THE head teacher at Wilmslow High School has praised the 'determination and resilience' of her students as they celebrate their GCSE results.

Year 11 pupils returned to the Holly Road school on Thursday last week to collect their grades.

This year, efforts have been made in England to return grading to pre-pandemic levels, meaning, nationally, there was a reduction in the number of students receiving top grades – at least a 7 (A grade or above).

However, the number of students awarded top grades remains higher than the equivalent figure for 2019 – before the pandemic.

Wilmslow High School head teacher Ruth Powley said: "We are incredibly proud of our year 11 2023 cohort which is celebrating a great set of results.

"This is another year group which has had to deal with significant disruption to their education and so, as with our year 13 students, we really feel the determination and resilience of all our students deserves particular recognition and celebration.  

"To our year 11 class of 2023: we loved working with you through the exam preparation programme and we’re really proud of what you have achieved.

"We know that so many of you worked so hard to achieve these grades, and you absolutely deserve to celebrate your success. We are also delighted to welcome so many of you back to our sixth form.

"As usual, most of our students will continue with us into our sixth form, and we are really looking forward to welcoming them in September.

"We also want to wish those students well who are leaving us for the world of further education and employment. Do keep in touch with us."