Hyndburn students woke up 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.

Schools boss praises pupils for GCSE results

Pupils in Lancashire have once again performed well and chalked up some impressive GCSE results.

Despite the significant changes that have been made to the examinations system and, in particular, to the way in which English and maths have been tested this year, provisional results from schools show that around 64% of students have achieved Grade 4 or above in both English and maths. Grade 4 is roughly equivalent to a C grade in previous years.

County Councillor Susie Charles, Lancashire County Council Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, said: “I hope that our students are justifiably proud of themselves. These results are the reward for a great deal of hard work by students and their teachers to meet the demands of the more challenging requirements of this year’s GCSE exams.

“The exams are different this year, to the extent that the regulator has said that it is not even possible to compare this year’s to previous results. Although it also isn’t possible to make a proper comparison with national statistics at this stage until they are released in October, I’m proud to say that the number of our students achieving good grades can only be seen as being very positive.

“The results show that standards remain genuinely high in our schools despite the widespread changes in marking and the curriculum.

“Since I became cabinet member I’ve been constantly impressed by what I see in our schools. I’m so proud of our families, teachers and school staff who have worked very hard to support our pupils.

“I’d also like to congratulate and to thank our students themselves for all their hard work. These results are a credit to them and are a great achievement.”

Full Mount Carmel GSCE results released

F Ahmed 6(5), 3(2); J Ahmed 6(6), 3(3); K Ahmed 6(0), 3(1); M Ahmed 6(4), 3(3); N Ahmed 5(3), 3(3); S Ahmed 6(4), 3(3); M Akeel 6(3), 3(2); A Akhtar 5(2), 3(3); T Akhtar 6(2), 3(2); S Akhter 5(3), 3(3); T Alam 6 (4), 3(2); H Ali 6(2), 3(2); H Ali 5(0), 3(0); M Ali 6(3), 3(3); S Ali 6(6), 3(3); Z Ali 6(2), 3(3); C Altimas 5(0), 3(0); A Arif 6(4), 3(2); I Arif 6(5), 3(2); M Ayub 6(6), 3(3); R Ayub 4(0), 3(0); Q Baig 4(0), 3(0); K Bates 6(5), 3(3); E Beardsworth 6(6), 3(2); K Begum 6(3), 3(2); H Bi 4(0), 3(0); S Brierley 6(0), 3(1); K Burton 6(4), 3(3); L Carroll 6(1), 3(2); M Chadwick 5(0), 3(2); E Chamberlain 5(0), 3(0); A Chaudhry 6(6), 3(3); M Choglay 4(2), 3(0); M Choudry 5(0), 3(0); R Chowdhury 6(5), 3(3); F Clayton 6(5),3 (3); J Clayton 6(6), 3(3); M Cooper 6(5), 3(1); I Crawshaw 4(1), 3(0); C Crowson 6(1), 3(0); M Dobson 6(1), 3(0); A Domokos 4(2), 3(2); C Domokos 4(0), 3(0); B Dunn 2(0), 2(0); C Dunn 6(5), 3(3); A Eadon 6(5), 3(3); C Eadon 6(6),3(3); D Eccles 6(6), 3(2); T Edmundson 6(4), 3(2); C Evans 6(6), 3(3); M Fareed 0(0), 0(0); C Farmer 6(0), 3(1); L Farrington 6(2),3(2); A Fatima 6(1), 3(2); A Fatima 6(3), 3 (2); A Feathers 6(3), 3(2); M Fielding 5(4), 3(2); F Fitzharris 6(4), 3(3); A George 6(3), 3(1); K George 2(0), 0(0); P Gilfoyle 6(4), 3(3); T Glaister 6(4), 3(2); T Gosieniecki 6(2), 3(1); D Grasso 6 (6), 3(3); K Greenfield 5(2), 3(3); C Gudgeon 5(0), 3(1); M Hamza 6(6), 3(3); C Hesketh 1(0), 3(0); J Higham 6(4), 3(3); J Howard 4(1),3(0); L Howorth 6(4), 3(3); A Hussain 6(3), 3(2); A Hussain 6(6), 3(3); A Hussain 6(3), 3(2); A Hussain 6(5),3(2); A Hussain 6(4), 3(2); D Hussain 5(1), 3(2); S Hussain 6(5), 3(0); S Hussain 2(0), 3(0); S Ilaria 6(1), 3(1); D Iqbal 4(0), 3(0); N Iqbal 6(4), 3(3); S Javed 6(4), 3(2); N Kay 6(6), 3(3); N Kershaw 5(4), 3(3); D Khan 3(0), 2(0); T Kilbride 5(0),3(1); M Kimak 6(6), 3(3); M Kinsley 6(4), 3(1); T Lavelle 6(4), 3(3); O Lo-Giudice 6(6), 3(3); J Love 1(0), 3(0); E Mahmood 2(0), 3(0); M Mahmood 6(3), 3(3); Z Mahmood 6(6), 3(2); M Majcher 7(5), 3(3); P McCaffrey 6(2), 3(1); C McKibbin 6(2), 3(3); C McWilton-Street 6(2), 3(2); A Milczanowski 7(4), 3(2); L Millen 6(5), 3(2); A Morris 6(3), 3(1); M Mumtaz 6(2), 3(1); T Murrell 6(1), 3(2); M Napora 6(1), 3(0); B Nasar 6(6), 3(3); H Nawaz 0, 0(0); S Nazir 6(1), 3(2); S O’Donnell 6(6), 3(3); C Odudu 6(4), 3(2); R Padden 5(3), 3(3); J Parker 6(1), 3(1); S Parveen 6(6), 3(3); S Poole 6(6), 3(3); H Price 6(6), 3(3); P Procter 6(5), 3(3); Z Rafiq 4(0), 2(0); S Ray 6(6), 3(3); H Raza 6(6), 3(3); M Raza 6(1), 3(2); J Reid 6(0), 3(3); B Riley 5(0), 3(0); A Robinson 6(1), 3(1); A Robinson 6(6), 3(3); M Robinson 5(5), 3(2); G Sadiku 5(5), 3(3); S Saeed 6(2), 3(2); A Sajed 6(6), 3(3); S Shiraz 6(1), 3(1); A Siddique 7(7), 3(3); E Singleton 4(0), 3(0); A Smith 6(3),3(1); S Stuart-Rourke 6(6), 3(3); M Syed 6(6), 3(3); M Syed 6(5), 3(3); S Syed 6(6), 3(3); L Verity 4(0), 3(0); A Walasek 6(3), 3(3); R Waqar 6(6), 3(3); N Weatherburn 6(6), 3(3); C Whitburn 3(0), 3(1); A Whittaker-Smith 4(0), 3(0); B Wisniowski 7(7), 3(3); B Yates 3(0),3(0); S Yousaf 6(6), 3(3); H Zafar 6(5), 3(3); M Zaheer 6(1), 3(2); S Zahoor 4(0), 3(0); A Zahra 7(7), 3(3)

