They've hit their target

GCSE students at Todmorden High School smashed all previous records on a golden day for the school.

Students and staff were celebrating as fifty-four per cent of the school’s 16-year-olds achieved five A*-C grades. Overall, 95 per cent of pupils achieved five A*-G grades, the best percentage the school has ever obtained.

Gemma Cooper, head of year 11, was ecstatic. She said: “This year group was always very able but they have backed this up with a tremendous amount of effort and produced an outstanding set of results. I am very proud of them all.”

Headteacher Patrick Ottley-O’Connor was equally enthusiastic. He said: “It is hard to find fault with these results. Nearly every student has met the targets we set them. The teachers have worked so hard to maintain our recent rapid progress and their efforts have been matched by the students.

Earlier this year, the school was told it faced closure if its exam results did not reach a national government target of 30 per cent of students achieving five A*-C grades, including English and Maths, within three years.

Last year 28 per cent of pupils reached the target but this year the figure rose to 43 per cent, an achievement that delighted Mr Ottley-O’Connor.

He said: “With the school under 30 per cent we might be closed. We have actually blown that target out of the water with a masssive increase. It’s absolutely wonderful. We couldn’t be any happier at the moment.

“It sets a benchmark for the future. We have exceeded every target - more children doing better in more subjects, getting more GCSEs and higher grades than ever before.”

Rebecca Senior achieved outstanding results, picking up 11 A*s, an A and two Bs achieved in years nine and ten. She said: “I’m shocked. I was expecting to do well in some of them but my Spanish was only an hour after school as an extra but I got an A*. I’m really surprised.”

She is planning to enter the sixth form at the school to study for A-levels in sciences and maths. She said: “I’m looking forward to the independent learning because I like learning by myself.”

David Fairley, whose grades included two A*s and four As, was very pleased with his results. He said: “I’m quite glad that I put that much effort in.”

He is planning to study for A-levels in history, psychology, law and English at the school’s sixth form.

There were also notable performances from Aisha Coggan (eight A*s, three As and two Bs achieved in years nine and ten) and Billy Fletcher (12 A*-C grades including 5 As).

Deputy head John Botterill said a lot of the students will be coming back in September to begin A-levels but there are a few places available in the sixth form if anybody would like to apply. He said: “If they ring the school we will make every effort to accommodate their requirements.”

