Students at Albany Academy were celebrating this morning when they were awarded the new top GCSE grade. Equivalent to an A**, the new Grade 9 is awarded to fewer than 2% of students nationally.
Six students from the top Chorley school collected excellent results, including the very top grade.
Jonathan Carey, who earned a grade 9 in maths, said “I’m really pleased with my all results, especially my maths GCSE.”
Afifa Patel, who was celebrating a 9 in literature, alongside a string of A* and grade 8s added, “I’m extremely pleased. I’m going on to study A level English Literature, and this grade has given me real confidence that I will succeed at college.”
Charlotte Stanley, who achieved a grade 9 in English language as well as grade 8 in literature added, “The English lessons have been very engaging all year and I’m very pleased to have achieved this grade.”
Head teacher, Peter Mayland, said “This year the education system in England has undergone the most significant changes since the introduction of GCSEs; changes which parents and employers may find bewildering. However, the real story here is that our students have embraced the challenge of these tougher exams and have been rewarded with the best grades possible.
In a year where the GCSEs are new and there are a reported 1% of students achieving a grade 9, it’s fantastic that six of our students have achieved this top grade. I am incredibly proud of all our students, for the efforts they have made over the past 5 years and I’m also very proud of the care and excellent teaching provided by our wonderful staff.”
Also pictured are Rhea Howard, Tilly Jepson and Chloe Cottam.