9s for these talented Hollins students

Megan Adshead.
Megan Adshead.

Megan Adshead, 16, from Oswaldtwistle, achieved a 9 in English language and four As.

She said: “I just cried when I saw that I got a 9. I thought I was going to struggle with English so that was a bit of a surprise.

“I’m really pleased with my results overall and they were better than I was expecting.”

Megan will now study A levels in media, photography, European history and geography at Runshaw College.

Top performing boy student Coby Bolton.
Top performing boy student Coby Bolton.

Coby Bolton, 16, from Accrington, was the top performing male student at Hollins.

He said: “I was one of only three in school to get a 9 and the only one to get a 9 in English literature.

“I did not expect this in the slightest to be honest. I came in today thinking ‘right, that’s what you’ve got, deal with it and if you fail you fail’.

“When I was opening the results all my teachers were looking at me smiling. I thought they were setting me up.

“Ever since I started the GCSe exams I thought I had failed.”

Coby will now study A Levels in sociology, psychology, law and English and Burnley College.

A*s for Hollins pupils Mollie-Jane and Awais

Hollins Technology College Accrington GCSE Results Day 2017. Mollie-Jane Downham.
Hollins Technology College Accrington GCSE Results Day 2017. Mollie-Jane Downham.

Mollie-Jane Downham, 16, achieved A*s in religious studies and food technology and three As.

She will now study A Levels in history, geography and English language at St Christopher’s High School.

She said: “They are better results that I expected. I’m really happy with my French result as it’s higher than I was predicted. They were difficult exams, particularly maths.”

Awais Ali.
Awais Ali.

Awais Ali, 16, from Clayton-le-Moors, achieved an A* and four As and will now study government and politics and patisserie and confectionery at Blackburn College.

