It certainly added up to GCSE success for Pleckgate High School as an outstanding 19 students achieved the highest Grade 9 in mathematics under the new, more challenging grading system introduced this year for English and maths.
These impressive results put these students among the country’s elite mathematicians, solidifying Pleckgate’s position as one of the highest performing mathematics departments in the country.
“We are so proud of our students and staff,” said Head Teacher Mark Cocker. “The staff and students have worked tirelessly, shown
Eight of Pleckgate’s students celebrated a Grade 9 in English Language or Literature as the Blackburn school’s students excelled.
Success was also widespread across all performance measures. Overall, the percentage of students achieving C equivalent (Grade 4) or above in GCSE English and maths has increased by 10 per cent – to 71 per cent this year.
“We have had huge increases in the proportion of students scoring at least C equivalent in English – it jumped from 66 per cent in 2016 to 82 per cent in 2017 – and maths, where we moved up to 77 per cent this year from 69 per cent,” said Mr Cocker.
“Students achieving Grade 9-5 (the new good pass) in English was 63 per cent, and in maths, students achieving 9-5 was 64 per cent.
“We are so pleased to have continued the strong trend of academic achievement at Pleckgate. We believe in the school philosophy of ‘Aspire & Believe, Act & Succeed’ and these results are testament to that shared vision.”