Accrington students woke up this morning to find out if the months of hard work, revision and exams had paid off as they made their way to schools in the borough to pick up those all important brown envelopes.

Hyndburn schools' GCSE results by pupil

Remember you can find a breakdown of every pupil’s results here.

St Christopher's High School Accrington pupils celebrating their GCSE results success.
St Christopher's High School Accrington pupils celebrating their GCSE results success.

Students at Accrington Academy are celebrating today after receiving their GCSE results

The results come off the back of a successful set of A Levels last week, which saw a rise in the number of top grades gained by the academy’s Year 13s, with 19% of A Level entries awarded A* or A.

Andy O’Brien, Principal of Accrington Academy, said: “I am very pleased for all our students celebrating their results today, which consolidate our increase from last year. There have been some excellent individual successes and I know that every one of them has worked extremely hard to achieve these results.”

Declining pass rate for maths and english resits

Commenting on the decline in the pass rate for students resitting GCSE English and maths, Martin Doel, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “Further education colleges face an ever increasing challenge as more students are re-sitting GCSE English and maths – an increase in entries of approximately 25% in the last year alone.

“The English and maths challenge is compounded by the fact that colleges may be supporting students who are demoralised and disheartened after failing to achieve the necessary grades after 11 years in school.

“It’s important that all young people have a good standard of literacy and numeracy but not everyone can get a grade C at GCSE. Colleges seek to provide the best possible chance for their students to succeed and progress during their studies regardless of their starting point.

“The Government must consider creating a qualification that is more fit-for-purpose in developing English and maths skills that complement technical and professional studies, motivate students and meet the needs of employers, a requirement that was recognised in the recent report by Lord Sainsbury.”

Norden headteacher congratulates pupils on "exceptional GCSE results"

The headteacher of Norden High School and Sports College has congratulated the Year 11 cohort for “exceptional” GCSE results.

The star performer at the Rishton school was Karli Slater, who achieved 10 GCSEs at A* and A.

Headteacher Tim Mitchell said: “On behalf of the Governing Body of Norden High School and Sports College I would like to congratulate our Year 11 students for some exceptional individual and collective examination outcomes.

Read the whole story here.

Norden High School Rishton headteacher Tim Mitchell
Norden High School Rishton headteacher Tim Mitchell

Norden and Hollins full results are now in

Norden Sports College and Hollins Technology College have both revealed their GCSE results for this year.

You can read the full breakdown here.

Mount Carmel full results revealed

Mount Carmel’s full results are now out - read them here.

St Christopher's results now up

You can now read all of the GCSE results from St Christopher’s here on our full round up.

Mum 'happy and proud', says Chloe

Chloe Fennell, 16, from Rawtenstall, got five A*s, three As and two Bs and will now study a BTEC photography course.

Chloe said: “I wasn’t expecting an A* in maths at all. The exams were not as bad as I thought. My mum is really happy and proud too.”

Cora thought she'd failed Maths...but got an A*!

Cora Cook, 16, from Accrington, got four A*s and five As and will now study A Levels at BRGS in Rossendale.

Cora said: “Everybody always thinks they’ve done bad. I’m really proud of all the effort I put in. I’m so happy.

“I’m really pleased with my science result as I want to be a midwife in future. Also my A* in maths as I thought I’d failed.”

Smiles all round at Hollins

You can read all about Hollins’ excellent results here.

Harry to specialise in coding and graphic design

Harry Haworth, 16, from Accrington, got two A*s, four As and three Bs.

Harry will now study a BTEC in coding and graphic design at Burnley College. He said: “I’ll miss the school. I’ve made some good friends.”

"I thought I'd failed most of them!"

Amy Cottrell, 16, from Accrington, got an A* in maths and eight As. She will now study A Levels at Burnley College.

Amy said: “They are way better than I thought. I thought I’d failed most of them. I’m really pleased with my A* as it was a difficult exam.”

"It's been horrible" - Ashleigh's glad the wait is finally over

Ashleigh Broadbent, 16, from Huncoat, got two A*s, four As, two Bs and a C. She will now study at Burnley College.

She said: “They are better than I thought. I wasn’t expecting A*s in RS and maths. I was planning my funeral yesterday. It’s been horrible.”

Hollins celebrating GCSE results

Pupils at The Hollins were celebrating their GCSE results this morning on the back of another set of excellent results at the school. Sixty-five per cent of pupils gained five or more GCSEs at grade C or better including maths and English. This means that all pupils achieved a third of a grade higher across all subjects than expected compared to other pupils nationally.