He said: “I’m just relieved that I passed maths. The results were a lot better than I expected. I also didn’t think I would get an A in science.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here. It’s been really good and we’ve had great support from all the teachers.”

Hollins head 'extremely proud' of pupil's effort

Steve Campbell, headteacher at Hollins Technology College in Accrington
Steve Campbell, headteacher at Hollins Technology College in Accrington

Headteacher Steve Campbell said: “I am immensely proud of the time and effort pupils and staff have put into our success this year. It has been a challenge coming to grips with the new GCSE exams but I could not have asked for more from everyone concerned. We have learnt a lot from the challenges of this year and will ensure we continue to support our pupils as we go forward. I wish all our leavers every success and hope that they have gained the grades they need to go on to their chosen route post-16.”

Hollins Technology College full GCSE results

M Adshead 10(10); Z Ahmed 11(8); R Ajlouni 10(10); E Akhtar 10(1); I Akhtar 9(0); A Ali 8(0); A Ali 10(10); H Ali 10(8); M Ali 10(6); K Ali Nour 7(4); S Ali 8(0); O Allan 10(10); I Allen 10(8); A Ashiq 10(3); A Ashiq 10(10); C Ashworth 10(9); Z Aslam 10(7); S Ayub 10(10); N Azeem 10(10); S Bailey 10(10); D Baker 10(7); B Balfour 10(9); S Basharat 10(10); B Benbow 10(10); C Berryman 9(1); C Bolton 10(10); O Bolton 10(2); M Bradley 10(4); K Brankin 10(2); K Brooks 10(6); A Cancelliere 10(4); C Catterall 10(10); B Chatburn 10(8); K Chingwaro 10(3); R Choudhury 10(5); A Clarke 10(10); S Clayton 10(1); T Cornthwaite 10(9); T Coupe 10(10); G Cross 10(10); K Cruise 10(4)

K Cunningham 10(8); S Curley 10(6); E Dawson 10(10); C Dixon 10(10); M Dobson 10(9); M Dopierala 11(6); M Downham 10(10); E Farrell 10(7); E Fielding 10(5); F Gardiner 10(7); T Goodman 10(1); G Grenfell 10(8); P Hartley 10(1); J Hartley-Smith 10(9); K Hawkey 10(10); L Hawkey 10(9); O Hindle 10(4); S Hindle 10(10); C Hull 10(10); R Hurst 10(10); A Hussain 10(5); A Hussain 10(9); H Hussain 10(5); H Hussain 10(10); M Hussain 10(2); S Hussain 10(3); Y Hussain 10(9); A Iqbal 10(3); M Iqbal 10(8); N Iqbal 9(1); C Johnstone 9(1); C Johnstone 6(4); M Jones 10(4); H Kauser 10(5); H Khan 11(7); I Khan 10(2); M Khan 8(3); S Khan 9(1); T Khan 10(6); U Khan 9(5); E Kitching 10(5); T Laffy 10(10); D Lewis 10(7); K Ligreci 9(4); J Lochrie 10(10); A Lunt 9(9); H Lyons 10(10); A Malik 10(6); H Mallabourn 10(10); J Marsh 10(10); M Martin 10(9); R Matthews 10(0); S McCallum 10(5); P McEvoy 10(4); C McLoughlin 10(10); E McLoughlin 10(10); L Meecham 10(7); M Mehboob 10(9); J Melia 10(9); M Moden 8(1); E Mohammed 10(8); H Nawaz 10(10); D O’Grady 10(7); S Otley 10(10); T Parkinson-Waugh 10(0); A Phillipson 10(4); S Pickering 10(10); K Pilkington 10(8); S Plummer 10(10); B Polvani 10(10); B Power 10(3); W Qureshi 10(9); B Rafiq 10(1); A Rahman 10(10); A Raza 10(7); N Redfearn 10(6); J Reilly 10(9); J Riley 10(6); S Sadlowski 6(1); S Sahail 10(3); A Shafique 10(6); E Shaw 10(10); M Sheraz 10(3); A Sloan 10(9); A Soltysiak 11(10); L Spencer 10(8); L Spiers 8(1); T Stamp 10(9); K Stephenson 10(6); H Sunderland 10(6); C Sutton 10(3); S Tempest 10(10); C Thompson 10(0); E Thompson 10(10); J Thompson 10(9); H Ticehurst 10(10); A Travis 10(4); A Walsh 10(1); A Watson 10(7); T Wheatcroft 10(10); D Whelan 10(9); J White 9(1); J Wilkinson 10(4); B Williams 10(3); A Woodward 10(3); A Yousaf 10(9); I Zarqa 10(3).

