STUDENTS across Chorley were on cloud 9 after receiving their GCSE results last Thursday morning.

The class of 2019 at St Michaels ensured the school’s reputation as a high-performer remained with the average grade 6 (B) and 88 per cent of Year 11 collected at least five or more 9-4 grade passes including English and mathematics with 27% of pupils achieving a grade 7 or above in both English and mathematics.

There were many notable individual performances, including Faye Bamford who achieved eight Grade 9s and two Grade 8s; Jessica Wilson who gained seven Grade 9s and two Grade 8s; Luke Hannett whose achievements included six Grade 9s, two Grade 8s, a Grade 7 and a Distinction; George Baldwin who achieved six Grade 9s, a Grade 8, Grade 7 and a Distinction; Robert Tinsley’s achievements were six Grade 9s, two Grade 8s and two Grade 7s.

Elsewhere, Holy Cross Catholic High School celebrated success with their GCSE results as they achieved 68 Grade 9s altogether.

26 pupils achieved at least one Grade 9 and 12 pupils amassed at least three Grade 9s, which puts them among the top pupils in the country.

Head teacher Ivan Gaughan said: “The results are brilliant and it’s down to the dedication and hard work of the staff and the students.

Among the highlights were Elizabeth Blackburn has her sights set on Cambridge University as she celebrated a superb eight nines and two eights in her GCSEs, Zac Blackwell shared tears with his mum Kim as he was ‘gobsmacked’ at his results of six Grade 9s and three Grade 8s.

Holly McHugh celebrated five Grade 9s and four Grade 8s and admitted one result surprised her.

Sienna Redmond was a high-performer, achieving five Grade 9s, two 8s and a 7..

Louai Kerfoot and Adam Lister celebrated three Grade 9s and six Grade 8s each while Tom Hunter, Raj Kaur and Catherine Samways all achieved Grade’s 7-9 in their GCSEs.

Meanwhile pupils at Parklands High School achieved a total of 94 grade 9s which is the top mark possible.

In total, 77% of Parklands pupils achieved grades 9 to 4 in English and maths, with 73 % of students gaining at least five passes.

Among the top performers were Anthony Banks and Maisie Owen, who both received 8 grade 9s.

Southlands High School pupils maintained the improvements made in 2018 in the percentage of standard and strong passes, with an increase in the number of students who attained 9-7.