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Pupils celebrate as GCSE passes rise in Knowsley

High achieving All Saints Catholic High School pupils celebrate their results with Cllr Joan Lilly (bottom row, middle) and Head Teacher Tony McGuinnes (top left)

Students in Knowsley are celebrating this morning after pass rates increased in the borough.

The number of Knowsley pupils getting a good pass in both English and Maths is up by 7%, according to provisional figures released today.

With a new scoring system in place from this year, attention is now focused on pupil’s performance in these two core subjects – specifically the number of pupils who manage a Grade 4 or above in both English and Maths.

Across the borough this year, 46.6% of students achieved Grade 4 or above in both English and Maths, compared to 39.6% achieving the equivalent (Grade C or above in both English and Maths) last year.

All Saints Catholic High School in Kirkby saw the biggest increase in its performance – up an incredible 22.7% on last year with 51.7% of its pupils gaining good passes in both English and Maths. It follows a very positive Ofsted inspection for the school in July last year, which saw its ‘special measures’ tag removed and praise heaped up on the effective leadership and management at the school.

That strong leadership and management has been shown once again with the very strong GCSE performance this year.

Cllr Joan Lilly, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “It’s fantastic to see GCSE passes on the rise across the borough.

“I know that All Saints Catholic High School have worked tirelessly all year to raise standards, particularly in English and Maths. They have been well supported by the council, and also worked very successfully in partnership with Halewood Academy – and the results of this approach are clear for all to see today.”

St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School in Whiston are also celebrating a rise in their results – with 56.1% of pupils gaining good English and Maths passes – up 6% on their equivalent results last year.

Meanwhile, Lord Derby Academy in Huyton, part of The Dean Trust, saw an incredible 11.1% increase (up to 51.1%) in the number of students gaining a Grade 4 or above in both subjects. In fact, the school saw rises across 17 different subject areas this year, including history, computer science and technology.

Cllr Lilly continued: “Congratulations to all the pupils, teachers, staff and parents on a brilliant set of results.

“As well as All Saints and St Edmund Arrowsmith, it’s great to see our academy trusts, The Rowan Trust, The Dean Trust and Wade Deacon Trust, all reporting fantastic rises this year too.”

“It all means that more Knowsley pupils than ever are getting good passes which will stand them in good stead for the future.”

All Saints Catholic High pupils opening their results this morning

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