We would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to the Year 11 cohort of 2017 for their outstanding performance in this year’s GCSE examinations, resulting in the schools best ever GCSE results.

The results announced today, are testament to the individual dedication, resilience and continuous hard work of our Year 11 students. Likewise, the unwavering professionalism, commitment and enthusiasm demonstrated by our teaching and support staff has ensured that all our students achieve and in some cases, surpass the targets they have been set.

The outstanding performance of Year 11 students in their examinations has resulted in an incredible number of students achieving exceptionally well on the new reformed English and maths GCSEs which are graded 9-1 instead of A*-G, with 9 the highest grade. Under the new system, a grade 4 is the equivalent to a grade C.

Our class of 2017 achieved a phenomenal 84% (207 students) grade 9-4 in English and maths, which reflects 90% grade 9-4 in English and 85% grade 9-4 in maths. We are also delighted with our 80% 5+ standard passes including English and maths which compares favourably to last year’s cohort. Early indications suggest that a large number of our students have achieved “strong passes” in English and maths. The strong pass has been defined by Justine Greening (Secretary of State for Education), as “an ambitious benchmark used to measure the performance of schools – comparable with the strongest performing education systems.” We look forward to our outstanding student outcomes being scrutinised against other high performing schools and academies nationally.

Likewise, individual subject areas are able to boast outstanding attainment at grade A*- C or grade 9 – 4:

Biology 93%, Chemistry 91%, Physics 89%, Computer Science 95%, Art 98%, Food Tech 90%, ICT 85%, Media Studies 97%, PE 88%, Digital Photography 84%, RE 92%, Resistant Materials 82%, Spanish 84% and English Literature 90%.

There have been many exceptional performances and much to be pleased about. Special mention should be given to the 28 students who have achieved 5 A* grades or new grade 8 or better, a truly remarkable achievement that clearly reflects an unstinting dedication to learning.

Standish Community High School Headteacher Andy Pollard said:

“Our Class of 2017 are the first group of students to take the new English and maths GCSE courses toughened up under the GCSE Reforms (2015), and clearly our students tackled the challenges and changes head on and this has resulted in outstanding results for our students at Standish Community High School. I am thrilled that our students rose to the challenge of tougher examinations with such determination, resilience and self-motivation to succeed in all GCSE subjects. Not only do they represent outstanding individual targets being met or exceeded, but they also give our students opportunities to continue with their ambitions and personal goals going forward. I am delighted for the members of staff, who have provided many hours of additional academic support and pastoral care in order to provide all our students with the dedicated support to achieve their very best. Staff have worked tirelessly with students developing their confidence, resilience and self-belief. I am equally delighted for the Governors and parents with our achievements this year. I hope everyone at Standish Community High School is able to celebrate ‘our best ever results’ and share in our successes.”

Standish Community High School would like to record their sincere thanks to the parents of the Class of 2017 for their continued support over the last five years. The success of this cohort of students clearly reflects the accomplishments of a collaborative commitment made by students, staff, parents, governors.


There were a number of notable successes in this year’s results, and some are detailed below:

Name GCSE Achievements
Emma Guenther 3 grade 9’s, 8 A*
Natalie Darbyshire 3 grade 9’s, 7 A*‘s
Bethany Edgar 3 grade 9’s, 7 A*
Sam Green 2 grade 9’s, 7 A*, 1 grade 8
Faye Darbyshire 3 grade 9’s, 6 A*, 1 A
Daniel Winstanley 3 grade 9”s, 6 A*, 1A
Lucy Dempster 2 grade 9’s, 7 A*, 1 grade 6
Emma Parkinson 3 grade 9’s, 5 A*, 2 A
Jenny Magleave 2 grade 9’s, 6 A*, 1 grade 7, 1 A
Olivia Breheny 2 grade 9’s, 5 A* , 1 grade 8, 2 A
Sacha Hall 2 grade 9’s, 5 A*, 1 grade 8, 2 A
Robyn Ormesher 3 grade 9, 4 A*, 3A
Maia Gaskell 2 grade 9’s, 4 A*, 1 grade 8, 3 A
Courtney Witts 2 grade 9, 3 A*, 1 grade 8, 4 A
Olivia Hesketh 1 grade 9, 4 A*, 1 grade 8, 1 grade 7, 3 A
Melissa Kelly 1 grade 9, 4 A*, 2 grade 8, 3 A
Emily Lenagan 1 grade 9, 4 A*, 2 grade 8, 3 A
Daniel Hurst 2 grade 9, 3 A*, 1 grade 8, 3 A, 1 B
Sarah Ashurst 4 A*, 1 grade 8, 3 A, 1 grade 7, 1 grade 6
Lucy Arnold 1 grade 9, 3 A*, 1 grade 8, 1 grade 7, 4 A
Szaye Hall 1 grade 9, 2 A*, 2 grade 8, 5 A
Ella Williams-Wallace 2 grade 9, 2 A*, 1 grade 7, 5 A
Jessica Walker 2 grade 9, 1 A*, 1 grade 8, 6 A
Olivia Smith 2 grade 9, 3 A*, 1 grade 7, 3 A, 1 C
Daniel Cooper 1 grade 9, 2 A*, 2 grade 8, 4 A, 1 B
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