STAFF and pupils at Penketh High School have reason to celebrate on results day after delivering the school's best ever GCSEs.

Year 11 pupil Amelia Moore scored a nine in her English Literature exam - the highest grade pupils can achieve.

Charlotte Dorrington and Mae Roberts also celebrated a great set of results with sixes, sevens and eights across the board.

Head teach John Carlin described the year as a 'credit to themselves' and praised pupils for their hard work and determination.

More pupils achieved passes in both English and maths than any previous year and pupils have also made better progress than ever before.

John said: "GCSE results day is always one of the best days of the year as it allows us to celebrate the successes of our outstanding young people and this year is no exception.

"Those who have closely followed their journey across the year will know how dedicated they’ve been in securing their success through hard work and determination.

"They’ve continually impressed us with their commitment and we’re so pleased for them that this hard work has reaped the deserved rewards.

"There have been some exceptional individual performances and significant improvements on a whole school basis. It appears the year group have delivered the school’s best ever results against both the progress 8 measure and the old headline measure of five A*-C/9-4 including English and maths.

"The results represent the second consecutive significant uplift in outcomes at Penketh High School and I’d like to thank the staff for their efforts in driving improvement at the school over the last two years.

"They demonstrate an incredible level of commitment to secure the very best for our pupils whilst offering students an ambitious and academically rigorous curriculum – evidenced by over 67 per cent of pupils undertaking the English Baccalaureate.

"Our outstanding young people should be exceptionally proud of their efforts and we’re pleased that they leave Penketh with a really good foundation for the next stage of their lives.

"We wish all of the pupils the very best for the future and look forward to hearing about their continued success."