Headteacher Steve Campbell said: “I am delighted for our wonderful pupils who have worked so hard for their success.

Sana "shocked and surprised" by great GCSE results

Top Hollins student Sana Khan got six A*s and 4 As.

Sana is now going to study A Levels at Accrington Academy. She said: “I didn’t expect to get as many A*s. I’m really shocked and surprised.”

Quick dash to Hollins Technology College

Reporter Jon Macpherson is now bringing all the GCSE results from Hollins Technology College

"Fantastic achievements this year" says Mount Carmel headteacher

Xavier Bowers, headteacher at Mount Carmel, said: “They have been a fantastic cohort and will always be very special to me as they are the cohort that were in Year 7 when I took over here.
“I have seen them grow from children into young adults and they are absolutely fantastic.
“We have got some fantastic achievements this year with the number of children getting 8 A* to C grades improving considerably.
“As always there are a mixture of emotions. Those children that work hard reap the benefits.”

Mount Carmel head Xavier Bowers with GCSE student Michael Brzostek
Mount Carmel head Xavier Bowers with GCSE student Michael Brzostek

Olivia 'buzzing' after surprise result

Olivia Duffy, 16, from Oswaldtwistle, got an A in drama, a B, six Cs and a dance merit.

Olivia will now study A Levels at Burnley College. She said: “I’m absolutely buzzing. I thought I would get a G in French.”

Hard work pays off for Jin Zhu with French A*

Jin Zhu, 16, from Accrington, got 4 A*s, 2 As and a B and will study A Levels at St Christopher’s in Accrington.

Jin said: “I wasn’t expecting an A* in French because the listening exam was really hard.”

Chloe happy with results despite illness

Chloe Fitzpatrick, 16, from Clitheroe, got an A* in drama, distinction star in dance, three Bs a C and a D.

She will now study a performing arts BTEC at Burnley College and is then considering going to drama school.

Chloe said: “I’m very pleased with everything apart from my maths. I’ve been unwell and not been at school much this year so I’m happy.”

Stage beckons for Lily

Lily Ryan, 16, from Oswaldtwistle, got an A* in RE, four Bs and two Cs. She will study performing arts at Preston.

Lily this year played the title role of Annie in the school production. She said: “I’m hoping to be on the stage in future.”

Michal pleased with science A*

Michal Brzostek, 16, from Accrington, got 3 A*s, 2 As and 2 Bs. He will study A Levels at Cardinal Newman in Preston.

He said: “I’m pleased because I’d say they were around what I was expecting. I’m quite happy with my A* in science.

“I thought some exams were quite challenging but I’m glad I got the results I needed. I’m probably going to go to uni after.”

"I wasn’t nervous until last night and I couldn’t sleep”

Aaron Mckean, 16, from Accrington, four Bs in French and catering and five Cs.

He will now study an applied science BTEC at Burnley College and in the future wants to be a paramedic.

Aaron said: “I didn’t expect to pass everything, particularly English as its not my strong suit. I stayed behind after school every day.

“When everyone did six hours I did eight. I’m glad the hard work. Has paid off. I wasn’t nervous until last night and I couldn’t sleep.”

Harry moving on to ICT studies

Harry Darlington, 16, from Accrington, got 2 A*s, 3 Bs and 2 Cs and will study ICT at Blackburn College.

Harry said: “I’m pleased that I passed everything and it’s set me up for what I wanted to do. I’ve made some good friends here. I’ll miss it.”

Unexpected A for Amy

Amy said: “I’m really happy with that. I wasn’t expecting an A in maths. I worked hard for it and did a lot of revision.”

Rhyddings results are in

All of Rhyddings Business and Enterprise Schoolresults have now been released - read them all here.

Girls set to perform better than boys in 2016 GCSEs

Girls are expected to maintain their dominance over boys across the vast majority of subjects.

It is the final time students will be graded in the traditional manner ahead of government reforms and Professor Alan Smithers, director of Buckingham University’s Centre for Education and Employment Research, has carried out an annual analysis of predicted grades.

He said: “The results this year will be very close to what they were last year, but the increase in people repeating maths and English could lower the top grades slightly because these candidates are more likely to be aiming for a C.

“Girls are a long way ahead of boys, doing better in 47 of the 49 subjects and being over 15 percentage points ahead in English.”

Follow every result

You can find out how every pupil and school performed in this years’ GCSEs here

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