EDUCATION NEWS

WESTHOLME STUDENTS HEAD TO KENYA
This summer 51 students and six staff from Westholme School spent four weeks in Kenya with Camps International after fundraising for two years to finance the trip. The team worked within the community and completed several projects, including building toilet blocks for a local school, repairing and repainting the floor of a classroom, beach cleaning and flood prevention work. The trip ended with a trek up Mount Kenya.

AKS LYTHAM STUDENTS ACCEPT OFFERS
AKS Lytham students are celebrating an outstanding set of A Level results that build on last year’s already impressive figures. Four students will be continuing their studies at the University of St Andrews. Adam Iredale and Robert Pickersgill, who both achieved three A*s, will be reading mathematics, whilst deputy head girls Bel Walton and Scarlett Reams, who both achieved three A grades, will be studying medicine and chemistry respectively.

TOP RESULTS FOR PGHS
The students at Penwortham Girls’ High School have demonstrated their resilience and determination as they made exceptional progress in overcoming the challenges of the new rigorous examination system, with an average achievement of half a grade higher across all subjects. Over 80 per cent of students achieved standard passes (grade four or higher) in both English and mathematics. There were several individual successes, with 11 students making outstanding progress, achieving on average at least two grades higher than their targets, and almost 50 top grade nines were awarded, recognising so many exceptional achievements across all subjects.

STONYHURST CELEBRATE GCSE SUCCESS
Pupils from Stonyhurst College are celebrating after 57 per cent of GCSE results were awarded in the new top band of grade nine to seven, equivalent to A* to A in the former system. These results are the best on record for the school. The chemistry department saw 90 per cent of students achieve grades nine to seven, whilst modern languages and English celebrated a rate of 75 per cent. Overall, the pass rate of grades nine to four, equivalent to the previous A* to C, is 92.3 per cent. Contributing to these results are some outstanding individual achievements, including Luc Raffray with ten grade nines and Fenella Lamle with seven grade nines and three grade eights.

GCSE CELEBRATIONS AT BOLTON SCHOOL
Pupils at Bolton School Girls’ Division have shown no problems in adapting to the new-style GCSEs and the 9-1 grading system, with almost half of all papers being graded at either eight or nine – the equivalent to what was an A*. 48.2 per cent of papers were given the top two grades and 69 per cent of all marks were equivalent to a grade A in the new system. Pupils in the boys’ division performed equally well, with one in three results graded at eight or nine. It boys’ division 30 per cent of mathematics and 25 per cent of science grades hit the elite nine mark.

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