Students at Golborne High School are flying high once again this year after exceeding all expectations and achieving outstanding GCSE results across the board.
Early indications are that overall results are up on last year in every subject and progress is significantly above last year’s Progress 8 measure which was itself above national average.
This reflects the sustained and rapid improvement that has taken place over the last three years which has placed Golborne High School in the top 15% of all schools nationally with outcomes exceeding national averages and students performing at the highest level across the board.
Across the borough as a whole, more than 3,000 young people were picking up their GCSE results today.
Wigan Council said early indications showed many positive outcomes for both pupils and schools in the area, with school maintaining the number of students attaining a strong pass in English and in mathematics separately, as well as an increase in the percentage managing a strong pass in both subjects.
About the new GCSE grading
The GCSE examination structure continues to undergo significant changes with the alterations to exam structure and grading introduced for English and mathematics last year now rolled out across the majority of other examination subjects.
These GCSEs have been graded on the new 9 to 1 scale with all other GSCE subjects following suit in 2019.
Under this new system, students with a Grade 4 will have achieved a ‘standard pass’ whilst those with a Grade 5 will have achieved a ‘strong pass’. A Grade 4 or above will be equivalent to a previous Grade C and above and will continue to have currency for individual pupils as they progress to further study and employment.
As well as strong results overall, Golborne High School said it was also thrilled with the proportion of its students achieving the new grade 9, with 63 grade 9s in all which is an increase of 38 from last year.
Headteacher Mrs Gormally said: “We are delighted with and incredibly proud of these results; they are an accurate reflection of the hard work and dedication of our students and staff. In a time of significant change within the GCSEs the students, staff and parents have demonstrated a collective resilience and tenacity to achieve these simply fantastic results.
“I would like to thank the staff for the incredible commitment they have shown to ensuring that every student is given an outstanding education and provided with the multifaceted support that they require as individuals.
“As well as their academic success we are equally proud of the well-rounded young people our students have become during their time at Golborne High School.
“Our students have now taken the first step in their journey to achieving their ambitions. They can compete at the highest level locally, Nationally and Internationally and begin to realise their dreams. Everybody at Golborne High School wishes them the greatest success in the future.”
How did other schools in the area do?
Hope Academy in Newton-Le-Willows were also pleased with their results today.
The school said that 64% of entries achieved 4-9/C-A* passes whilst a massive 61% of students entered achieved five or more 4-9/C-A* passes.
69% of students achieved a Grade 4-9 in English and 63% achieved Grade 4-9 in Maths (an increase of 8% since 2017) There have been significant increases across all Science qualifications with the separate Sciences seeing a 100% 4-9 pass rate.
This was replicated across a wide range of subjects. Record results included Photography achieving 100% grades 4-9, P.E, achieving 95% grades 4-9 (40% achieving grades 7+) and Drama achieving 77% grades 4-9.
Students have also performed extremely well in all vocational qualifications. Early indicators suggest outstanding progress across these subjects.
Following the April 2018 Section 48 Inspection report which judged the Academy to be Outstanding in all areas, R.E. achieved 68% grades 4-9. This demonstrates an 18% increase from the previous year. These grades include some outstanding individual performances: 22 students gaining grades 8-9 and 46 students gaining 7+.
Grades 8 and 9 reflect the ability of the highest attaining students nationally. Overall, Hope Academy students achieved an astounding 85 grade 8 and 9s across a range of subjects, with 184 grades being 7+.
Head Teacher Patrick Ferguson said: “We are committed to providing all of our students with the best possible educational opportunities that transform into the highest academic and social achievement. We look forward to a record number of students continuing their journey with us into Sixth form, following last week’s excellent A-Level and Vocational results which allowed every university applicant to secure their place. I am remarkably proud of each and every student.”
Need advice on next steps?
If you, or your child, has collected GCSE results and is unsure about what to do next, help is at hand.
Wigan Council has free advice available through the Aspiring Futures team. Advisers will also be based in the Wigan Life Centre and the Life Centre in Leigh, now based in Leigh library, if young people wish to come down and speak to them.
There will also be two further events to discuss training, education or career options. These take place in Wigan Town Centre on Standishgate on Friday 25 August from 12pm-3pm and in Leigh Town Centre on Bradshawgate on Tuesday 28 August from 12-3pm.
There is also a NHS Public Health Traineeship event, being held at Wigan and Leigh College on Wednesday 29 August from 10am.
The Aspiring Futures team can also be contacted on Aspiring.Futures@wigan.gov.uk or 01942 828801.