Headteacher, Karen Pomeroy was in a jubilant mood, noting that ‘this year’s GCSE results are nothing short of phenomenal, and testament to the remarkable resilience of the Class of 2022, given the challenges they faced. Not only did our students exceed the results achieved in 2019, but their performance was consistent with the results that our staff have awarded over the last two years. Yet again, students at Penwortham Girls’ High School have built on the school’s longstanding reputation for exceptional academic outcomes. 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 to pursue an apprenticeship.’
In contrast to the national picture, almost 40% of all the grades awarded were a Grade 7 or higher, with an impressive 82 Grade 9’s awarded in total. Importantly, 92% of students gained at least 5 standard passes (Grade 4 or higher – equivalent to an old C Grade or higher) including English and Maths, with 75% achieving at least 5 strong passes at Grade 5+, again including English and Mathematics. There were several examples of individual success, with 13 students getting grades 7-9 in all their subjects. Over 20% of our students made outstanding progress, attaining on average, at least 1 grade higher than their targets across a range of subjects; just reward for all their hard work over the five years. These results are even more impressive, considering that almost 70% of our students studied the English Baccalaureate, an ambitious suite of subjects.
Everyone at PGHS is filled with pride about the results. Headteacher, Karen Pomeroy said that ‘Penwortham Girls’ is a true community school, and these amazing results are a tribute to everyone who is a part of it; from dedicated teachers and support staff who work tirelessly alongside our exceptionally well-motivated girls, as well as their families who have provided vital support and encouragement along the way.’ Chair of Governors, Lorimer Russell-Hayes reserved particular praise for the staff, ‘who provided valuable academic and emotional support to students of all backgrounds and abilities, through very difficult times.’
This latest success has certainly added to the optimistic mood at PGHS, coming on the back of the recent announcement that the school is one of only 19 schools across the country selected for either a complete refurbishment or full re-build, guaranteeing that future generations of students at PGHS will have access to outstanding facilities, including a long-awaited new sports hall.
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