Holy Cross’s ‘Class of 2017’ celebrated their successful GCSE results at their ‘Presentation of Certificates’ evening.
The special guest was Gill Marsden, Managing Director of NIS Ltd, an award-winning Chorley company with Gill a prominent figure in the nuclear industry.
One of the big winners on the night was last year’s Head Boy Harry Wilson who won the Academic Excellence Award for achieving the highest grades at the school – Harry secured nine A*s, one A and one B.
Molly McManus collected the female Academic Excellence Award after celebrating eight A*s – two Grade 9s under the new system – and three As.
The Outstanding Progress Award went to Emily Eccles, who made an impressive five levels of progress, and achieved four A*s and seven As.
Sebastian Mielnik collected the male Outstanding Progress Award after making ‘incredible progress’. He came to Holy Cross with English not his native language but overcame the language barrier to get an A* in English Literature as well as securing an A, three Bs and three Cs.
Courtney Holt and Kia Bundy got special recognition for their 100 per cent attendance over their five years at Holy Cross.
The Jonathan Hutchings Award, which is for the work related student of the year, went to Liam Burton while Niamh Togher was awarded the prestigious Matthew Gibbons Memorial Award.
Former pupil Matthew died in a traffic accident and his award is for an all-round achiever who was hugely involved in the Holy Cross community.
Niamh was involved in the school council, was a prefect, took part in Duke of Edinburgh as well as the school’s Strictly Come Dancing event.
“It was a tough year for our Year 11s as they had to deal with the changes to the syllabus and the changes to the grading system,” said Head Teacher Mr Gaughan.
“Our pupils came through that and performed magnificently and we are proud of every one of them.”
Special guest Gill Marsden admitted she didn’t leave school with the best academic record but went on to be a female leader in the nuclear industry, she achieved many firsts in her career such as the first woman to be a foreman at Sellarfield Nuclear Plant.
“It’s all about excellence and pride,” said Gill. “It’s about finding a passion you can be proud of and achieving amazing things, seeing opportunities and taking them.”