Pupils in Knowsley have picked up their GCSE results this morning – and this year even more of them are celebrating top marks.
Provisional results out today show that the number of students in Knowsley gaining five GCSEs at grades A* - C, including English and Maths, is up by 2.5% to 43.4% compared to 40.9% last year.
In English, pass rates at A* - C are up 4.8% to 53.9%; while last year’s improvements in Maths were maintained at 54.9%.
Kirkby High School saw results for five passes at grades A* - C (including English and Maths) rise by 8.7% to 43.3%, up from 34.6% last year. Principal Bill Leyland said he was delighted with the results and the additional 30 pupils who gained a C or above in English compared to last year demonstrates the significant impact of the work the school has undertaken.
“I am immensely proud of our Year 11s and wish them every success in the future."
And at Knowsley Park Centre for Learning in Prescot, the number of students gaining 5 A*-C (including English and Maths) rose by 3.2%, with the number of students passing English at grade C or above rising by 5.9% and in Maths by 4.1%.
Raising GCSE attainment is a priority for Knowsley Council and the council is investing £2.2 million into the borough’s secondary school provision to ensure more pupils secure five GCSEs A* to C, including English and maths.
Julie Young, Director of Schools and Educational Attainment in Knowsley, said: “We are committed to raising educational attainment in the borough so to see results rising is very encouraging. There is still work to do but we are confident that we are moving in the right direction.”
“My thanks go to all the teachers and parents who have supported the students, and congratulations to them all.”
Cllr Graham Wright, Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, added: “Our commitment to provide the best possible education for young people in Knowsley remains and we will continue to significantly invest in education to make sure this happens. This gives an excellent platform for the council to achieve its GCSE Pledge over the coming year.
“I wish all our pupils the very best of luck as they move on to the next phase in their education, training or working lives.”
Pictured: Principal of Kirkby Sports College, Bill Leyland, congratulates students including Thomas Wright (front).