Congratulations to these Hollins Technology College pupils!

Seona Bailey was the top performing female student with a 9 in maths and five A*s.

She said: “I’m very happy and really shocked. I started crying when I found out that I got a 9.

“I was hoping to get 7s so to get a 9 is the best thing I could imagine.

“They were really hard exams and maths was really difficult with questions that I didn’t expect.

“I’ve been very anxious over the last week.”

Seona, 16, from Accrington, will now study maths, chemistry, biology and physics and St Christopher’s High School in Accrington.

Top performing girl student Seona Bailey.
Top performing girl student Seona Bailey.

Jennifer Lochrie, 16, from Hapton, achieved three 7s, A*s in religious education and food technology, three As and a C.

She said: “I’m very happy and proud to be one of the top five pupils in the year.

“It’s been a really nervous time. I’ve just put it to the back of my mind.

“Some of the exams were tough, especially English where we had to learn 18 poems and two novels.

“I certainly didn’t think I would do as well as I did in English and maths.”

Jennifer will now study A Levels at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School.

Jennifer Lochrie.
Jennifer Lochrie.

St Christopher's thoughts with Year 11 pupil Megan Lee who died after an allergic reaction on New Year's Day

St Christopher’s headteacher Richard Jones said: “In the celebration of all our pupils and their great results today we also wish to remember the parents and family of Year 11 pupil, Megan Lee, who sadly passed away earlier this year. All her friends and teachers are thinking of her today.”

Megan Lee, 15, from Oswaldtwistle, who was a pupil at St Christopher's High School in Accrington.
Megan Lee, 15, from Oswaldtwistle, who was a pupil at St Christopher's High School in Accrington.

