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Lord Derby Academy student opens GCSE results

Knowsley’s Class of 2021 collect GCSE results

by Gemma Melling

Students across Knowsley have been picking up their GCSE results today.

Results day came earlier than usual after another year of disrupted study for pupils.

For a second year, pupils did not sit exams and instead their grades were based on teacher assessments. The marks awarded have been decided with careful consideration of each child’s coursework, portfolios, homework and mock exams.

And there were plenty of students with good reason to be happy today after learning that their hard work has paid off.

Here’s how schools across Knowsley celebrated their achievements:

Lord Derby Academy, Huyton

Students from Lord Derby Academy gathered to collect their results, with many thrilled to see how they’d done. They were joined by Knowsley Council Leader, Cllr Graham Morgan.

Among those celebrating was Malka (pictured top), who achieved two Grade 9s, six Grade 8s and one Grade 5. She is heading to Carmel College to study biology, chemistry and maths and plans to become a doctor in the future.

Collecting her results, she said: “I am so grateful for the support I received from Lord Derby Academy, my transition here in Year 9 would have been so much more difficult without my teachers. I want to thank my teachers for helping me to get the grades I wanted and encouraging me to always aim high.”

All Saints Catholic High School, Kirkby

It was a family affair at All Saints Catholic High school as parents and relatives came along to help join in the celebrations.

All Saints pupils collect GCSE results
Cllr Harvey talks to pupils and staff at All Saints Catholic High on GCSE results day.
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Students at All Saints Catholic High School, joined by Cllr Margaret Harvey (right) on GCSE results day
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Prescot School

There were lots of happy, smiling faces at The Prescot School! Amongst the highest achievers were Head Girl Libby Allen, Tyla Schmidt, Scarlet Phillips, Daniel Green and Neil Joglekar, who gained an impressive three Grade 9s, twelve Grade 8s, fifteen Grade 7s, seven Grade 6s, five Level 2 Distinction Stars, one Level 2 Distinction and one Level 2 Merit between them.

Amanda Kennedy, Head of School, said: “After another challenging year, we would like to congratulate our amazing and resilient Year 11 pupils who have worked so hard to get these results.

“The class of 2021 were a small year group that made a large impact on school life and I know that all the staff feel very privileged to have worked with such a great group of students.”

Halewood Academy

There were smiles and tears of joy at Halewood Academy as students collected their results.

They shared this experience with Cllr Louise Harbour, Deputy Leader of Knowsley Council, who came to hear about the highs and lows of the year and listened to the personal journeys students had been on to get to this point.

Evie Jo Kenna, who is one of Halewood Academy’s Future Female Leaders was overjoyed with her results. She said: “I have worked so hard, my hard work has paid off.”

Joe Clifton also achieved outstanding results and said he could not believe the results he had achieved. Meanwhile, Courtney Morgan, another Future Female Leader, was ecstatic with her results. She is looking forward to starting college in September.

Interim Principal, Josie Gallagher said “All staff from Halewood Academy have played their part in supporting both students and parents. They are a fantastic team and should feel very proud.  It has been a tough year for all, but together, we got through it.”

Elsewhere in the borough

Schools have been sharing their students’ success and messages of congratulation on Twitter – here’s some of our favourites so far:

Knowsley’s grades continue to improve

The grades awarded by schools have also been checked over by exam boards to ensure their marking methods have been followed. The provisional results indicate there has been an improvement in performance across the borough, particularly in the number of pupils awarded a Grade 4 pass or above in both English and Maths.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: “The class of 2021 have been through an awful lot in the past two years, and today they can hold their heads high having picked up their grades.

“These young people may not have sat the formal end of year exams, but that should in no way diminish their achievements. In fact, they’ve been continually assessed – on homework, coursework and mock exams – so they’ve had to perform consistently well to get these grades, which are well deserved.

“Congratulations to each and every one of them. I wish you all the very best with whatever your next steps will be.”