Photos: Ribble Valley students rise to GCSE challenges

Hundreds of pupils across the Ribble Valley have received their GCSE grades today with an overall rise in results - despite changes to the exam system.

Mr Stephen Cox, headteacher of Ribblesdale High School Technology College, Clitheroe, said: “We are delighted with our GCSE exami results this year. Our pupils have achieved a record percentage of 5 A*-C grades (including English and maths).

St Augus results

St Augus results

“The number of A* grades has almost doubled on last year but, most importantly, there are many incredible individual achievements where pupils have obtained exceptional grades. The results are a testament to the hard work of the pupils and commitment of the fantastic staff at Ribblesdale.”

Meanwhile, pupils at St Augustine’s RC High School, celebrated outstanding results in another year filled with success stories.

Headteacher of the Billington school, Mr Michael Wright, said: “The removal of modular exams for GCSEs and reductions in the amount of coursework have provided new challenges for pupils this year, but our students have risen to that challenge with excellent results across the board.

“Their hard work and determination to succeed is evident in the superb results gained, particularly evident in the increase in A* and A grades achieved. These results consolidate the outstanding judgment we received in our Ofsted report this year.

“I would like to congratulate the students on their successes and also thank the teachers and parents for the incredible support that has been available over the last twelve months.”