St Christopher's High School full GCSE results released

B Ainsworth 10 (10); D Allen 9 (10); J Altham 9 (10); D Anderson 10 (10); F Anderson 8 (9); G Ashworth 6 (10); L Ashworth 6 (9); E Bancroft 11 (11); E Barker 7 (10); L Barker 9 (10); R Barnes 7 (10); M Barrientos-Watt 6 (10); N Barry 3 (10); E Beech 6 (10); D Berry 11 (11); E Berry-Martland 9 (9); T Birchall 10 (10); B Bleasdale 2 (9); H Bleasdale 6 (10); E Blezard 7 (10); K Bolton 10 (10); K Bowling 9 (10); K Bracegirdle 11 (11); O Braysford 9 (10); T Breaks 10 (10); J Breare 9 (10); C Brown 7 (10); M Brown 1 (10); R Bryce 10 (10); D Buksh 10 (10); M Burnie 4 (9); I Burrows 10 (10); J Burrows 6 (10); D Callaghan 11 (11); O Camb 0 (9); L Carney 10 (10); M Casper 10 (10); D Cavannagh 10 (10); P Charnley 8 (10); J Chippendale 9 (10); E Clegg 10 (10); J Collins 9 (10); Z Collins 9 (10); B Corbett 4 (9); R Crabtree 7 (9); E Crawshaw 10 (10); M Cryer 9 (10); K Cullen 1 (9); J Dale 10 (10); C Daniels 9 (10); A Darbyshire 3 (9); C Dickinson 2 (9); G Dobbs 9 (9); L Domanski-Wardell 8 (10); S Donovan 10 (10); M Dooley 10 (10); A Draisey 10 (10); B Drake 9 (10); A Drury 10 (10); D Du Toit 10 (10); M Duckworth 10 (10); L Duxbury 10 (10); E Eastham 8 (10); C Eggar 0 (10); R Enderwitz 10 (10); O Entwistle 10 (10); K Essery 3 (10); J Farmer 10 (10); J Fort 10 (10); C Gadd 10 (10); M Gadd 11 (11); E Garaghty 1 (10); S Garaghty 8 (10); M Gardiner 3 (9); N Gaston 5 (10); D Goff 8 (10); T Goff 10 (10); J Green 0 (8); A Greenhalgh 10 (10); C Greenhalgh 7 (10); B Griffin 8 (10); E Hackett 10 (10); L Hammond 8 (10); M Hargreaves 5 (9); S Hargreaves 10 (10); O Haworth 1 (10); M Hays 9 (10); E Hobson 10 (10); L Hodges 10 (10); S Holden 9 (10); E Holgate 8 (9); D Holmes 4 (10); A Hope 10 (10); D Houghton 10 (10); M Houldsworth 5 (10); T Houlker 5 (9); A Howard 7 (9); Z Howarth 10 (10); R Hubberstey 3 (10); J Hunka 6 (10); I Hunt 9 (10); S Hunt 8 (10); D Hunter 10 (10); M Ingham 10 (10); G Irvine 4 (10); O Isherwood 10 (10); A Jennings 9 (10); O Jennings 3 (8); R Jocelyn 10 (10); A Johnson 1 (8); R Kemp 10 (10); L Kenyon 7 (10); R Kirkby 2 (10); A Kirkup 10 (10); C Knowles 9 (10); N Lawrence 11 (11); C Loads 5 (10); A Lund 9 (9); C Mason 2 (10); A Matuszewska 10 (10); L Maxwell 7 (10); N Maxwell 8 (10); F McGrath 8 (10); B McInerney 5 (10); L McKenna 9 (10); T McLeod Cheetham 4 (10); W McMurtrie 10 (10); J Melling 1 (8); R Mellor 9 (10); D Mercer 6 (10); A Methven 3 (9); T Mooney 11 (11); I Moore 10 (10); W Mulligan 10 (10); A Murray 10 (10); F Noblet 9 (9); S Nymoen 2 (9); E O’Carroll 4 (9); B O’Meara 6 (10); S Parker 9 (10); F Peake 10 (10); H Pilkington 10 (10); J Pollard 6 (10); T Pollard 3 (10); H Power 10 (10); D Pullan 1 (9); J Pye 11 (11); J Randall 5 (9); A Rawnsley 9 (10); A Reaney 10 (10); A Riches 7 (9); K Rimmington 8 (10); F Roadway 10 (10); D Robinson 10 (10); S Robinson 9 (10); H Roscoe 10 (10); H Sagar 9 (9); P Sagar 9 (10); E Schofield 5 (10); M Scott-Ninnis 3 (10); I Semwayo 10 (10); A Shepherd 8 (9); D Shoreman 4 (8); A Shovelton 6 (10); A Singleton 3 (9); J Slattery 10 (10); L Slaughter 0 (9); E Smith 10 (10); J Smyth 5 (10); C Staines 7 (10); L Stanfield 9 (10); S Steer 9 (10); S Steer 10 (10); B Stevenson 0 (5); A Stinchon 11 (11); J Stinchon 8 (10); H Tattersall 10 (10); O Tattersall 10 (10); H Taylor 10 (10); J Taylor 9 (10); M Taylor 10 (10); N Taylor 10 (10); T Taylor 9 (10); C Thorpe 11 (11); A Townson 10 (10); J Turner 2 (9); H Van Geffen 7 (10); O Vozzolo 10 (10); L Wainman 4 (10); M Waite 10 (10); E Ward 10 (10); J Ward 10 (10); S Waterworth 9 (10); J Wearden 9 (10); J Westwell 10 (10); E White 9 (10); A Whittaker 10 (10); O Whittle 7 (10); E Wignall 9 (9); M Wild 10 (10); M Wildeman 10 (10); L Wilding 11 (11); H Wilkes 10 (10); R Wilson 4 (10); L Woods 8 (9); G Woodworth 9 (10); L Wright 4 (10); E Yazdani 2 (10); L York 9 (10);

Mount Carmel pupils proud of their GCSE results

Chuko Odudu, 16, from Accrington, said he was really proud of his A in drama and will join Burnley College to study A Levels in film studies, media studies and English language.

He said: “I’m really happy with that and also really happy that I passed my English as well.

“I wish I could have done better in my maths but overall I’m really happy with my grades.

“I thought the exams were quite tough this year. I’m glad they lowered the grade boundaries.”

Mount Carmel High School Accrington GCSE Results Day. Chuko Odudu.
Mount Carmel High School Accrington GCSE Results Day. Chuko Odudu.

Paige Procter, 16, from Oswaldtwistle, achieved an A in English language, Bs in English literature, religious education and catering and Cs in maths, science and geography.

She said: “I was never expecting the result in English. I’ve been fine the last few weeks and wasn’t stressed about it but I’m glad it’s now over.”

