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Class of 2022 celebrate GCSE results

by Editor

Congratulations to all the young people in Lowton and Golborne who collected GCSE results this week!

Once again, there were many individual success stories at our local schools, and lots of young people now looking ahead to their next steps.

It was the first year that exams have been assessed externally since 2019, and because of the pandemic the students have suffered two years of disruption and uncertainty as they’ve studied towards these qualifications.

So it’s a real testament to them, and their teachers, that despite all of those challenges, the results were really something to celebrate.

At Golborne High…

Head Teacher, Mrs Alison Gormally, praised the “resilience and strength of character” that had seen her Year 11 pupils acheieve “exceptional” results.

She said: “Our Year 11 pupils have faced huge challenges brought about by the Pandemic and constant changes of direction from the DFE. They have responded to those hurdles with determination, focus and positivity and they have never given up!”

She said staff and Governors at Golborne High School have been “humbled by the fortitude” of the students, who had shown “such maturity in a climate of confusion”.
And there were a number of particularly high achieving pupils who werre highlighted, including:
• Rosie F – 9 grade 9s
• Lizzie W– 7 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s
• Keira H – 7 grade 9s, 1 grade 8, 1 Distinction Level 2
• Daniel N – 5 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s,1 grade 6
• Zak S – 5 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s, 1 grade 7, 1 Distinction Level 2 *
• Lewis P – 5 grade 9s, 1 Distinction Level 2*, 2 grade 8s, 1 grade 7
• Thea W – 7 grade 9s, 1 Distinction Level 2,3 grade 8s
• Olivia O – 6 grade 9s,1 grade 8, 1 grade 7,1 Level 2 Distinction*
• Jessica P – 4 grade 9s,4 grade 8s, 1 grade 7
• Isobel D – 4 grade 9s, 4 grade 8s,1 grade 7
• Ethan M – 4 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s, 3 grade 7s.

At Lowton High

Lowton Church of England High School enjoyed a significant hike in results this year, bucking the national trend.

The school’s results this year are higher than in 2019 and higher than the results published in 2020 and 2021 when there were no examinations.

70% of all exams were graded as at least a strong pass (grade 5 or higher) and more than 27% achieved the top grades in their exams (grades 7, 8 and 9).

Results in English and mathematics were well above the national average – more than 90% of students achieved a standard pass in English and over 80% did the same in Maths.

57% of students achieved a strong pass in both English and mathematics, up an impressive 25 percentage points on results in 2019. This is well above the national average of 43% in 2019.

Results in nearly all subjects were well above the national average.

The school also said that all students in Year 10 took their Religious Studies a year early and an impressive 13 students achieved the very top grade 9.

Kieran Larkin, Head Teacher said: “This is a tribute to the dedication of students who, despite the time missed because of the pandemic, worked all the harder to achieve the results they so richly deserved. Staff have consistently gone above and beyond for their students and this is shown in these excellent results.

“I am deeply proud of our students and my staff who at no point used the pandemic as an excuse for what could be achieved. The achievements of students shows that through hard work, dedication and aspiration for yourself you can achieve great things. We wish each of them the very best as they move on to the next chapter in their life.”

What’s next for students?

If you, or your child is now considering options for the future, don’t forget that St Helens College is currently holding enrolment days – it’s a chance to find out more about the academic, vocational and apprenticeship routes they offer.

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