Year 11 pupils around the district were celebrating their achievements today as they collected their GCSE results.
At Ripley St Thomas CE Academy, principal Liz Nicholls said: “We are delighted that so many of our young people have been rewarded for their hard work by excellent results this year.
“Particular congratulations go to Rachel Maddox who achieved 12 A*s and one A, and to Aicha Whittaker who achieved 10 A*s and two As.
“Results overall were broadly in line with last year with particularly pleasing results in the Ebacc subjects, notably in science and mathematics.
“These results provide a strong platform for students to continue their studies and we wish them all every success in the next stage of their education.”
Students from Lancaster Royal Grammar School are celebrating some outstanding GCSE results.
141 students sat a total of 1,549 examinations, with 28.8 per cent of all entries awarded A* grades and 62.9 per cent of all entries were graded A* or A.
Head Chris Pyle said: “Congratulations to our pupils on these excellent results. There are very many individual achievements behind these figures.
“Our pupils’ exam successes are the result of much hard work on the part of this multi-talented year group, as well as the dedication of their teachers.
“It is a privilege to work with such impressive, ambitious and creative young people.
“The tone of national media coverage about teenagers and schools can sometimes seem a little downbeat, so it is excellent to be reminded again that for our pupils it is definitely ‘cool to succeed’.
“I look forward to seeing them go from strength to strength in the sixth form as well.”
Amongst the exceptional individual results, 11 boys received nine or more A* grades: James Anderton, Harish Chari, Christopher Gaskell, Naveen Goddard, Rahul Herlekar, Hemant Kumar, Thomas Manklow, Rayhan Munawar, Edward Pickthall, James Riach and Thomas Williamson.
In individual subjects, more than half of all entries in maths and physics received A* grades.
Outstanding GCSE results included 11 A* grades for Naveen Goddard and 10 A* and one A for Rahul Herlekar.
Central Lancaster High School has once again exceeded expectations.
This year 70 per cent of students achieved the desired C grade or higher in English and 72 per cent in maths.
The school beat all targets to see 60 per cent of students gain five or more C grades at GCSE, including both English and maths.
The school has continued to improve academic results every year for the last 12 years, once again achieving the school’s highest ever grades at GCSE with 99 per cent of its students gaining five or more A*-C grades, meaning nearly every student has a successful platform for post-16 study in their chosen specialisms.
Almost one third achieved three or more A*/A grades.
Head Jon Wright said: “Every year our students raise the bar, it’s fantastic! People always ask how our students exceed their individual expectations of progress.
“The answer is twofold: the energy and commitment of an excellent staff, who provide relentless support, fully comprehending their role in
our school motto ‘Inspiring success’; and our school ethos, based on people and the development of every individual, which secures a very
positive learning environment.
“Well done to all our students and their teachers – they make us so proud.”
Morecambe Community High head John McNaughton said: “I am very pleased for all of the students who have achieved the best results in the school’s recent history.
“When there is such uncertainty nationally, it was a very positive and rewarding results day at the school.”
Four high-performing Carnforth High School students are celebrating a string of impressive results.
Nervous teenagers assembled at the entrance to the sixth form centre before 10am.
Tyler Davidson, 16, said his grades were ‘pretty good’.
His six As, three Bs and a C means he can go onto the school’s sixth form next month.
“I’ll be studying physics, chemistry, maths and IT,” he said.
Sixteen-year-old Amy-Jo Clough is heading to Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale, to study in the sixth form after bagging two A* grades, four As, four Bs and a C.
“I’m very happy,” she said. “I was pretty tense when I got here.”
Ellis Rucastle, 16, hopes to eventually study sports psychology after completing A Levels at Ripley school in Lancaster.
Describing the revision effort ahead of achieving four As, four Bs and a C, he said: “It was quite a lot of work. I had to stay in a lot but it was worth it.”
And aspiring doctor Joshua Bracewell, 15, plans to do his A-levels at Lancaster Royal Grammar School.