She will now study A Levels including law and business and Burnley College.

Paige Procter.
Paige Procter.

Danyal Grasso, 16, from Accrington, said he was ‘elated’ with his 7 in English language and 5 in maths.

He said: “I never thought I would pass maths but somehow I did. I literally cried straight after the maths exam.

“Results day has only really hit me this morning. I tried to put it to the back of my mind.”

Danyal will now study A Levels in drama, French and music at Burnley College and hopes to then go on to university.

Danyal Grasso.
Danyal Grasso.

More GCSE success at Mount Carmel

Mount Carmel High School Accrington GCSE Results Day. Head Boy Callum Evans.
Mount Carmel High School Accrington GCSE Results Day. Head Boy Callum Evans.

Head Boy Callum Evans got two 8s in maths and English language, four A*s, an A and a 6 in English literature.

The 16-year-old, from Accrington, will now study biology, chemistry and physics at Nelson and Colne College and hopes to be a vet in the future.

He said: “They are better results than I was expecting, especially in English with an 8 in language and a 6 in literature.

“I didn’t think the exams were too bad overall but I set my expectations low because I didn’t want to be disappointed.

“I’ve not really thought about the exams. I just said to myself that I can’t change anything and just wait and see what I get.”

Olivia Logiudice, 16, from Accrington, was the only student to achieve a 9 in English language and will now go on to Burnley College to study A Levels in English language, English literature and art.

She said: “As soon as I saw that I got a 9 I was so emotional. I broke down crying.

“I was the only one to get a 9 and I didn’t really expect it. I thought I had passed but never thought I would do so well.

“I’ve been trying not to think about this day but it has crept up on me over the last few days.”

Olivia’s mum Caroline said her results are ‘absolutely fabulous’.

She said: “I can’t get over it. I can’t believe it.

“She is the eldest of six and the first one taking GCSEs. I have one each year now after this.

“She really thought she had struggled. Her teachers have been so good with her.

“She is the only person in school to have a 9 in English language which is just amazing.”

Mount Carmel High School Accrington GCSE Results Day.
Mount Carmel High School Accrington GCSE Results Day.

Top 9 grades for these Mount Carmel pupils

Mount Carmel High School Accrington GCSE Results Day. Junaid Ahmed.
Mount Carmel High School Accrington GCSE Results Day. Junaid Ahmed.

Junaid Ahmed, 16, from Accrington, was left ‘speechless’ after achieving a 9 in maths and ‘predominantly A* and As’ in other results.

He said: “The 9 in maths is unbelievable. I’m speechless and an overwhelming experience.

“It’s opened doors to the future. I got predominantly As and A*s which I was expecting but the maths I’m really happy with.”

Junaid will now go on to study A Levels in biology, chemistry and maths at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and then aims to go into medicine.

Mount Carmel High School Accrington GCSE Results Day. Ambar Saddique.
Mount Carmel High School Accrington GCSE Results Day. Ambar Saddique.

Head Girl Ambar Saddique, 16, from Accrington, also achieved a 9 in maths and A*s and As in other subjects.

She will now study A Levels in maths, biology and chemistry at St Mary’s College in Blackburn and also hopes to go into medicine.

She said: “I was really worried over the holidays. I’ve been constantly looking over the different marking schemes to work out the potential highs and lows.

“I’m glad that I’ve done well in the subjects that I want to do at A Level.

“Overall I’m going to miss the school. I’ve had some hard and good times. It’s going to be weird leaving.

“I’m looking forward to focusing on the subjects that I’m really passionate about and to a high level.”

Mount Carmel head praises pupil's achievements

Mount Carmel, Accrington, headteacher Xavier Bowers
Mount Carmel, Accrington, headteacher Xavier Bowers

Mount Carmel headteacher said: “We are delighted to congratulate our hard working and committed class of 2017 on their GCSE examination results and our dedicated staff who have worked so tirelessly to ensure as many pupils as possible achieve the very best results they can. We would also like to thank parents and governors for their continued support.

It is very difficult if not impossible to make direct comparisons with previous years due to the significant difference between the new 9 -1 examinations and the increased rigour in grades associated to the legacy A* - G examinations.

