'˜A' grades galore at Longridge Towers

Pupils at Longridge Towers School celebrated a strong performance in their GCSE exams with more than a third getting A* or A grades.

Friday, 26th August 2016, 10:19 am
Updated Friday, 26th August 2016, 11:24 am
Shannon Lowrie

They had an overall pass rate of 87% at grades A* - C (2015: 83%); with 37% of the grades at A* and A (2015: 29%).

New headmaster Jonathan Lee said: “I am delighted that pupils have done so well in their GCSE examinations.”

Rebecca Aitken from Coldingham, and Siobhan Bankier from Duddo, led the school’s achievement tables with 11A*s between them and with an A* grade in each of their individual sciences.

Mr Lee, who takes over from Tim Manning, said: “The year on year improvement in GCSE grades over the last five years (and the successful GCE A’ Level results last week) reflects the strength of the staff team at Longridge and, in many ways, is a tribute to the leadership provided by Tim Manning.”

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“The number of grades achieved at A* and A grades, as well as the progression made by all pupils, is particularly impressive for Longridge as a non-selective school with an entirely academic curriculum.”

Pupils achieved 100% GCSE passes (A*-C) in Art, Music, Spanish and French. The performance in the compulsory subjects continues to be significantly higher than the national average with science pass rates (A*-C) improving to 91% and with Mathematics and English pass rates (A*-C) at 86%.

“Our focus is now on supporting pupils through the many changes occurring in GCSE to ensure they continue to succeed,” said Mr Lee.