Students from Chorley schools produced some outstanding individual results in this year’s GCSEs.
And, despite a national re-think on the grading on some subjects, all the schools were delighted with their overall performances.
St Michael’s Academy even managed to top last year’s figures with 86 per cent of students gaining five or more A* to C grades, including maths and English – three per cent up on 2012.
Headteacher Julie Heaton said: “Record pass rates in a set of rigorously assessed exams confirms St Michael’s strong academic record of attainment.
“I’m confident that, as this very special year group moves to college or into employment and training that their experience here at St Michael’s has provided the Christian bedrock for the successful future they all deserve.”
Overall 95 per cent of students gained at least five passes at A* to C.
Bishop Rawstorne CE Academy saw a slight dip in its headline rate, with 78 per cent passing at least five subjects at A* to C, including maths and English – three per cent down on last year.
Headteacher Paul Cowley said: “While these figures represent a slight dip on last year’s figures, they have been achieved in an examination climate where it has been significantly more challenging to achieve grades of A* to C generally and at A* specifically, particularly in the core subjects of English, maths and science.
“Set against national trends we can be pleased with these figures, but will of course be working tirelessly to enhance outcomes for 2014.
“There have been many outstanding performances and much to be pleased about with eight of our students achieving five A* grades or better, a truly exceptional achievement.”
Overall, 82 per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C grades with the school’s EBacc figures rising from 27 per cent to 52 per cent.