“However, our initial analysis does suggest that our pupils have made significant improvements in their achievement in Maths and in particular English and in a number of other subjects where performance appears strong. This summer sees the first awards of the new grade 9, in GCSE English language, English literature and maths. A Grade 9 is designed to recognise the very highest performing students across the whole of the country (top 2% of pupils in English and the top 3% of pupils in maths).

“We are extremely proud that three of our pupils have achieved the prestigious Grade 9; with Ambar Siddique and Junaid Ahmed achieving Grade 9 in Maths and Olivia Lo–Giudice achieving a Grade 9 in English.”

Accrington Academy celebrating GCSE results

Students and staff at Accrington Academy are today celebrating their GCSE results, with 53% achieving five or more A*-C grades including a 4 or above in both English and maths, up from 45% last year.

Accrington Academy Principal Andy O'Brien.
Accrington Academy Principal Andy O'Brien.

There were additional celebrations for students who achieved the new highest grade 9 in English or maths.

Amongst the top performers were Samiya Iqbal, who achieved a grade 9 in maths and Kelly McDonald, Courtney Jackson, Oliver Hussey, Kyle Holliday and Ellie Barnes, who all achieved grade 9s in English

Andrew O’Brien, Executive Principal of Accrington Academy, said: “I am very pleased that we have continued our improvement at GCSE and that, in doing so, many more of our students will now be able to join our Sixth Form and continue to enjoy their education here. I am particularly impressed by the performance of those students who have achieved the new grade 9 in English or maths”.

Grade 9 success for these happy students

These pupils at Mount Carmel are celebrating getting the new top ‘9’ grade.

Here's the full breakdown of all Rhyddings School's GCSE results

Ammaar-Faiz Ahmed 8(5), 3(3); Asfandyar Ahmed 9(7), 3; I Ahmed 8(1), 3; J Ainsworth 6(1), 3; M Akbar 7(2), 3; H Akram 9(6), 3(2); H Alaeddin 9(4), 3(3); H Ali 5, 3; U Ali 7, 3; A Ashton 6, 3; T Ashton 9(5), 3(1); S Asif 7(2), 3; D Ayres 9(8), 3(3); I Balbin Larner 4(1), 3; E Berry 9(9), 3(3); Z Bi 9(4), 3; K Bradley 9(5), 3(3); J Bradshaw 8(5), 3(3); D Brady 8(1), 3; L Brooks 8(4), 3(1); A Capstick 9(8), 3(2); D Catterall 9(2), 3(1); E Chadwick 8(6), 3(2); D Clemson 10(10), 3(3); P Cooper 6(2), 3; W Cryer 8(5), 3; M Cryne 9(6), 3(1); C Davers 6, 3(3); E Davey 9(8), 3(3); N Davis 8(1), 3; S Davis 9(5), 3(3); A Devine 6, 3; W Dobson 10(5), 3(1); A Dunstan 10(7), 3(3); I Edwards 9(5), 3(3); G Ellis 9(9), 3(3); L Ellis 9(1), 3; C Everson 7(3), 3(2); A Gargan 9(8), 3(3); E Gordon 9(8), 3(3); M Gowers 9(5), 3(3); A Harris 9(2), 3; J Haworth 10(10), 3(3); M Herne 9(9), 3(3); L Hilton 9(8), 3(2); C Hitchen 9(3), 3(1); G Holt 10(8), 3(3); A Houghton 9(6), 3(3); A Hussain 9(8), 3(2); S Imran 9(8), 3(3); M Iqbal 10(7), 3(3); E Jackson 9(4), 3; J Johnson 8(3), 3(2); T Jones 10(9), 3(3); A Kerkhi 9(8), 3(3); L Kershaw 9(5), 3(2); A Khalid 8(3), 3(1); A Khan 8(5), 3(3); H Khan 9(1), 3(1); J Khan 8(4), 3(1); L Khan 9(4), 3(1); P Kirkbright 9(4), 3(3); A Kirwan 8(1), 3; L Lord 9(4), 3; M Lowe 6(2), 3; T Mackey 1, 1; I Mahmood 8(5), 3(1); M Mahmood 8(1), 3; S Maqsood 9(8), 3(3); B Mccabe 9(5), 3(3); B Mcgarry 9(2), 3; Z Mehmood 9(9), 3(3); D Moragues 8(3), 3(1); C Morton 9(9), 3(3); C Neil 7(1), 3; P O’Hare 9(6), 3(3); K Packer 4(1), 3; D Page-Middlehurst 6, 3; P Patel 9(8), 3(2); J Piper 5(1), 3; K Procter 8(2), 3(1); A Roberts 9(5), 3(2); H Salim 9(9), 3(3); C Sharples 9(4), 3(2); E Shaw 6, 3; D Simpson 9(7), 3(3); J Slater 9(8), 3(3); E Sowerbutts 7(2), 3(1); K Stephenson 9(1), 3(1); L Stirzaker 9(7), 3(3); R Sulemange 5, 3; H Tariq 9(9), 3(3); A Taylor 9(2), 3; C Walmsley 6(1), 3; C Wilkinson 9(4), 3(2); L Wright 8(3), 3; S Zaman 9(4), 3(1).

