St Augustine pupils celebrate outstanding results

Top performing students Tom Muldoon and Evie Hurst.
Top performing students Tom Muldoon and Evie Hurst.

Pupils at St Augustine’s RC High School at Billington celebrated outstanding results in another year filled with success stories.

Headteacher Mr Michael Wright said: “Changes to the exam system mean that this year’s results are a combination of new and old GCSE grades.

"The grading system is moving from letters (A*-G) to a numerical nine to one system, with nine being the highest grade. Starting this year with English and maths, all GCSE exams are being overhauled in order to make the new 'reformed GCSEs' more challenging than in the past.

"The content of the courses has been made more difficult, as has the format of the exams. All other subjects will follow suit over the next two years. This means that comparisons with previous years’ results will not be possible until publication of the national performance tables in October.”

Mr Wright added that overall he was extremely pleased with the results.

“In light of the new, tougher regime for GCSEs this year, we are delighted that so many of our pupils achieved excellent results.

"The new system has grade nine as the top grade with approximately 3% of students achieving this nationally and we were very pleased with the number of top grades achieved by our students in maths, English and English Literature.

"The pupils worked extremely hard over their time at St Augustine’s and this is evident in the superb results that have been gained.

"I would like to congratulate the students on their successes and also thank the teachers and parents for the support that has been provided over the years. It was lovely to see so many smiling faces, as well as the tears of relief and joy, as pupils collected their grades.”

Top students included Tom Muldoon who achieved grade nines in maths, English and English Literature as well as five A* grades and an A; Evie Hurst who achieved three grade nines, four A* grades including physics, biology and chemistry and 2 As; Amy Gill who achieved grade nines for her maths and English GCSEs as well as four A* grades and 2 As.

Other high performing students were Alex Bury who achieved six A* grades as well as a grade nine for his maths, Lewis Campbell Smith with three A* grades, three As, two nines and an eight and Abby Mills with five A* grades, an A, two eights and a seven.

In terms of progress from Year Seven the most improved students included Allesandro Barnoswski, Rebecca Bennett, Madison Wyre and Dylan Ross who all achieved excellent results.

For a picture spread and a full list of GCSE results from Ribble Valley schools see next Thursday's Clitheroe Advertiser and Times.