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Pleckgate High School has plenty to shout about after being voted the Lancashire Telegraph Secondary School of the Year for the second successive year.

Head teacher Mark Cocker was delighted to collect the award in 2016 and the school has gone from strength to strength culminating in another year of celebrations.

The motto of Pleckgate is ‘Aspire and Believe, Act and Succeed’ and students are doing just that.

“Our motto is a recipe for success. We encourage high aspirations, we believe we can achieve them, we will act and work hard for them and that will lead to success,” said Mr Cocker.

Academically, the school enjoyed a strong year. They achieved a 61% pass rate for students recording grades A*-C in both English and Mathematics in their GCSE results last August, they enjoyed a second successive positive Progress 8 score and Pleckgate was heralded as a ‘Beacon of Success’ by the Institute of Public Policy and Research.

The school’s Mathematics department was also recognised in the top 1% of schools nationally for progress.

As the school’s reputation continues to flourish, Pleckgate has been boosted by an increase in students for the 2017/18 school year.

Year 11 student Usmaan Malik was full of praise after his five years at Pleckgate. He said: “The teachers are passionate about their jobs and in helping students fulfil their potential.

“The staff are willing to go that extra mile for students.

“It’s not all about education though as the sporting side of school life is strong as is the charity work, raising £75,000 over the last seven years for various charities.”

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