IT was a day that will live long in the memory.
Wigan’s schools put in their finest GCSE performances ever with many of them achieving personal bests by an astonishing degree.
Only in several months’ time will the definitive list be available, with some results coming in late and a certain percentage of exams’ being re-marked. So when Orrell St Peter’s says 84.2 per cent of its pupils gained five or more A* to C grades and both Standish and Hawkley Hall lay claim to 84 per cent, it seems rather unfair to place one ahead of the other.
Both put in marvellous performances, Standish bounding up the table from 67 per cent last year, while St Peter’s can lay claim to maintaining its place at the head of the league for the umpteenth year running with a 10 per cent improvement on last year.
It certainly meant that retiring headteacher of St Peter’s, Helen Jerstice, went out on a high.
She said: “It comes down to lovely kids, supportive parents and very hard-working staff and the pupils exceeded our expectations.
“It’s a strange feeling seeing this for the last time but it is very nice to see that they have done so well.”
Standish High’s headteacher Lynne Fox said: “All the tremendous work and commitment have paid off for our fantastic students and I am thrilled for them.
“While our results reflect well on the school, more importantly, they provide students with the opportunity to go on to the next steps in their lives and we wish them all the very best of luck.”
Roy Halford, headteacher of Hawkley Hall High School, said: “We are thrilled that 94 per cent of our Y11 leavers have achieved five or more A* to Cs and 84 per cent 5A* to C including English and maths. This represents a stunning 11 per cent increase on the 2011 result which is an amazing figure in itself.
Other schools which enjoyed large rises in their higher grades percentage included Cansfield at Ashton (from 56 in 2011 to 65 per cent this year); Golborne (an astonishing hike from 41 to 61); Hindley High (from 51 to 67); Rose Bridge (31 to 41); and Westleigh (54 to 63 per cent).
Golborne High’s headteacher David Lythgoe said: “I am delighted that the commitment and hard work of all staff, pupils and parents has been rewarded with this success.
“There has been a fundamental shift over the last five years in standards of academic performance and this is down to the climate for learning and the caring ethos promoted within the school.”