Congratulations to the class of 2021 who have been picking up GCSE results today!
Results day came slightly earlier this year for students in Lowton and Golborne, who have had a very disrupted couple of years of study.
For a second year, pupils did not sit formal exams – but they have still had to work hard for their marks – and with less classroom time than they should have had. Schools have assessed their grades based on a combination of mock tests, coursework, homework and other factors.
And there were plenty of reasons for local pupils to celebrate!
Proud head teacher Mrs Alison Gormally paid tribute to her pupils as they collected their GCSE results.
She said: “Our Year 11 pupils have suffered more than any year group due to the National pandemic, but they have never given up.
“The staff and Governors at Golborne High School have been humbled by the fortitude of our Year 11 pupils who have shown such positivity and determination in a climate of confusion. The results they have achieved are the outcome of five years of hard work and dedication. The fact that these results have been reached by a different route does not, and must not, diminish the achievements of our pupils. As a head teacher, I have never been prouder of a group of pupils.”
Among the school’s highest achievers were: Daisy M (10 grade 9s, Distinction*), Ellis D (10 grade 9s, Distinction*), Lucy D (10 grade 9s, 1 grade 8), Josie B (9 grade 9s, Distinction*, 1 grade 8), Neve M (9 grade 9s, 1 grade 8, 1 grade 7), Nina J (7 grade 9s, Distinction*, 2 grade 8s, 1 grade 7), Callum D (7 grade 9s, Distinction*,3 grade 8s), Mia B (8 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s, 1 grade 7), Katelin W (7 grade 9s, 4 grade 8s), Ben W (6 grade 9s, Distinction*, 4 grade 8s) and Olivia P (3 grade 9s, 6 grade 8s, 2 grade 7s).
It was a day of celebration at Lowton High, with some high flying pupils celebrating top marks.
Among those recording the highest scores was Erin Monaghan, who achieved three grade 8s and six grade 9s. Erin will now go to St John Rigby Sixth Form College in September, and hopes to become an Educational Psychologist.
Meanwhile, Brodie Prescott is off to Winstanley College after receiving a great set of results, including grade 9s in Maths, Computer Science and Combined Science. Brodie will study A levels in Computer Science, Maths, Further Maths and Medieval History.
Head teacher at Culcheth High, Chris Hunt, described this year’s GCSE results as “a results day like no other” in recognition of the huge distruption that pupils have lived with over the past two years.
Mr Hunt said any suggestion in the media of ‘grade inflation’ was unfair and devalued the hard work and achievement of pupils.
He said: “This cohort of students has suffered more educational disruption than any cohort since the Second World War and their achievements are extraordinary in such difficult circumstances and should be celebrated.
“Culcheth High School’s 2021 GCSE Results aren’t just down to ‘Centre Assessed Grades’ but are a result of five years of dedication, enthusiasm and hard work on behalf of everyone in our school community. Students have achieved what they fully deserve and it fills us with pride that they leave Culcheth High School to start their next chapter in their journey.”
Mr Hunt particularly highlighted the performance of some of the school’s top performers: Will Hewson, Alex Burlinson, Charlotte Davies, Harley Johnson, Lauren Reade, Emma Grindley, Lucy Rawlinson, Katie Tanner, Gabby Unsworth, Harvey Ackerley and Grace McGarity.
“We are delighted with and very proud of our students’ achievements, and I would like to thank all
the staff for their dedication and hard work which have supported this level of achievement through
the GCSE courses.
“Finally, a big thank you to all the parents and guardians who have supported the students and school
to help our young people achieve this level of success in their GCSE examinations.”