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Staff and students at St Helens College 14-16 Academy are celebrating their first set of GCSE results since the St Helens College 14-16 Academy launched in 2014. Lydia ONeil

73% of St Helens College 14-16 Academy students achieved expected or better progress in English on entry and 76% of students achieved expected or better progress in maths on entry, highlighting the outstanding progress that they have made since joining St Helens College 14-16 Academy in Year 10.

In addition to this, industry sector pathways including Construction, Engineering and Hospitality, which are taken alongside core GCSEs, achieved an impressive 100% overall pass rate.

Some shining stars of St Helens College 14-16 Academy included Lydia O’Neil and Conor Butler, celebrating today after achieving 10 A* - C grades or equivalent in their GCSEs. Lydia who joined the Academy from St Edmund Arrowsmith (Whiston) says, “I worked really hard to make sure that I’d achieved the best that I could so that I can go to St Helens College and study A levels in September! I hope to one day become an architect. St Helens College 14-16 Academy has really helped me to improve my confidence as the class sizes are smaller and you receive one to one support.”

Conor ButlerConor who joined the Academy from Lord Derby Academy said, “I am so happy with my results! I’ve worked really hard and my teachers made sure that I had all the support I needed to get through my exams. I couldn’t have done it without them. I can’t wait to start St Helens College in September studying Electrical Installation!”

Conor’s parents who are also celebrating with him today, say, “His confidence has grown so much since he joined St Helens College 14-16 Academy and we feel it was the best decision for his future to come here. The one to one support provided by the teaching staff and how they motivate, encourage and create a friendly environment has the made difference.”

Students collected their GCSE results from the St Helens College 14-16 Academy this morning and were greeted by proud Headteacher, Caron Kerr and teaching staff. Caron says, “We are extremely proud of our students and what they have achieved. Each student has been on a personal and educational journey since they first joined St Helens College 14-16 Academy and have worked exceptionally hard, so it’s fantastic that we are able to celebrate their achievements today.

“These results truly reflect the outstanding progress that they have made over the last two years and also the dedication and support provided by our teaching staff, ensuring that they reach their full potential. We wish our students the very best of luck for the future.”

This set of strong GCSE results comes following a recent Ofsted inspection awarding St Helens College 14-16 Academy with the highest possible grading with 'significant progress' reported across all six areas of inspection.

Sian Roberts, who came from St Cuthberts Catholic High School, achieved 9 A* - C grades or equivalent in her GCSEs, she says, “I really love studying Science and I am so happy that I’ve achieved a grade C at GCSE as I hope to work within forensics one day! Joining St Helens College 14-16 Academy helped boost my motivation and with this my grades started to improve as well. I’m going to really miss the teachers here.”Sian Roberts

Jette Burford, Principal of St Helens College, congratulated students and commented on the provision provided, “We started this provision in a bid to ensure that young people in St Helens have an option to pursue their chosen careers from an early age. Students can launch their career by studying core GCSEs alongside an industry sector pathway specialism. This outstanding set of results really highlights how far these students have travelled in terms of their educational performance since joining us in Year 10. They are now in a strong position in terms of pursuing their progression route into further education and on their journey to secure sustainable, well-paid careers.”

St Helens College 14-16 Academy offers an exciting opportunity for students currently in Year 9, to join us full-time to complete Years 10 and 11. With a unique curriculum of GCSEs, industry sector pathways and valuable work experience, students gain comprehensive preparation for the world of work.