STUDENTS in St Helens maintained the high standards set last year following the publication of today’s GCSE results.
More than 55 per cent of pupils achieved at least five A* to C grades, including English and maths.
Among the best performing schools was Haydock High, which recorded a rise of 18 per cent in the number of students passing at least five GCSEs including English and maths.
There were also record performances at St Augustine’s, Rainford High and Sutton Academy - with improvements of seven per cent, four per cent and three per cent respectively.
Coun Alison Bacon, St Helens Council’s cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “These are excellent results especially as early statistics show that there has been an overall drop in grades across other parts of the country.
“So very well done to everyone concerned, especially the hard working students. We know that there is still work to be done and we will continue to strive to deliver an education service that equips our children for the future.”
Director of children and young people’s services Andy Dempsey added: “This is another good year for the young people and schools of St Helens. I would like to congratulate pupils across the borough for their achievements and teachers, parents and governors for the support and guidance that they have provided.”