GCSE results among most improved

Standish high flyers
Standish high flyers

WIGAN’S centres of learning had one of the most improved set of exam results in the country this year, figures have revealed.

An unprecedented level of high GCSE grades for local students has seen the borough’s schools and academies ranked fourth most improved in England, topping the North West table by a considerable margin.

The percentage of students achieving five or more A* to C grades including English and maths increased from 57.1 to 63.8, a rise of 6.7, that was only beaten by the Isles of Scilly (18), Greenwich (7.5) and Sunderland (7.1).

Hawkley Hall, Orrell St Peter’s and Standish High Schools shared the top spot within the borough this year with 84 per cent of students attaining five or more higher grades.

Standish headteacher Lynne Fox, said: “This is a triumph for the young people of Wigan who have so obviously embraced achieving their best.

“As headteachers we work very closely with the local authority to make the best use of our areas of expertise throughout the borough to provide school to school support where possible and clearly this strategy is paying off.

“We are delighted that our students did phenomenally well in so many areas and that overall all the students in Wigan had excellent achievements.”

The only other authorities in the North West to register a significant improvement were Trafford and Halton, both with a 2.4 per cent point increase.

In terms of the highest percentage of children gaining five or more top grades, Wigan ranked fourth behind Trafford, Wirral and Stockport.

One school that made a significant contribution to the borough’s improved results was Golborne High School, which saw its rate of high achievers vault from 41 to 62 per cent in 12 months.

Headteacher, David Lythgoe, said: “Here in Wigan we have quite a small local authority and the way all the schools in our area work together, supporting and helping each other, is a good system.

“It’s no surprise to me that Wigan has done so well. In terms of our results, it was a culmination of lots of initiatives we had put in place and we have set ourselves high standards across the borough to try to stay at the top.”