TODMORDEN High School GCSE results, 2008

Adams Emily, bi, ft, en, el, gg, hi, ict, ma, ms, re, sc; Ali Aqib, rt, en, el, ma, ms, re, sc; Allaby Chloe, ad, ag, ft, dr, en, el, hi, ma, re, sc; Anderton Katie, ag, bi, tx, dr, en, el, ex, hi, ict, ma, re, sc; Armitage Natalie, en, el, fr, hs, ma, re, sc; Armstrong Dale, bi, ch, rt, en, el, ict, ma, ph, re; Ashton David, bi, rt, en, el, hi, ma, ms, re, sc, pe; Balser Courtney, ad, ft, dr, en, el, ma, mu, re, sc; Bamford Grace, ag, bi, en, el, hi, ict, ma, ms, re, sc, pe; Baxter Mark, bi, rt, en, el, ma, sc; Bee Melissa, ad,en, el; Begum Olima, ad, tx, en, el, hs, ict, ma, re, sc; Bibi Atfah, ag, tx, en, el, ex, fr, hi, ma, ms, re, sc; Breese Jo, ad, ag, en, el, ex, ma, ms, mu, re, sc; Brennand Gemma, ad, tx, en, el, hs, ma, sc; Briggs Helena, ag, ft, en, el, hi, ma, re, sc; Briggs Jade, ft, dr, en, el, hs, ma, sc; Butterworth Angela, ad, ag, en, el, hs, ict, ma, ms, re, sc; Butterworth Matthew, rt, en, el, ex, ict, ma, sc; Carey Paula, en, el, gg, ma, sc; Carlton Joanna, ad, en, el, hs, hi, ma, re, sc, pe; Carpenter Gemma, ad, tx, en, el, hs, ma, sc; Challis Oliver, rt, sy, en, el, fr, hi, ma, re, sc, pe; Clarkson Emma, ad, ag, en, el, ex, gg, ict, ma, ms, re, sc; Clegg Stuart, en, el, hi, ma, mu, sc; Coggan Aisha, ad, en, el, ex, fr, gg, ict, ma, ms, re, sc; Crampton Rebecca, ad, ft, dr, en, el, ex, hi, ma, mu, re, sc; Dallas Nicholas, bi, ch, ft, rt, en, el, ex, gg, ict, ma, ph, re; Davey Daniel, ft, rt, en, el, ex, hi, ict, ma, mu, re, sc, pe; Davies Benjamin, ad, ft, rt, dr, en, el, gg, ma, re, sc; Davy-Day Oliver, bi, ft, en, el, hi, ict, ma, ms, re, sc, pe; Denneny Marcy, en, el, hs, ma, re, sc; Dibb Kieran, rt, en, el, ma, sc; Dixon Harry, ag, rt, sy, en, el, ex, fr, hi, ma, re, sc; Doyle Rachael, ad, tx, en, el, hs, ict, ma, re, sc; English James, bi, rt, sy, en, el, gg, hi,ma, sc; Ersoy Kristal, ag, bi, ft, rt, en, el, hi, ma, re, sc; Fairley David, en, el, ex, fr, hi, ict, ma, ms, re, sc, pe; Fernley Josie, ad, dr, en, el, da, hs, ma, re, sc; Fielden Daniel, bi, ch, ft, en, el, ict, ma, ms, ph, re, pe; Fielden Danielle, tx, en, el, fr, hs, hi, ma, sc; Fielder Isobel, ag, bi, dr, en, el, ex, hi, ict, ma, ms, re, sc; Fletcher Billy, ad, ag, rt, en, el, ex, ict, ma, ms, re, sc, pe; Flood Rebecca, ag, ft, en, el, hi, ict, ma, re, sc; Foster Antney, ad, ft, rt, en, el, ma, re, sc; Foster Rachael, bi, tx, en, el, ex, hs, hi, ict, ma, re, sc; Foster Sarah, ad, ft, en, el, da, ex, hi, ma, re, sc, pe; Fowler Conor, bi, en, el, ma, re, sc; Gardner Katie, dr, en, el, hs, ma, ms, mu, re, sc; Gibson Adam, rt, sy, en, el, fr, gg, ict, ma, re, sc; Goggins Adam, ad, ag, ft, sy, en, el, ict, ma, re, sc; Goldthorpe Rachel, ad, bi, ch, tx, en, el, hi, ict, ma, ph, re; Gorman Daniel, rt, en, el, ma, sc; Gorton Matthew, ft, rt, en, el, gg, ma, ms, sc; Greenwood Adam, rt, en, el, ma, sc; Greenwood David, rt, en, el, ma, sc; Greenwood Jennah, bi, en, el, gg, hs, hi, ict, ma, re, sc; Griffiths Jane, ft, tx, en, el, hs, ict, ma, ms, sc; Hameed Mohammed, bi, rt, sy, en, el, ict, ma, sc; Hammond Eve, ad, en, el, ex, gg, hi, ict, ma, ms, re, sc; Hartley David, bi, en, sc; Hayhurst Jack, rt, en, el, ma, sc; Heys Sian, bi, ch, en, el, ex, fr, gg, hi, ict, ma, ph, re; Heyworth Stephanie, ad, ag, ft, dr, en, el, ex, hi, ict, ma, re, sc; Hill Konrad, ft, en, el, hi, ma, ms, re, sc, pe; Hilson Jennifer, ft, dr, en, el, hs, hi, ma, re, sc; Holmes Talawa, ft, dr, en, hi, ma, mu, sc; Hopson Emily, ad, ag, dr, en, el, gg, hi, ma, re, sc; Horne Alexander, ag, rt, sy, en, el, ict, ma, re, sc; Howard Thomas, rt, en, el, ict, ma, sc; Howarth Edward, en, el, hi, ma, ms, re, sc, pe; Hussain Idris, rt, sy, en, el, ict, ma, re, sc, ur; Hussain Nasir, rt, en, el, ict, ma, re, sc; Ideson