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School is a ‘diamond’ says minister Laws

Penwortham Girl's High School Diamond Jubilee Wall, from left, headteacher Karen Pomeroy, head girl Emily Fisk, 16, Grace Perks, 17, Catherine Arrowsmith, Carol Woodhouse and Elaine Davies

Penwortham Girl's High School Diamond Jubilee Wall, from left, headteacher Karen Pomeroy, head girl Emily Fisk, 16, Grace Perks, 17, Catherine Arrowsmith, Carol Woodhouse and Elaine Davies

Central Lancashire’s only girls’ school has received a special gift to help kick start it’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

Penwortham High has been named among the nation’s top 100, showing the greatest sustained performance in the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grade GCSEs, including English and maths.

The school has also been identified as one the top 100 non-selective state funded schools in England for 2013.

Headteacher Karen Pomeroy received a letter of praise from schools minister David Laws and said: “2014 will be a year to remember for everyone connected with Penwortham Girls’ High School.”

Staff, pupil and former pupils have been putting the finishing touches to an Archive Wall.

Charting the school’s history since its opening in 1954, the 30 metre-long display contains photographs, newspaper articles and a wealth of documents including school reports and timetables.

It’s compilation was overseen by headteacher Karen Pomeroy and assistant headteacher, John Ramsdale, both keen historians.

Describing it as a “labour of love,” Karen said the wall was proving so popular staff and pupils gather round it at breaks and lunchtime.

The unveiling of the Archive Wall marks the beginning of a packed calendar of events and initiatives to celebrate the school’s 60th year including the launch of a 60 for 60 Challenge’ fundraiser in which pupils will try to turn 60p into £60 with all proceeds going to local charities.

Other events will include a classical concert, a First World War lecture, an Easter fair and a jubilee-themed summer concert.

There will also be opportunities throughout the year for former pupils to visit the school , meet up with old school friends and share their memories with current pupils.

 

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