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Warrington’s GCSE results as Lymm youngsters celebrate school’s best ever year


AS youngsters across Warrington received their GCSE results today students at Lymm High School were celebrating the school’s best ever year.

Student Grace Cooke achieved eight 9s, one 8 and an A*, Hannah Maudsley-Barton got six 9s, three 8s and an A*, Hannah Coy received three 9s, two 8s, two 7s, two 6s and an A. She will be staying at Lymm for sixth form to study maths, biology and chemistry.

Elliot Haskins also celebrated a fantastic set of results, achieving eight 9s, one 7 and an A*

Headteacher of Lymm High School, Gwyn Williams, said: “We usually try not to get too carried away with ourselves, but that’s proving quite difficult today; these are the best results the school has ever had, by some distance.

“Over 89% of students have got grades 9–4 in English and Maths (the traditional A*-C measure) and 70% have picked up 9-5 grades in both. At the very top end, over 30% gained 9-7 (the old A*-A grades) in at least five different subjects and around a quarter of students scored at least one top grade 9. We’re still waiting for confirmation on progress measures but expect these to be superb as well.

“What feels particular satisfying is that these results were not unexpected; they are in line with predictions and build on the rapid improvements of the past few years. A lot of hard work from a lot of people sits behind them.

“I cannot praise the students or staff highly enough for the way they have approached the new GCSE specifications over the past couple of years. There is more pressure than ever around exam performance and everyone has responded brilliantly. I could not be more proud of them.”

Youngsters at Lymm High school celebrate

Birchwood Community High School

Birchwood Community High School GCSE results improve significantly for the fourth year running.

Mrs Bryan, Headteacher, said “This is a fantastic day for our learners and the atmosphere here is buzzing. On behalf of the staff and governors, I would like to congratulate all our Year 11 learners on their excellent exam results which is a testament to their hard work and commitment. I would also like to thank staff, parents and carers who have worked in partnership to support them.

“We are delighted and proud of all the achievements. We are particularly pleased with the 10% increase in the percentage number of learners achieving a strong Grade 5 and above grade in both Maths and English, an important measure for progression on to college and apprenticeships.

“Our focus to stretch our most able learners has paid off with 68% of subjects increasing the proportion achieving a top grade of 7 or above. In Maths and English, over a fifth of learners gained a top grade of 7 of above which is an 8% increase on last year.

“We are really pleased that many learners are now progressing on to our own sixth form, Birchwood College, which is a specialist Applied Learning College with enrolments taking place today and tomorrow.”

Individual subject performances:
• 100% pass rate in Acting with 47% achieving a top grade
• 100% pass rate in Music with 50% achieving a top grade
• 98% pass rate in Biology with 40% achieving a top grade
• 98% pass rate in Chemistry with 36% achieving a top grade
• 91% pass rate in PE with 43% achieving a top grade
• 72% pass rate in English with over a fifth achieving a top grade
• 96% pass rate in Physics
• 69% pass rate in Maths

UTC Warrington

UTC Warrington students are celebrating their GCSE results, which have seen a significant improvement from the previous years’ grades, as the college continues to raise the bar in STEM education.

The University Technical College, which was awarded a Good Ofsted grade earlier this year, has seen milestone achievements in its latest GCSE results, including English, Maths and Science. The grades are only the college’s second set of results and already there have been a positive increase in the number of students achieving a Grade 4 or above in core academic subjects.

Students studying separate sciences have benefitted from high-quality teaching, with 92% of students achieving a Grade 4 in Physics, whilst over 86% of those studying the specialist Principles of Engineering course also secured top grades.

Lee Barber, Principal & Chief Executive of the UTC, says that the combination of employer-led learning and good quality teaching has helped students secure a good set of results.

He said: “We have seen a noteworthy increase in the number of students achieving a Grade 4 or above in key academic and technical subjects. Our Year 11 leavers joined us in our second year and since then we have delivered an excellent programme of employer-led learning and an improved quality of specialist teaching across the college.”

“Throughout the last twelve months, UTC students have had over 90 employer engagement opportunities; that’s 1 in 2 days where a local business or employer partner has interacted with our students. There is no doubt in my mind that this level of employer activity has been crucial in motivating students to achieve the best possible grades.”

Latest research from University Technical Colleges has found that nearly 1 in 3 students have thought about how specialist subjects will influence their career and more than a fifth of students said that they would have benefitted from more contact with local employers whilst at school.

High achievers included Daniel Neve, who secured Grade 9s in Maths, Physics and Computer Science as well as high grades across core and technical subjects. He is going on to study the new Cyber Computing course in September. Daniel says that the UTC’s specialist subjects have helped him follow his understand new aspects of STEM, including cyber and computing.

He said: “I chose UTC Warrington because I wanted more experience in Engineering and I saw the opportunities available at the college. The curriculum is focused and you can study what matters to you. It’s been great to gain relevant work placements, good careers support and meeting like-minded people.”

Amber Thomason secured top grades and is now looking ahead to her future in the Science and Engineering sectors. She said: “I am looking to either study Architecture at University or secure a Degree Apprenticeship with Sellafield. The UTC has helped me focus on my future career and I am looking forward to returning to sixth form to study BTEC Engineering and A Level Maths.”

Will Arnold, who also joined in 2017, has secured an apprenticeship with Wood PLC. He said: “I chose to get an apprenticeship since becoming interested in Engineering and the college has helped me secure an apprenticeship with Wood PLC. The UTC is more personal than my previous school and I have been given more opportunities to build my character through leadership and cadet activities.”
UTC Warrington is hosting two showcase open events in September for prospective Year 10 and Year 12 students:
• Thursday 12th September, 5.30pm – 8.00pm
• Saturday 28th September, 10.00am – 12.30pm

Culcheth High School

Mr Hunt, Headteacher at Culcheth High School welcomed students eagerly anticipating their 2019 GCSE results.

“It has been a vibrant and exciting morning at Culcheth High School as students, parents and staff celebrate some excellent GCSE Results.
“On behalf of the staff and governors of Culcheth High School, I would like to congratulate our Year 11 students on their excellent GCSE exam results. There have also been some fantastic individual performances, which reflect the hard work of the students in their GCSE studies. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the students for their efforts and wish them all the very best in their next steps.

“We are delighted with and very proud of our students’ achievements. 76% of students achieved a ‘Basics Standard Pass’, which is Grade 4 and above, in GCSE English and Mathematics. 52% of students achieved a ‘Basics Strong Pass’, which is Grade 5 and above, in GCSE English and Mathematics specifications. We have seen many excellent results across all of the GCSE subjects. Given the changes to education, assessment and examinations in these specifications, over the last few years, it makes this year’s results very pleasing.

“We would especially like to congratulate a number of our students for their individual academic success and some outstanding personal progress. These include Caitlin Armstrong, Ethan Bent, Sarah Blundell, Faith Bridge, Charlotte Cooper, James Davies, Ella Driver, Alicia Gibbons, Danniella Glenn, Taylor Greenough, Will Horton, Ella Hughes, Will Jones, Milly Marsden, Finlay Patterson, Joel Dennison, Lily Hope, Morgan McLoughlin, Ruby Sahota, Mark Westwood, Harry Wood, Ruby Young and Sophie Young.”


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