STUDENTS across St Helens have been celebrating after receiving their GCSE results.
Against a backdrop of ongoing changes to educational qualifications and the curriculum, St Helens has broadly maintained its performance at GCSE level.
This year, 54.1 per cent of students secured five GCSEs at A* to C grades, including English and maths compared to 55.2 per cent last year.
Coun Jeanette Banks, cabinet member for education and lifelong learning, said: “Once again our GCSE students have achieved some excellent results – and I’d like to congratulate all of them on their success.
“Our schools are on a journey of improvement and while much remains to be done, let us now take this chance to celebrate our students’ hard earned achievements.”
There were impressive performances at several schools, including De La Salle, where 65 per cent of students gained five GCSEs at A* to C grades, compared to 59 per cent last year.
Rainford High Technology College and Rainhill High School both also posted impressive results at GCSE.
At St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School, 60 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades.
De La Salle’s deputy head teacher Mike Clarke said: “Pupils and staff have worked extremely hard to deliver a set of results that represent a significant rise in the percentage of young people achieving five GCSEs (A* to C including English and maths) as well as A* to A grades.
“I’d like to wish good luck to all our Year 11 as they move on – and I know that any college or apprenticeship scheme will be lucky to have them.”