GSCE Success

Holy Cross Catholic High School maintained their high standards as an impressive 14 of their students achieved all 11 A*/A grades in their GCSEs.

Holy Cross celebrated superb results last year with 76 per cent of students getting five or more GCSE’s including English and Maths.

Due to the new national GCSE system, with English and Maths now marked in Grade 1-9, 9 being the highest, it is difficult to compare with previous years but the Holy Cross students have continued to excel.

“Once again we have some outstanding individual results and extremely pleasing results overall,” said Head Teacher Ivan Gaughan.

“While 14 students achieved 11 GCSEs, all A*s and As or the equivalent, a total of 22 students achieved seven more A*/A grades.

“A high percentage of our pupils gained pass grades in English and maths with 85 per cent passing English and 75 passing maths. It has been another special year for Holy Cross and a credit to the hard work of both pupils and staff.”

Niamh Malone achieved five A*s, three As and a Grade 8 in English Literature, Language and Maths as all 11 of her GCSEs were A or above.

Niamh Togher celebrated a Grade 9 in English Language, three A*s, five As as well as a Grade 8 in English Literature and Maths.

“I was stunned,” said Niamh. “You talk yourself into believing you have failed everything over the summer so I was very happy to open my results. I couldn’t believe it.”

Niamh aims to go to Cardinal Newman College to study Physics, Maths, Ancient History and Graphic Design.

“I am interested in engineering and architecture but I might do something totally different in the future and go down the history route. I just don’t know!”

Molly McManus achieved the highest Grade 9 in English Language and Literature which puts her in the top three per cent in the country. She also got a Grade 8 in Maths as well as five A*s and three As.

Phoebe Vickery amassed three A*s, five As and a Grade 9 in English Language as well as a Grade 8 in Maths and English Literature.

“I thought a Grade 9 was unachievable so I couldn’t believe it when I got it in English Language. I was really shocked,” said Phoebe.

“I am just so happy. I want to go to Newman College now and study English, Maths, History and Classics – I have no idea what I want to be!”

Harry Wilson celebrated eight A*s as well as a Grade 8 in Maths and a 7 and 6 in English Language and Literature.

Meanwhile student Lucy Aspinall is looking forward to a career on the stage after securing 11 GCSEs – nine at A or A*.

Year 11 student Lucy has already won two NODA’s (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) for her acting and directing performances over the last year..

Lucy, who is a member of Chorley Little Theatre and has starred in the school’s professional productions of Oliver! and Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat winning rave reviews, will go onto Newman College.

“I did receive an offer from a prestigious drama school in Liverpool but decided to go to Newman College and then I want to go to the Guildford School of Acting.

“I will study A-Levels in French and History and BTECs in Drama and Theatre Studies as well as Musical Theatre.”

Ciara Maloney, who also secured 11 GCSE’s with nine at A/A*, hopes to keep putting her best foot forward at Runshaw College.

Holy Cross student Ciara, 16, is a ballroom and Latin dancer and competes in competitions.
“I have been involved since I was eight and I started cheerleading and then went onto ballroom and Latin dancing. I enjoy it.

“It’s some relief from all the studying!”

Ciara will study French, German and History at Runshaw College.

Abbie Moss also chalked up 11 GCSEs with seven at A/A*, is hoping it adds up to success as she wants to be an accountant and will study Maths, Further Maths, Geography and History at Runshaw College.