“I’m surprised at the grades, especially English, because I was getting Cs in the exams.”
Garstang Community Academy students achieved excellent and improved GCSE results this year despite widespread concerns about stricter marking and the raising of grade boundaries.
Overall, 64 per cent of the Year 11 students gained five A*-C including English and maths, while 98 per cent achieved five A*-C and 46 per cent gained three A*/A or more.
Records were broken in a number of subjects, most notably mathematics, where a staggering 81 per cent of the year group attained a C grade or better.
Headteacher Phil Birch is delighted with his students’ performance.
“I am, as always, proud of, and humbled by the achievements of our outstanding young people, who have been fantastically supported by our dedicated and inspirational staff for the past five years,” he said.
“To gain year-on-year improvement in the current climate is a phenomenal achievement, and is testimony to the amazing ambition and team spirit that we have here at GCA.”
Students at Dallam performed particularly well in both maths and English ,with many gaining As and A*s across all their subjects, most notably Robyn Barclay (9 A*), and Lana Purcell (8 A*), Ellen Sandford and Beth Howarth Henry (7 A*) to add to the As and A*s just gained two years early in various A and AS Level exams.
Steve Holdup, who is retiring as headteacher this summer, said: “I am delighted that so many students did so well.
“It has been a privilege in my time at Dallam to work with such hard-working and highly achieving students and staff.”
Students and staff at Saint Aidan’s CE Technology College in Preesall were jumping for joy as they celebrated GCSE and BTEC results which smashed all previous school records.
74 per cent of students achieved five or more GCSEs at Grade C or above including English and maths – an increase of 17 percentage points in two years.
Records were broken in many individual subjects too, including maths, science and RE, and in the “English Baccalaureate”, which recognises all round achievement in a range of academic subjects.
Jenni Entwisle had the best individual results with 10 A* grades, with many other students not far behind.
Headteacher Andy Smith said: “I am delighted to be able to celebrate our best ever GCSE results with staff and students; these results are a great reward for a lot of hard work by all concerned, and continue the improvement which we have seen over the last two years at Saint Aidan’s at a time when results across the country have been going down.”
Students at Settle College have celebrated another very successful year at GCSE, with 70 per cent of students gaining GCSEs in English and maths while a record 92 per cent of students gained five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C, showing a rise on previous years’ results.
Principal William Bancroft said: “These are outstanding outcomes overall and we are particularly pleased that results in maths, English and science are holding up well at a time when there is great uncertainty over grade boundaries nationally.
“The overall pass rate is 25 per cent higher than the national average which means students at Settle College make significantly better progress in their time with us.
“This achievement has been recognised by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust which has identified Settle College as performing within
the top 20 per cent of schools nationally.
“The students have worked very hard and should be proud of their achievements. It is especially rewarding to see that so very many students have gained five or more full GCSE qualifications, which gives them an excellent foundation for their next steps in education.
“We are proud of all the students; there have been some outstanding achievements when we consider that more than 10 per cent of the students have achieved more than 100 A and A* grades between them.
“We are also pleased that nearly 30 per cent of our students have achieved the English Baccalaureate, meaning they have five or more GCSEs at grades C and above including English, maths, science, a modern foreign language and history or geography.”
Giggleswick School is extremely pleased with the academic performance of all its Year 11 students.
Across the whole ability range 69 per cent of maths and science grades were A*/A, with 76 per cent achieving A*/A grades in modern languages, (French, Spanish, German and Russian).
All pupils are required to take these core subjects and they have done exceptionally well.
Headmaster Geoffrey Boult said: “This was a bright year group with a superb work ethic in and out of the classroom. They participated in sport, music and drama in record numbers, and are great ambassadors for the school.
“They deserve their success and should go on to achieve great things in the sixth form at Giggleswick.”
* Keep an eye on the Guardian website for the latest GCSE news from around our schools. Full results and round-up will be in next week’s paper.