Pass rates soaring

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FLEETWOOD schools are celebrating a successful year as GCSE pass rates soared across the board.

In a year which saw many schools dip in the pass rates they achieved – both Fleetwood High and Cardinal Allen have smashed all school records.

At Fleetwood High, the school’s maths and English score has shot up a jaw dropping 13 percentage points.

This means an impressive 47 per cent of students left with the important qualifications and a massive increase in their overall pass rate saw 88 per cent leave with five good grades.

But the amazing results have not been easily achieved according to delighted deputy headteacher Helen Lees.

She said: “Our staff have put in a tremendous amount of work and it’s fantastic to see their efforts have been rewarded.

“It is a record year and by far the best we’ve had.

“For the last seven years we have been improving year-on-year and this year it’s fantastic we have broken records again.

“I have not come across a child who has been in tears or disappointed with their results – they have all been really happy.”

Elvin Lee, from Larkholme Parade, Fleetwood, was smiling widely after he picked up five A*s six As, and one C.

He said: “I have high expectations and expect to meet them and I think I’ve done that today.

“I put a lot of effort and elbow grease into my exams so I’m glad I have achieved this.”

Cardinal Allen also had plenty to celebrate after students studied their way to shining academic success.

The amount of pupils passing at least five exams, including in English and maths, have risen from 57 per cent to 62.

And there was good news on the overall pass score too, this year, 84 per cent of pupils left the Melbourne Avenue school with at least five good grades, this is up from 77 per cent last year.

Headteacher Phil Mooney said: “Cardinal Allen students have demonstrated that when you are happy, motivated, enjoy school and work hard it is possible to achieve outstanding results.

“Evidence from the news shows it’s not just important to develop young people with good grades, but it’s also important to develop citizens who can make a contribution to our country.

“I’m very proud of the rounded young men and women who leave this year and wish them every success in the future.”