Helsby High School GCSE successes 2016

in Featured | By Mr S Edwards,

Helsby High School students have yet again done themselves, their parents, and the school, proud by achieving an excellent set of GCSE results this summer.

Provisional analysis indicates that 80% of students have achieved at least 5 A*-C grades, which is the highest performance in recent years. It is very pleasing to note that over 99.5% of students achieved at least five A*-G grades.

Mr John Dowler, Headteacher, praised students and recognised the contribution made by Helsby’s staff and the students’ families, “We are delighted that the hard work of our students has been reflected in the results that they have achieved. There have been many outstanding performances in both achievement and progress. A fantastic number of students achieved at the very highest level. Equally pleasing is the number of students who have made excellent progress since joining Helsby High School and have achieved a set of GCSE results beyond expectation. I would like to thank our staff for their commitment and dedication, and the students’ families for their support. We would like to wish the class of 2016 well for the future.”

Particular congratulations go to the 45 students who have achieved at least 5 A* or A grades, and the 22 students who achieved 8 or more A* or A grades, in their examinations.

The first photograph shows some of the students who achieved 5 or more A* and A grades. Particular recognition goes to the following students who achieved 10 A/ A*grades: G Atherton, F Duff, R Kilborn, S Parry and A Pendlebury.

The second photograph is of some of the students who have made exceptional progress. From left to right: Mustafa, Jo, Pip and Emily.

The final photograph is of twins Becky and Luke who amassed an amazing 17A*/ A grades between them.

Helsby High School A-Level Students Triumph Once Again

This year’s exceptional results are a testament to the hard work and commitment of Helsby’s students and staff who deserve congratulations for their outstanding performance. Students of all abilities have made very good progress enabling many of them to take advantage of their first choice university places and modern apprenticeships. 27 students achieved 2 A*/A grades or better and, of those, there were 17 students who achieved 3 A*/A grades or better. Exceptional performances include: Dan Burnett, who will be reading Physics at Durham with 2 A* and 3 A grades, Sylvia Hayes, who will be reading Geography at Exeter with 3 A* grades, Ellen Cropley, who will be reading History at Oxford with 3 A grades and Andrew Gillott, who will be reading Mechanical with Automotive Engineering at Bath, also with 3 A* grades.

We wish all our students, who have worked so hard to achieve such an excellent set of results, every success with their future endeavours.

Mr John Dowler, Headteacher, paid tribute to the impressive determination and phenomenal achievements of our students,

I am proud that, yet again, young people from Helsby High School have achieved an admirable set of A-Level exam results in 2016. Students of all abilities have made excellent progress during their time in the Sixth Form.

We are very pleased with the successes of all students, which are a reflection of their hard work and commitment, as well as the dedication of our staff and the support of their families. Some students have achieved an exceptional set of grades and we are thrilled that so many Helsby students continue to achieve the top grades at A-Level.

Our young people have contributed so much to the school during their time with us and I am sure that they will use their wide range of skills and academic qualifications to achieve further success in the future.”


Picture: Some of the 17 Helsby High School Sixth Form students who achieved 3 or more A*/A grades
this summer



From left to right, with the subjects they studied

Back: Matthew Nield – Geography, Psychology and Sociology, Tom Vaughan – Maths, Further Maths and Physics, Sylvia Hayes – Geography, Maths and Psychology, Scott Jones – Biology, Chemistry and Maths, Faye Wetherall – Art, Geography and Sociology, Kate Lancaster – Geography, Government and Politics and Psychology, Millie Newall – Biology, Chemistry and Psychology

Front: Laura Stock-Caldwell – Maths, Further Maths and Physics, Matt Kilborn – Chemistry, Maths and Physics, Tara Desert – Biology, Chemistry and Maths, Anna Williams – Geography, Psychology and Sociology, Ella Hart – Biology, French and Maths

School Uniform Shop

The School Uniform Shop will be closed throughout the Summer Holidays and will re-open as follows:

  • Monday 5th September 2016 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Tuesday 6th September 2016 10:00am – 12:00 mid-day

Orders for uniform placed online after school closes on the 20th July 2016 can be collected either by you or your child on either of the above dates or by your child on Wednesday 7th September 2016.

During term time the shop will open:

  • Monday 1:15pm – 2:00pm

During term time, orders for uniform placed online using the school’s online payment system will be dealt with the following working day and given to your child.

GCE Year 13 & GCSE Year 11 Results Day

GCE Results Day is Thursday 18th August 2016. Year 13 students can collect their results from 8.00am onwards in the Breakout Space. Year 12 students are welcome to come into school from 9.00am onwards.

GCSE Results Day is Thursday 25th August 2016. Year 11 students can collect results from 9.00am in the Breakout Space. Year 10 students can collect results from 10.00am onwards.

Year 12 and 13 pupils who took a GCSE English or Maths resit will receive this result on Thursday 25th August 2016.

If a student is not able to come into school to collect their results themselves there are a number of options:

1. Write a letter giving permission for someone to collect their results on their behalf. The person collecting the results must be named in the letter and the letter must be signed by the student.

2. Results can be sent by email. If you have not already informed the school that you would like your results to be emailed, please contact Mrs Walker using rwalker@helsbyhigh.org.uk and confirm the email address you would like your results sending to.

3. Results can also be posted to you. Please ensure the Exams Office has a self-addressed, stamped envelope from you ready to do this. You should send an envelope into school in the post clearly marked for the Exams Office in time for the Results Days.

Y12 Physics visit to Daresbury

The visit gave us a great insight into the opportunities that our Physics A-level could provide for us in terms of further study and future careers, but also in relating what we have learned this year to the real world – such as at the careers fair, where many major local employers had stands with demonstrations. One of my personal favourites was the Unilever stand, where they showed us how they alter the viscosity of their shampoos to make them appropriate for consumer use, as we had learnt about viscosity in class but hadn’t dwelled too much on how an understanding of this property could be useful in the real world. There was something for everyone at the careers fair (including some live birds of prey!), and several students pointed this out as the highlight of their day.

The day began with a presentation on the history of the atom and the various discoveries that lead us to our understanding of the atom as we know it today. We were told about the major steps taken so far towards figuring out what was inside of an atom and how it worked – from the experiments conducted (using particle accelerators like the ones they have on site – ALICE and EMMA, which we had tours of later in the day) to the adaptations that had to be made to existing theories to accommodate for the new data. It was interesting learning about some of the history of physics, and many in the class were intrigued by the lecturer’s views on quarks and the Higgs boson in particular.

Afterwards, we were shown an electron microscope and saw a demonstration of how it is used to look at samples in great detail. We were also given a tour of the particle accelerators ALICE and EMMA, and given a brief explanation of how they work and how they are used for testing.

In the afternoon, we attended a workshop on detecting radiation from samples to identify their contents and walked around some more stalls which gave us information about studying physics and its related subjects at university, but also had some fun interactive demonstrations as well, such as the Van de Graff generator, marshmallows in a vacuum and a demonstration with liquid nitrogen (which is used to cool parts of the particle accelerators).

Students in the class liked how “hands on” the day was and how each activity was explained well, with a good demonstration given of some of the equipment that is used at the laboratories. One of the students summarised the day by saying that “[the] great variety of activities focusing on a range of different skills brought out the scientist in me”.

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