Matthew, sy, en, el, hi, ma, re, sc; Irving Stuart, rt, sy, en, el, fr, gg, ma, re, sc; Islam Anamul, bi, ch, rt, en, el, ict, ma, ph, re; Kershaw Jamilla, rt, en, el, ma, re, sc; Khan Wasi, sy, en, el, hi, ma, ms, re, sc, ur; Knudsen Noah, ag, en, el, ict, ma, ms, mu, re, sc, sp; Krogulski Sophie, ag, bi, en, el, hs, hi, ma, re, sc; Law Amy, ag, ft, en, el, fr, gg, ma, ms, re, sc; Lawson Dean, ag, bi, rt, en, el, ma, ms, re, sc, pe; Laycock Natasha, en, el, hs, hi, ma, re, sc; Lewis Thomas, en, el, fr, gg, hi, ict, ma, ms, re, sc; Lively William, ag, bi, ch, en, el, hi, ma, ph; Lloyd Matthew, ag, sy, en, el, ma, re, sc; Lord Jami, ad, ft, en, el, ict, ma, re, sc; Macrae Nicholas, ag, en, el, fr, ma, ms, mu, re, sc; Mahmood Ismaeal, en, el; Masters Spencer, rt, en, el, ma, sc; Mazhar Mustafa, rt, en, ma, ms, sc, ur; McCord Rick, ad, ag, rt, sy, en, el, ma, re, sc; McMillan Nathan, ad, dr, en, el, ma, ms, re, sc; McNairn Zoe, rt, en, el, ma, ms, sc; Meehan Kieran, en, sc; Metcalfe Stewart, rt, en, el, ex, ict, ma, re, sc; Miah Ragib, rt, en, el, ma, sc; Mortimer Christie, ad, en, el, hs, ma, re, sc, pe; Mortimer Jordanna-Leigh, bi, ch, en, el, fr, ma, ms, ph, re, pe; Naylor Leanne, ad, en, el, ma, sc; Netherwood James, en, el, ma; Newbould Steven, ad, rt, sy, en, el, hi, ma, sc, pe; Nolan Hannah, ft, dr, en, el, hi, ict, ma, re, sc, pe; Patterson Anis, ad, tx, en, el, fr, hi, ict, ma, ms, re, sc; Payne Simone, ad, tx, en, el, hs, ma, re, sc; Pinnell Shazia, ad, ag, dr, en, el, da, ex, fr, ict, ma, re, sc; Pinnington Richard, rt, sy, en, el, ict, ma, ms, re, sc; Price Kim, ag, ft, en, el, hs, hi, ict, ma, re, sc; Procter Aaron, rt, en, el, ma, sc; Ratcliffe Ginny, ad, ag, en, el, ex, hi, ma, ms, mu, re, sc; Reid Anne, ad, bi, ch, en, el, ex, gg, hi, ict, ma, ph, re; Rhodes Junalyn, ft, en, el, hs, ict, ma, re, sc, pe; Ridout Ross, en, el, ma, sc; Robinson Martyn, dr, en, el, hi, ict, ma, ms, re, sc; Rothwell Rachel, ad, bi, ch, en, el, ex, gg, hi, ict, ma, ph, re; Ryan Aidan, rt, en, el, ma, re, sc; Sandiford Charlotte, dr, en, el, da, gg, hi, ma, mu, re, sc; Schofield Matthew, rt, en, el, ma, sc; Scholfield Katie, dr, en, el, fr, gg, hi, ma, ms, re, sc; Senior Rebecca, bi, ch, en, el, ex, fr, gg, hi, ict, ma, ph, re, sp; Sham Simon, ft, en, el, hs, ma, re, sc, pe; Shaw John, ad, bi, ft, rt, en, el, ma, re, sc, pe; Smith Hannah, ad, bi, tx, dr, en, el, hi, ma, re, sc; Smith Ryanne, ag, tx, en, el, fr, ict, ma, ms, re, sc; Stacey Melissa, ad, ag, bi, dr, en, el, da, ex, ict, ma, re, sc; Swain Heather, ad, tx, dr, en, el, ex, fr, hi, ict, ma, re, sc; Taylor Jason, ag, bi, ch, rt, en, el, ma, mu, ph, re; Terry Matthew, sy, en, el, hi, ict, ma, re, sc; Thomas Kirsty, ft, en, el, gg, hi, ict, ma, ms, re, sc; Thomas Oliver, ad, rt, sy, en, el, gg, hi, ma, sc; Townend Matthew, ag, en, el, gg, hi, ict, ma, mu, sc; Trafford Katie, ad, ft, dr, en, el, gg, ma, re, sc; Travis Tom, ag, ft, en, el, fr, hi, ma, re, sc; Tubb Stephanie, ag, bi, ft, en, el, hi, ma, re, sc, pe; Uttley Tommy, ad, en, el, hi, ma, sc, pe; Vest Craig, ft, rt, en, el, fr, hi, ict, ma, re, sc, pe; Walsh Taddeus, dr, en, el, ex, fr, hi, ma, mu, re, sc; Ward Amy, ad, dr, en, el, fr, gg, hi, ict, ma, re, sc; Whatmough Steven, dr, en, el, hi, ict, ma, re, sc; Whelan Chloe, ad, en, el, ex, fr, ict, ma, ms, mu, re, sc; Whitham Benjamin, ad, ft, rt, en, el, ict, ma, re, sc, pe; Wildman Jack, dr, en, el, ex, hi, ict, ma, ms, mu, re, sc; Wilkinson Jack, ad, ft, en, el, ma, ms, sc, pe; Wilkinson Lauren, tx, en, el, fr, hs, ma,sc; Wilkinson Rachel, dr, en, el, fr, hs, ma, re, sc; Worthington Niall, ft, en, el, fr, hi, ma, re, sc, pe; Wright Katie, ag, ft, dr, en, el, ma, ms, sc; Wynn George, dr, en, el, hi, ma, ms, mu, re, sc; Young Georgia, ad, en, el, hi, ict, ma, ms, re, sc.