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Penwortham Girls’ High School GCSE results ‘phenomenal’, says headteacher

Posted on - 26th August, 2022 - 1:43pm | Author - | Posted in - Education, Penwortham, Preston News, Proud Preston, Schools, South Ribble News
Penwortham Girls’ High School students celebrate

A ‘jubilant’ Penwortham headteacher has opened up about the ‘exceptional’ results of her school’s GCSE students.

Penwortham Girls’ High School Headteacher Karen Pomeroy said this year’s results are ‘nothing short of phenomenal’ and a testament to the ‘remarkable resilience’ of the 2022 class.

The students exceeded the results achieved in 2019, with their performance ‘consistent’ with the results awarded by staff over the last two years.

The pleased headteacher said the students have built on the school’s ‘longstanding reputation’ for exceptional academic outcomes.

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Karen said: “I was particularly pleased with the high level of consistency across all subjects, and it’s heartening to see that every student is assured of moving on to their intended destination, whether that’s further academic study, training or pursuing an apprenticeship.”

Almost 40 per cent of the grades awarded were a Grade 7 or higher, with 82 Grade 9s awarded, 92 per cent gaining at least five standard passes (Grade 4 or higher – equivalent to an old C Grade or higher), including English and Maths. And 75 per cent achieved at least five strong passes at Grade 5+.

Karen said: “These results are even more impressive considering that almost 70 per cent of our students studied the English Baccalaureate, an ambitious suite of subjects.

“Everyone at PGHS is filled with pride about the results. Penwortham Girls’ is a true community school, and the amazing results are a tribute to everyone, from dedicated teachers and support staff who work tirelessly with our well-motivated girls and their families, who have provided vital support and encouragement along the way.”

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There were several examples of individual success, with 13 students receiving grades 7-9 in all their subjects. Over 20 per cent made ‘outstanding progress’, attaining at least one higher than their targets across a range of subjects.

Chair of Governors Lorimer Russell-Hayes praised the staff, ‘who provided valuable academic and emotional support to students of all backgrounds and abilities through difficult times.’

The latest success has added to the ‘optimistic mood’ at PGHS following the announcement that the school is one of only 19 schools in the UK selected for a complete refurbishment or full rebuild, including a long-awaited new sports hall.

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