Proud students across Blackburn and Darwen are celebrating their GCSE results today.
Early indications show the achievements across the borough at state schools are at a similar level as last year, at around 57% of pupils gaining five A* to C grades including English and maths.
Several schools have seen rises in results, with Blakewater College jumping 16% to a 52% pass rate with five grades A* to C.The school is set to become Blackburn Central High School next month when its new building opens on Haslingden Road under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, in a co-location with Crosshill Special School as well as pupils from Beardwood Humanities College.
Alan Chambers, head teacher of Blackburn Central High School, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with these results, which represent a fantastic effort on behalf of our students, and staff and the tremendous support of our parents.
“This shows the huge amount of hard work everyone has put in and this is significantly above our target of 44%. This is a fantastic start to our new school and the students have truly excelled themselves, we are delighted.”
St Bede’s RC High School, on Livesey Branch Road, Blackburn, has also seen a rise in results, jumping 9% to a 75% pass rate grades A* to C. Work started this summer to transform the school, which is a specialist sporting college, also through the BSF programme. It will be remodelled and rebuilt through to 2014.
“It is a great set of results and I am very, very pleased. A leap of 9% is fantastic and is a significant improvement on already good results. I would like to say a huge well done to everyone.”
At independent Westholme School in Blackburn headteacher Lillian Croston said, “Westholme students have performed extremely well, with our A*/ A level percentage at 44%. The overall pass rate (grades A – C) was 92%, with notable performances across the whole range of rigorous English Baccalaureate subjects. Against a backdrop of a very definite national decline with the overall pass rate A-C dropping and the A*/A grade down by quite a significant 1%, I am particularly heartened by our achievements.”