ST Helens students celebrated the town’s best ever GCSE results last week.
Most local schools recorded significantly improved pass rates and the number of pupils achieving at least five A*-C grades - including English and maths - jumped from 52.8 per cent in 2010 to 55.2 per cent this year.
Also, an amazing 82.8 per cent of pupils collected at least five A*-C grades last Thursday (August 25) compared to last year’s figure of 80.7 per cent.
Councillor Eric Smith, St Helens Council’s cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “What a great day for St Helens. This is further evidence that the investments being made in our schools are resulting in higher standards and improved life opportunities for our children.”
Bob Hepworth, the acting director of children and young people’s services added: “This is a fantastic set of results. I would like to congratulate pupils across the borough for their achievements and would also like to thank teachers and parents for the support they have provided.”
Among the local success stories was Rainhill High - where a stunning 97 per cent of pupils gained at least five A*-C grades.
In total, 27 per cent of the school’s grades were A* or A and 30 pupils got As in every subject.
Headteacher John Pout said; “These results are brilliant - I’m delighted. It is great to see so many Rainhill students getting such high grades. This improves their life chances and allows them to go into sixth form and beyond with excellent results.
“I’m very proud of all our students - they have worked very hard and deserve these grades. The school is flying at the moment too. We have excellent teachers, a good curriculum, a family friendly atmosphere, supportive parents and very high standards – it is a potent mixture.”