Students at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Skelmersdale are celebrating the many outstanding successes from their recent GCSE examinations. Once again, our students have demonstrated great determination and resilience in the face of an increased level of challenge, with a large number of subjects moving to new, more rigorous examinations. Standards in English and Maths have yet again increased and there are notable successes across a wide range of subjects.
There has been a significant increase in the number of grade 9s awarded across a range of subjects throughout the school, an outstanding achievement! May Shaw demonstrated exceptional academic performance in Science with grade 9s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, placing her in the top 3% of students nationally in these subjects, whilst also achieving a grade 7 or above in a total of 10 qualifications.
Other notable student performances include Lily Adams with grade 9s in Religious Education and History and a total of 8 subjects at grade 7 or above. Michael Moss also reached the highest grade 9 in Religious Education alongside excellent grades in Maths and History. Head Girl Caitlin Forster rounded off an exceptional year with 10 of the highest GCSE grades at 7 or above. A number of other students achieved a range of grade 7s and 8s including Lloyd Murray, Emily Bridges, Emma Byrne, Ellie Maddocks, Paige Maddocks, Megan Barwise, Hannah Jones, Robert Shaw, Matthew Smith and Dorian Olechnowicz, amongst many others.
Our Lady’s is extremely proud to have been re-accredited in July 2018 with the National Award as a Flagship School for Inclusion; we celebrate the achievements of all our students regardless of their ability, some of whom have successfully overcome very challenging barriers to learning.
As a specialist Engineering College we encourage students to undertake a range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) related subjects and are exceptionally pleased to report excellent attainment in Maths, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Technology subjects.
Alison Knight, Headteacher at Our Lady’s, is delighted with the achievements of our Year 11 students. She commended the students and staff on their hard work and efforts and wished the class of 2018 the very best of success in their post-16 choices.
Kath Gresty, Chair of Governors, endorsed the Headteacher’s comments and expressed her thanks on behalf of the governing body as she recognised the outstanding success of our school community in supporting our young people to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Please follow the YouTube link to watch an amazing performance by our Session Circle who were at St. John Rigby College. Well done everyone involved and thank to staff and students at the college for putting this together.
Our Lady’s is delighted with the outstanding achievements of our hardworking students. Once again Year 11 rose to the increased challenges of the changed examination system. These changes led to an increase in the number of formal examinations set against a much more challenging curriculum content and escalated rigour in an ever changing educational climate. A significant number of our Year 11 students achieved over 10 higher grade passes with some exceptional performances at A/A* equivalent grades.
Alison Knight, Headteacher, is highly delighted with the school’s results. She congratulates both students and staff on their hard work and excellent achievements and wishes the students of 2017 every success as they continue their educational journey post-16. Kath Gresty, Chair of Governors, endorsed the Headteacher’s comments and expressed her thanks on behalf of the governing body as ‘once again all members of Our Lady’s community worked together to achieve the best possible outcomes for all our students’.
As a school we strive to develop individual potential across all ability ranges and this year is no exception. It is with great pleasure that as a school we acknowledge some of our most outstanding performances. Taylor Jones achieved the equivalent of 12 higher grade passes with 11 being at A*/A grades, an incredible performance. Head Girl Lydia Moore and Head Boy Joey Anderson added to the school’s impressive results with 12 or above higher grade passes and 6 A*/A grades in addition to their demanding leadership duties. Other notable results were: Ellen Adkins, Cerys Beamer, Aaron Blain, Michael Lawton, Alisha Fry, Bryony Rushton, Erin Sanderson, Abigail Schofield, Anne-Marie Spencer and Chloe Yates who all achieved at least 12 equivalent higher grade passes and 6 or more A*/A grades.
As an Engineering specialist college it is pleasing to report successes in our STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), including: 100% in Engineering, 81% in Technology, 82% in Biology and we have maintained high outcomes in the new Maths and English exams, despite curriculum change; such results are a testimony to the students’ relentless hard work, dedication and high aspirations.
Students and teachers from Mauritius, Bangladesh and Spain made up the participants for this years International Summer School. During their stay activities included visits to Manchester, Liverpool and the Lake District in addition to learning activities in school.
This is one of their first projects, a photographic lesson based on the work of Hendrik Kirstens.