SIXTEEN-year-old Michael Higgins was top of the class at Newton High in the school’s last set of GCSE results before its merger with St Aelred’s.
Brainy Michael, of Newton, picked up an impressive five A*s and three As, as well as all A*s in his ICT diploma - which incorporated some English and maths.
He told the Reporter: “I’m absolutely ecstatic with my results. I was predicted to do well, but I never expected to get an A in religious studies.
“I was really nervous this morning too and struggled to get to sleep last night. I’m just glad that all my hard work paid off.
“I’m going to Winstanley College now to study maths, further maths, physics and computing. I’m not sure what I want to do in the future yet though – I’m keeping my options open.”
Newton High’s acting headteacher, Gavin Gomersall, hailed the school’s last set of GCSE results before it forms the new Hope Academy with St Aelreds as testament to “a lot of hard work” by teachers and pupils alike.
Mr Gomersall, who is now moving on to pastures new, said: “The GCSE results have continued to improve, which is very pleasing. It’s a nice reward for the efforts of staff and pupils all the way to the end of Newton High.
“It’s all down to the hard work and dedication of the staff and the enthusiasm and engagement of the pupils - we all worked in tandem, under difficult circumstances.
“I think the Hope Academy has created a sense of excitement among our pupils though and something to aspire to. I hope they all stay on for the sixth form.”