LANCASHIRE’S record-breaking youngsters are celebrating another year of success.
Despite tough new criteria aimed at making GCSEs harder, teenagers from across the county turned in a star performance.
Schools across Central Lancashire are reporting record numbers of passes with most seeing an improvement in the number of high grades.
Core subjects have also excelled.
At Hutton Grammar School two pupils picked up a dozen top grades each.
Overall, 88 per cent of students achieved the benchmark five A*- C grades, while 80 per cent achieved five or more A*- C grades including English and mathematics.
And 95 per cent of the students passed maths with a C or above, while more than half of the music students achieved an A*.
Narrowly leading the way is Eric Dale with 12 top grades, with his ‘super A grades’ in mathematics, English, biology, chemistry, physics, economics, French and IT.
Nikhil Mali and Nathan Patel also achieved 12 A*/A grades.
Principal at Fulwood Academy Richard Smyth said: “The academy is delighted at the continuing improved academic achievement shown this year in the number of A* and A GCSE grades of 20% of subjects taken.
“This reflects very well on our students’ application and learning.”
Kirkham’s Carr Hill High School saw its best ever results with two thirds of its students gaining the top grades.
Overall 95 per cent of students achieved at least five A* - C grades including maths and English, five per cent up on last year.
Results at Preston Muslim Girls’ School rose by 19 per cent with 90 per cent of students gaining five top passes.
In Leyland Worden Academy students equalled last year’s 100 per cent record pass rate.
High levels of top grades were celebrated at Priory Academy in Penwortham where headtecher Jim Hourigan was particularly delighted with an improvement in the school’s English and maths GCSE results, which rose from 52 to 61 per cent.
See tomorrow’s LEP for a 24-page results special with stories from around the county.