AKS Lytham celebrated its best ever A Level results last week, making it the leading independent school in the county, and GCSE students found out today that they have achieved their own remarkable set of record-breaking statistics.
In headline terms, 80% of all grades were in the A* to B range, with an impressive 60% at A*/A and over 30% at A*.
Headmaster Mike Walton said:
"Today we are celebrating outstanding results which are testament to the hard work of our students and the time and care we give to each individual to help them to be the best they can be.
“Following our record-breaking A Level results last week, we are delighted to see impressive progress at GCSE too. Our Year 11 cohort has not only broken previous records, but has done so whilst achieving so much success beyond the classroom and contributing positively to our local community.”
Alongside the headline success at the school, students were also celebrating individual achievements.
Robert Pickersgill gained 10 A* grades whilst also achieving a silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, representing the senior rugby team and participating in the Combined Cadet Force (CCF).
On receiving his results Robert said:
"I am very happy with my results! It has been hard work but, with the support of my brilliant teachers, I've done better than I thought I could. I can't wait to get started on my A levels!"
Jodie Willcox, a member of the CCF and a voracious reader, and Oliver Wilkinson-Gray who is also involved in CCF, both achieved 9 A* grades. Sam Southern, an active member of the Lytham St Annes Classical Association, gained eight A*s and two A grades whilst making a significant time commitment to music and Duke of Edinburgh at the school.
Bel Walton, who joined AKS in Year 10, achieved 8 A*s and 1 A grade, whilst being a dedicated member of the AKS Action group leading on social responsibility and completing her silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Annabel Bowker, a member of the netball A team, the Amnesty International Youth group and participating in Duke of Edinburgh, added 8 A* grades to her achievements.
Lucy Rigby, who achieved 6 A*s and 4 A grades, said:
"Recently returning from the AKS Australia hockey tour and now receiving these fantastic results is overwhelming. On top of organising a highly successful Year 11 school prom and completing silver Duke of Edinburgh, it has been a very busy and rewarding school year for me. I really look forward to coming back to study maths, further maths, English literature and economics in the Sixth Form and play another two years of hockey at AKS.”
In addition to these students’ achievements, a high number of students also achieved the top grade in additional maths, a qualification beyond GCSE, which they studied in one year.
Mr Walton added:
"I am also delighted that 24 of our Year 10 students have taken their GCSE maths a year early and all of them achieved an A* grade.
“Our Year 11 students have not only excelled academically while preparing for exams, but our rugby team became Lancashire champions and many of these students gained prestigious qualifications through their endeavours in music, drama, art, Duke of Edinburgh and more.
“Whilst it is easy to celebrate the A*/A percentage rising from 50% to 60% this year, we have students at all grades who have deservedly achieved beyond their expectations."
Mr Phill Rudd, Head of Middle School, also said:
"I am absolutely delighted, not only for this exceptional set of results, but also to have had the pleasure of working with such a wonderful group of young people. I look forward to seeing them develop further in our Sixth Form.”