Trio of Leyland schools are top of county class

Pleased: Jo Venn at Balshaw's High School
Pleased: Jo Venn at Balshaw's High School

Three Leyland schools are among the top performing 30 in Lancashire.

Bishop Rawstorne C of E Language College, Balshaw’s C of E High School, and Leyland St Mary’s Catholic Technology College were all included in the prestigious list of the best schools in the county.

Hot on their heels were other Leyland schools, Wellfield Business and Enterprise College and Worden Sports College.

Bishop Rawstorne came out top, ranking 8th in the league table.

Balshaw’s came 25th with their excellent performance in the 2010 GCSE’s meaning they saw 66 per cent of pupils gaining five or more A* to C grades, including Maths and English.

Headteacher Jo Venn says the success is down to focusing on pupils as individuals.

She said: “Like every school in South Ribble we believe that every child matters and we aim to target what is best for every individual regardless of ability.

“As a specialist engineering college we are delighted that out opportunities and achievements in maths, science and technology particularly, have attracted national recognition.

“This together with our Arts Mark for excellence - particularly in such events as the Shakespeare School Festival, Lions regional arts competition and multitude of sporting achievements, ensure that there is something for everyone.”

Narrowly missing out beating Balshaw’s off their spot was Leyland St Mary’s Catholic Techonoly College, who came 26th in the county.

They also saw 66 per cent of pupils gain five or more A* to C grades, including Maths and English.

Headteacher Mike Wright said: “These fantastic results are a tribute to the energy, enthusiasm and character of our pupils. They were a very dedicated year group and their examination success tells only a small part of the story. Each pupil contributed to a friendly school and positive atmosphere at the school.

“There were many individual success stories to celebrate, from those achieving the astonishing feat of gaining 11 A* grades at GCSE, to others who have achieved fantastic results in very difficult circumstances.”