Results explained: First set of numbers = total number of A*-E passes with A*-C grades in brackets.

Second set of numbers = total number of new 9-1 grades with grades 1-4 in brackets.

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Hollins Technology College celebrating 'pleasing' results today

Pupils, staff and parents were celebrating pleasing GCSE results today at The Hollins.

With pupils having sat new GCSE examinations in English, English literature and maths there was heightened interest in how they would perform. The school said that pleasingly, 56% of pupils achieved a standard pass (grade 4 or above) in both English and maths. Individually there were some excellent performances with Seona Bailey achieving an 8 in English, 6 in English literature, the new top grade of 9 in maths plus five other A*s, one A and a B. Megan Adshead achieved the top grade 9 in English with 7s in literature and maths.

She also gained four As, two Bs and a C. Coby Bolton was the highest performing boy gaining the top grade 9 in English literature as well as an 8 in English and a 7 in maths. Five grade As, a B and a Level 2 Merit completed his results. Jennifer Lochrie gained three 7s in the new GCSEs as well as two A*s, four As and a C, and Aminah Rahman got a 6 and 8 in English and English literature, 7 in maths, two A*s, three As and two Bs. Mollie-Jane Downham, Hollie Ticehurst and Awais Ali should also be congratulated on their excellent grades.

St Christopher's 'delighted' with this year's GCSE results

An Accrington headteacher has said his school’s pupils have exceeded expectations, despite “considerable national uncertainty” as a result of new tougher exams.

Headteacher Richard Jones
Headteacher Richard Jones

St Christopher’s headmaster Richard Jones said: “I am delighted with this year’s excellent set of GCSE results. At a time of considerable national uncertainty regarding the introduction of more rigorous and challenging GCSEs I am thrilled that our pupils have surpassed our high expectations.“Pupil attainment has been strong in all subject areas, especially in English and mathematics.

“I am delighted that over 90 per cent of the year group gained a good pass in English and over 80 per cent in maths.”

Mr Jones said that - taken together - the performance of the class of 2017 represents some of the best results in the school’s history and saluted the joint efforts of pupils and staff.

He added: “Our pupils deserve all the praise and acclaim that they will receive and I wish them well, from the ten who achieved a clean sweep of A and A* grades to those who made great progress and overcame challenging circumstances. They are a wonderful group of well-rounded young people. I am thrilled that so many have chosen to continue their studies with us in the sixth form.

“I also want to highlight the dedication and expertise of our talented teachers who have guided and nurtured them through their time at the school and to thank our parents for their unstinting support. These results help to reinforce St Christopher’s long standing reputation for academic excellence.”

Reporter at Hollins for results

Our reporter on the ground Jon Macpherson is at Hollins Technology College this morning to get all the reaction to this year’s GCSE results.

New GCSE grades explained

This year some GCSEs will be graded numerically rather than in the usual A*-C format.

The current letters marking system is being ditched in favour of numbered grades as part of Government reforms.

Maths and English results will be graded with a new scale from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade.

For now, all other subjects will still be graded from A* to G.

The new GCSEs are designed to be harder with new grading system is a way of signalling the exams have been reformed.

The government says the new 9 to 1 grades are be a better way to differentiate between students of different abilities.

Good morning and good luck!

Good morning and welcome to the Accrington Observer GCSE Results Day live blog.

We’ll be bringing you all the latest from schools across the borough as pupils collect their results this morning.

You’ll also be able to find advice on what to do if your exams didn’t go to plan, or you’re unsure about the next step.

We’d love to hear about your successes and of course see some of your best ‘jumping for joy’ shots.

Please get in touch with your stories by emailing accringtonobserver@menmedia.co.uk

Good luck everyone!