Outstanding results spark celebrations

GCSE results - Brighouse High School.'Good results: from the left, Frances Dugdale, Danielle Patterson, Jamie Shackleton and Jessica Rawson.
GCSE results - Brighouse High School.'Good results: from the left, Frances Dugdale, Danielle Patterson, Jamie Shackleton and Jessica Rawson.

FOLLOWING exceptional A-Level results the success story continued when pupils at Brighouse High, Rastrick High, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High and Hipperholme Grammar School found out how they had performed in their GCSEs.

Results for this year’s GCSEs show another record-breaking year, with a total of 69.8 per cent of pupils nationally making the grade. Girls are increasing their lead over the boys to 6.7 percentage points at the top grades of A* and A.

But it was a fitting end to a celebratory year at Rastrick High School with the school’s best results in its 25 year history.

The results show there has been an increase by eight per cent in the number of pupils achieving five A*-C grades including English and maths compared to last year’s results.

Head teacher Helen Lennie said it was a significant increase. “This is credit to student commitment, staff expertise and support from parents,” she said. “The summer’s excellent results overall for GCSE and A Level have been a superb finale to Rastrick High School’s Silver Jubilee year.”

It was a similar story at Brighouse High with 62 per cent of its pupils achieving the benchmark five A*-C grades including English and maths and 90 per cent achieving five good GCSE passes.

Head teacher Liz Cresswell said: “It is fantastic that in the school’s 25th year we have achieved such outstanding results. The pupils and staff have worked extremely hard and thoroughly deserve this success.”

Record figures were also being celebrated at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School. Head teacher Anthony Smith said it was thanks to the hard work of students, parents and staff, that 83 per cent of its students achieved five or more A*-C grades at GCSE.

“We wish all of our students every success for the future and look forward to welcoming more students than ever before to our sixth form,” he said.

Pupils at Hipperholme Grammar School were celebrating their success, as the school achieved a 99 per cent pass rate. Results show that 54 per cent of students achieved an A* or A grade and 81 per cent of candidates received five A*-C grades.

Headmaster Dr John Scarth said he was delighted with the excellent results. “Our students have worked extremely hard and thoroughly deserve their outstanding results,” he said. “It is very pleasing that many of them have chosen to continue their education in our Sixth Form and benefit from our academic scholarships. I wish each and every one of them a happy and successful future.”

Jenny Roundtree and Harriet Crossland gained straight As in all subjects at Hipperholme.

Harriet, of Greetland, achieved three A* grades and eight A grades which she was delighted with after doing better than she expected.

And Jenny of Heptenstall was extremely happy with her six A* grades and four A grades. “I was really nervous before I came to collect them. But I have done well,” she said.

Also notable for their success were Martha Brazier, Gabrielle Capone, Matilda Devey and Aaron-James Randawa. Further A* and A grades were gained by Elizabeth Bell, Taneil Durman, Alistair Gavin, Liam Mooney and Samuel Ruhkala.

Lizzie Bell, of Queensbury, was delighted with her top-scoring results and intends to stay on at the sixth form. And Emily Pawson, of Lightcliffe, was celebrating after achieving four A grades.

Chris Vaughan, of Rastrick, who has found studying very challenging with a severe visual impairment was really pleased with his results and felt he had achieved the best he could. “Passing these has given me the confidence to carry on,” he said.

Hipperholme’s youngest achievers were James Brown in Year 10, who was successful with an A in English Literature and Rosy Armitage also in Year 10 with a C in English Literature.

And Year 7 pupil Francesca Shaw had an amazing achievement passing her English Literature with a C.

For full coverage of the GCSE results see the Brighouse Echo 01-09-11