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Pupils at Worden continue to raise the bar!
22/08/2019

The number of high grades confirm the high expectations at Academy@Worden despite national concern regarding the examinations being harder!

Mr Catherall was delighted with a sixfold improvement in the number of top grades achieved by pupils at the academy.

Pupils at Worden have raised their bar in many subjects. Results are above the national average for last year with a pass rate in English of 86%. Maths improved their pass rate, yet again, taking it to 70%. Spanish results saw 100% of pupils passing and drama were also very pleased with 93% passing this year. PE received a pass rate of 80% with science recording 73% and statistics 77%.

Delighted staff, students and parents are celebrating the news that the proportion of pupils achieving a pass in both English and maths, the ‘Basics’ measure, is up on 2018; an impressive 69% it is well above last year’s national average.

Chris Catherall, Headteacher, spoke of his pride in his youngsters and staff as he stated: "With the more demanding, new style GCSEs, now in place, it’s fantastic to see our youngsters so pleased with their grades and reaping the rewards of all their hard work. I am extremely proud and delighted for them. All the hard work and extra effort put in by staff and pupils alike has really paid off. We have improved pupil outcomes yet again and this trend is set to continue. I would like to thank my fantastic staff, governors and parents for all their support during this period of change.”

Many pupils gained outstanding results: Head Girl, Klaudia Witkowska, achieved an impressive two 9s, one grade 8, four grade 7s and three grade 5s. Klaudia’s mum said she was, “Very proud”, of her daughter who is planning to study ‘A’ levels in Spanish, English literature, business studies and PE at Runshaw College.

Tom Smith was extremely pleased with his two 9s, three grade 8s, three grade 7s and one grade 6. Tom was delighted with his results and Dad said, “I am very impressed with the progress Tom has made, they are a credit to him and his teachers”. Tom wants to go to Runshaw to study ‘A’ Levels in maths, physics and business studies.

Daniel Morton, Head Boy, gained two 9s, a Distinction*, two 8s, two grade 7s, one grade 6 and a grade 5. Daniel was very happy and is going on to study BTEC ICT.

Daniel’s twin brother, Ryan Morton, was equally pleased with his grade 8, grade 7, six grade 6s and a grade 5.

Lucy Smith bagged two 8s, three grade 7s, and four grade grade 6s and Melissa-Mae Hill was very happy with her grade 9, two grade 7s, five grade 6’s and a 5. Both girls are heading to Newman College.

Amelia Irving, with three grade 7s, five 6s and a grade 5 is also going to Newman to study ‘A’ Levels in biology, statistics, English literature and PE. Dad wanted to thank school and said, “I am very grateful to school”.

Broagan Martin will be studying Travel Management at Newman College after achieving two grade 8s, four 6s and three grade 5s.

As the pupils collected their results, finishing touches to additional rooms, created during the summer break, were being made in preparation for the new year 7s arriving in a couple of weeks time.

Chris Catherall, Headteacher, said, “Being oversubscribed for another year is fantastic. It has meant that we have had to create new teaching rooms to accommodate our additional pupils. They are joining Worden at a really exciting time as we welcome improved exam results and new and additional staff. This will allow us to offer more subjects and extra-curricular activities, next year, which I am sure pupils will really appreciate and enjoy.”

This year, the accolades continued to come as the excellent work going on Worden continues to be recognised. The school has attended the Lancashire Post Education Awards and Times Educational Supplement Awards held in London.

The Chair of Governors, Mrs Woodall, in school to join in the celebrations said,

“On behalf of the governors I would like to offer our congratulations to all the pupils for another year of excellent results. Support for pupils from home is very much appreciated and the staff who gave up holidays and weekends to provide additional revision classes have our huge thanks.

Our Open Evening is on September 19th and is an opportunity for future youngsters and parents/carers to visit and discover why we think Worden is a school of choice.”