GCSE Records shattered

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RECORDS were shattered and celebrations loud and long as thousands of Wigan teens got their GCSE results today.

The majority of secondary schools in the borough saw the number of pupils gaining five or more higher grades increase.

The most astonishing story continues to be Hawkley Hall High School. Just four years ago a modest 38 per cent of students left with five or more A* to C grades (including English and maths).

Of this year’s crop a massive 73 per cent managed that feat - putting the school second in the provisional league table based on such criteria, behind only St Peter’s High. The Orrell school saw its first slight dip in results for the first time in many a year, but the 74.33 it posted (compared with 76 last year) kept it ahead of the field.

There were mixed emotions at Pembec. The school posted its best ever results but closes its doors for the last time as a high school on August 31. Chairman of the governors Adrian Hardy said: “We’ve certainly gone out with a bang.”

For more GCSE stories and results see Friday’s Wigan Evening Post and this coming Tuesday’s Wigan Observer ...