

“We have given a pledge to continue to improve the prospects and opportunities for our children and young people and this and previous years’ results show we are delivering on this.”

Cllr Loudon adds: “As in previous years, some will have done better than others and our aim is to bring the culture of continuous improvement to everyone.”

Many individual schools in the borough celebrated some top-notch results this year.
Students and staff at St Mary’s RC High School, Astley, were toasting their best results ever with the number of pupils achieving five including English and Maths rising by five per cent to 55 per cent.

St Mary’s head David Burnett, commended staff and students on the achievement of such outstanding results “It is gratifying to note that hard work and commitment always leads to success.”

At Ince Rose Bridge, head Jack Pendlebury, staff and pupils were jumping for joy about the school’s increase from 34 per cent to 36.69 per cent in the headline grades.

Mr Pendlebury says: “We have recently been graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and we have smashed government targets for GCSE attainment for the fourth year running.

“Our students have increasingly high expectations in terms of higher and further education and university entrance.
“Their hard work along with the high expectations of teachers and the support of their families has led to these results.”

Tyldesley’s Fred Longworth High School, is also celebrating a best ever set of grades with over 82 per cent of Year 11 students achieving at least 5 grades at C or above. The number of students achieving five grades Cs or above including English and Maths also rose significantly to almost 60 per cent.

Headteacher Janet Garretts says: “The school has a long tradition of students outperforming their targets, but these results represent an even better than usual performance. They are the consequence of years of hard work and are a testament to the very special working atmosphere in the school, with everyone wanting to achieve their best.

“We look forward to building upon this success in years to come – our students of all abilities can clearly see that, if they work hard, they can really reach for the stars at Fred Longworth.”

Cllr Loudon says: “There are many stories of individual success that we can celebrate today but we also need to look to future.

“The borough is about to embark on a journey to transform secondary education through the Wigan Building Schools of the Future programme.”

She adds: “With millions of pounds worth of investment in new schools and learning environments across the borough we are sure we can expect to be celebrating fantastic achievements such as this for generations to come.”

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