Darwen Vale High School achieving some outstanding performances


Following on from some excellent sixth form results last week, students across the Aldridge family of school celebrated their GCSE exam results yesterday with their parents and teachers.

National reporting on GCSEs this week has reflected opinions that the exams in some subjects have got tougher, but this didn’t stop students at Darwen Vale High School achieving some outstanding performances.

Senior Prefect Emily Benn reflected the thoughts of many students up and down the country yesterday. Emily made exceptional progress in English literature and language, achieving 9s in both subjects. She plans to study physical education and psychology at sixth form next and said: “I was not expecting that at all. I was not expecting the 9s. It was a really hard year; the exams were hard.”

Alexander Jarvis, Sophie Briggs and Harry Walker all achieved a Grade 9 in mathematics. Rebecca Scanlan and Olivia Hunter both achieved exceptional Grades in combined science. Rebecca, who is going to Runshaw College to study A-Levels, said: “When I got my results I cried with joy. I really did not think I was going to get them, I thought I would get 6s!”

Vale Principal Matthew Little said: “The results represent a further step forward in our improvement journey. Amongst individual subjects 70% of students achieved a Grade 4 or above in mathematics, well ahead of last year’s national average pass rate”.

“English pass rates continue to be very strong with 75% of students achieving Grades of 4 or above, again 5% ahead of the national average last year. 62% of students achieved Grade 4s in both English and maths and nearly 40% have achieved Grade 5s.”