Pleckgate High School celebrated their best ever GCSE results this year at their annual awards ceremony.
Pleckgate, the Lancashire Telegraph Secondary School of the Year, enjoyed a 61 per cent pass rate for grades A*-C, including English and Maths in August.
They had some outstanding individual results, as well as some sporting and community successes, and these were all celebrated at the evening where guest speaker, corporate global leader and entrepreneur Tracy Sheldon, also inspired the pupils, parents and teachers in the audience.
Of the many awards, the special Headteacher’s Award went to Aysha Sultan.
Aysha came to Pleckgate in Year Nine and couldn’t speak a great deal of English but she left the school with seven A*s and four As.
“She also gave her time to help other pupils and parents who couldn’t speak a lot of English. We are so proud of her achievements,” said Headteacher Mark Cocker.
Aysha also won The Physics Prize for achieving the highest physics mark out of the entire year group.
Safwan Hassan won The Science Prize, achieving A*s in the three science subjects while he also won a GCSE prize for his outstanding results.
John Perry, Sanaa Dayaji, Yamin Banglawala and Aisha Hanif also collected GCSE awards for their impressive GCSEs.
As well as sporting awards, community prizes were also given out – Pleckgate have raised £7,000 so far for this school year for charity. Last year’s Year Sevens got a special mention for their fundraising activities for the Royal British Legion, for water pumps in Syria and also a Readathon to buy books for children in hospital. They have continued their efforts this year by raising funs through a dodgeball event for Derian House.
Headteacher Mr Cocker said 2016 had been a superb year for Pleckgate as they welcomed in a new era, which included becoming an academy and a rebranding of the popular school.
“In 2016, we had our best ever GCSE results, we were in the top five schools nationally for schools with prior attainment and we have been hailed ‘A Beacon of Success’ as well as being crowned Lancashire Telegraph Secondary School of the Year.
“We are not just an exam factory though and while we have had fantastic academic success, sport and community achievements in all different year groups have also been recognised.”
Tracy Sheldon, who was brought up on a council estate and now runs the multi-million pound company Brug Consultancy said: “I have been so inspired by the pupils here. They are the future and they have the ability to go into life and change the world.”