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Kirkby High pupils celebrate as they pick up their GCSE results

GCSE results day in Knowsley

by Gemma Melling

Students in Knowsley are celebrating after collecting GCSE results today.

At Lord Derby academy, pupils secured a 9% point increase on last year’s results, whilst at Kirkby High there was a 3% point rise.

Cllr Harvey with Lord Derby Academy pupil Charlie, who achieved seven 9s and two 8s at GCSE

Cllr Harvey with Lord Derby Academy pupil Charlie, who achieved seven 9s and two 8s at GCSE

At Lord Derby Academy, the school was celebrating the highest proportion of pupils achieving top grades in the school’s history. One student, Charlie, achieved an incredible seven Grade 9s and two Grade 8s, making him one of the highest performers in the country. He now plans to study Maths, Physics, Chemistry and French.

Lord Derby Academy students collect GCSE results

Lord Derby Academy students celebrate their results

Vicky Gowan, head teacher at Lord Derby Academy, said: “I am delighted that the GCSE results at Lord Derby Academy reflect the hard work, dedication and ambition of our pupils and the entire school community.”

Lord Derby Academy students collect GCSE results with head teacher Vicky Gowan

Some of the high achieving Lord Derby Academy pupils with head teacher Vicky Gowan

St Edmund Arrowsmith in Whiston was also celebrating an increase in performance with the number of pupils gaining a Grade 4 and above in both English and Maths rising 1.5% points.

Kirkby High pupil Ella Rogan collects her GCSE results, with Cllr Sean Donnelly and head teacher Rochelle Conefrey.

At Halewood Academy high achievers included Katy Allen, who recently won the Outstanding Achievement award at the Knowsley Education Awards. Katy achieved an outstanding result with three Grade 9s (in Biology, Chemistry and Physics), and six Grade 8s. Matthew Jennings, Bethany Biggins, Megan Doughty, Reece Brown and Karlie-Anne Bisset also secured a high number of top grades.

Kirkby High school pupils Ellen Murry, Poppy Cowell, Nathan Fractor, Abbie Proctor, Stuart Taylor, Suzie Hingham all pictured on GCSE results day 2019.

At St Edmund Arrowsmith, Head Girl Jane Sanji achieved five Grade 9’s, whilst Head Boy Matthew Johnson acheived three Grade 9s. Mollie Burke also acheived three Grade 9’s – making them all among the best in the country.

And there were also several pupils who achieved nine GCSE passes at Grade 6 or above: Emma Cropper, Katelyn Boon, Jack Hale, John Paul Spencer, Abigail Swift, Ella Thompson, and Abigail Yates. Congratulations to them all!

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: “My congratulations to all those pupils picking up their GCSE results today.

“It is really encouraging to see that there are some fantastic success stories to celebrate across Knowsley today, with schools like Lord Derby academy seeing a significant rise in performance across the board.

Kirkby High pupils celebrate as they pick up their GCSE results

Libbie & Debbie Bailey pictured with Cllr Sean Donnelly on GCSE results day 2019.

“We know that there is still work to do across the borough to ensure that all pupils get the grades they are capable of achieving. Everyone involved in education in Knowsley is fully focused on this and the council will continue to work with all secondary schools to ensure the high standards we demand are met as rapidly as possible.”

Lord Derby Academy students collect GCSE results

Lord Derby Academy students celebrate their results.