Balshaw’s CE High School were the toast of Leyland as 78 per cent of their students achieved pass grades in both English and Maths.

Also among their successes included 86 per cent passes in English, 83 per cent passes in Maths and 41 per cent passed in English, Maths, Science, humanities and a modern foreign language. There were some outstanding individual achievements – five of our students had more grade 9s than any other grade. Kate Doughty received seven GCSEs at grade 9, and Thomas Salisbury gained five grade 9 GCSEs.

Headteacher, Steven Haycocks, said: “I am delighted that the hard work of our students and staff have brought the highest level of attainment that the school has ever had.”

Meanwhile, students at Worden Academy were also celebrating with a pass rate of 86 per cent in English, 70 per cent pass rate in Maths and every Spanish student passed their exam.

Head Girl, Klaudia Witkowska, achieved an impressive two 9s, one grade 8, four grade 7s and three grade 5s. Tom Smith was extremely pleased with his two 9s, three grade 8s, three grade 7s and one grade 6. Daniel Morton, Head Boy, gained two 9s, a Distinction*, two 8s, two grade 7s, one grade 6 and a grade 5.

Chris Catherall, headteacher, said: “With the more demanding, new style GCSEs, now in place, it’s fantastic to see our youngsters so pleased with their grades and reaping the rewards of all their hard work. I am extremely proud and delighted for them.”

Elsewhere, Wellfield High School students gained grade 4s and above (what was previously a grade C pass) in Maths and English combined, which saw a further 12 per cent increase on last year, rising to 60 per cent. There are also some excellent individual successes for Wellfield students. Kelsey Turner and Jodie Hustings both got 5 grades at A/A* level, as well as achieving the exceptional grade 9 in Maths and History respectively. Kate Weatherby and Abdulrahman Saeed also secured a grade 9 in their suite of results. Alice Dyson and Amy Monaghan achieved grade 8s in Food (Alice) and Photography (Amy).

Mrs Gwinnett, Executive Headteacher, said: “As a school we’re proud of each and every one of them. It’s a real testament to all the hard work and commitment put in by students, parents and staff alike. What’s key about Wellfield is the productive working ethos that we have developed and the positive relationships in the classroom. Our teachers work hard at knowing what makes each student tick.”

Mr Barnard, Head of School, added: “I’m thrilled for this year group. They’ve worked really hard over the last two years and have seen the fruit of their labours rewarded. There was a real buzz this morning! Tremendous thanks to the staff for their tireless efforts, and also a big thank you to parents, who continue to work with us to help secure successful futures for their children.”