As the Lancashire Post's Highly Commended Secondary School of the Year, Penwortham Priory Academy has even more to shout about after further students achieved top grades in Maths and English in this year's GCSEs.

Seventy-five per cent of students achieved a grade A*-C in English, which was up four per cent from last year, while 68 per cent achieved a grade A*-C in Maths, also up from 2015.

Overall, 63 per cent of their students achieved five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths.

"We have had a superb set of results this year – 100% of pupils who took Further Maths got a grades A*-C which is impressive," said Matt Eastham, the Lancashire Post’s Highly Commended Headteacher of the Year.

"In the separate sciences, 100% of Priory pupils achieved A*-C in Biology, 100% in Chemistry and 88% achieving A*-C in Physics.

"Results in other subjects were also outstanding. Most notably, of those pupils that took Astronomy, ICT, Urdu and Music, 100 per cent achieved an A*-C grade while the A*-C pass rate was also particularly good in subjects like Art and Design (84%), Food Technology (70 %), Resistant Materials (75%) and Religious Education (80%)."

Mr Eastham continued: "We have certainly continued to build on previous years and produced some impressive GCSE results.

"As ever, there have been some particularly notable individual performances, many of whom have achieved A*s and As so we continue to be pleased that pupils who make Priory their choice of secondary school are individually pushed to achieve above and beyond their potential. Priory continues to be a school where pupils thrive and succeed.

"These results have ensured our class of 2016 leave Priory with not only results which will help them as individuals on the next stage of their learning journey, but equally with rich and meaningful experiences that are sure to help them in what will be their exciting and bright futures."

2016 Progress 8 Score -0.08

2016 Attainment 8 Score 48.5 points

2016 percentage of pupils achieving an A* to C in English and Maths 64%

2016 percentage of pupils entering the English Baccalaureate 10%

2016 percentage of pupils who achieved the English Baccalaureate 7%

Pupils staying in education or employment for at least two terms after key stage 4 97% (This data, published in January 2017, is for pupils who completed   secondary (year 11 or key stage 4) in 2014, which is the most recent data available).

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