Rainhill Celebrates another excellent year of GCSE results.

Rainhill High School students are celebrating another year of excellent GCSE results for 2019. 20% of all GCSE grades were graded at 9-7 with more students than ever achieving the prestigious grade 9 and the average grade for BTEC Level 2 courses was a distinction. 
Rainhill High School has a strong and consistent record of achievement over time, the 2019 results maintain this strong record despite the continued changes and volatility of exams nationally.  72% achieved the 9-4 in English and Maths and the average grade of all GCSEs is a grade 5.  
Students in Y10 also achieved very highly in GCSE English Literature, with 76% achieving 9-4 and 60% achieving 9-5.
Headteacher, Josie Thorogood says
Congratulations to all our students on their GCSE and vocational results. I am delighted that the hard work of students, teachers and the support of parents has led to such fantastic results. The high quality education and support that students have received, along with their determination and self-belief has really paid off. It means that students have the qualifications and confidence to progress to 6th form, apprenticeships or employment. We are very proud of them all!
Rainhill High School - Grade 9 and Distinction * Superstars include:
  • Emily Dixon 6 grade 9s 
  • Sam Maddison 4 grade 9s
  • Holly Molyneaux 7 grade 9s
  • Carys Myers 4 grade 9s 
  • Ryan Simpkin 3 grade 9s
  • Nathan Rawlinson 2 grade 9s
  • Sarah Roberts 2 grade 9s 
  • Charlie Roberts 1 grade 9
  • Thomas Nelson 1 grade 9
  • Daniel Barrow 2 Distinction *
  • Ella Campbell 2 Distinction *

GCSE Results 2018

This summer Rainhill High School again achieved the highest Progress 8 score of all high schools in St Helens and Knowsley. This places the school near the top of all schools across the entire Liverpool City Region (including selective schools) according the Department for Education performance tables.

This year, an additional 20 GCSEs were graded 9-1 for the first time instead of A* to U. English Language, English Literature and Maths have all been graded 1-9 since 2017. The   challenges   presented by the new and more demanding specifications  have been met by teacher and students alike.

  • 72% of Rainhill High school pupils achieved at least a grade 4 in English and Maths, which is equivalent to the old grade C. This is well above the national average. 26% of all English results were grades 9-7 (old GCSE Grade A+ or A*)
  • 25% of all Maths results were grades 9-7. All are again well above national figures.The new Grade 9 was available across all GCSEs. They are only awarded if a student’s marks in a GCSE are in the top 2% in the whole country. In total 101 grade 9s were awarded to Rainhill students. This covered 32 different students, including the amazing Joe Brabin who was awarded grade 9s in every subject. He is now doing A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths at Rainhill Sixth Form.

Given this excellent set of results, it is no wonder that so many of this year group stayed on for the Sixth Form, to take advantage of the small class sizes, excellent A-Level results and personalised approach.

Mrs Thorogood, Head of School. 


GCSE Headlines

  • Rainhill High school has improved its ‘standard pass’ which is up to 72%, we have maintained our ‘good pass’ at 50% rates in English and Maths and remain well above the national average, on all DfE performance measures.
  • 16% of students achieved grades 9-7 (similar to A*/A) in English and Maths. Brilliant!
  • 26% of all English results were grades 9-7, 66% were grades 9-5 and 84% were at grades 9-4. All are well above national figures.
  • 25% of all Maths results were grades 9-7, 57% were grades 9-5 and 76% were at grades 9-4. All are well above national figures.
  • 41 entries in Maths, English Languages or English literature were at the very challenging grade 9, an improvement on 2017. An amazing achievement!
  • Experts had predicted that only 200 students would get the new top grade, a grade 9 under the new numerical GCSE grading system in England. Joe Brabin achieved a grade 9 in every subject he sat , one of only  700 students in England to do so.
  • 30% of Year 11 achieved the EBACC, well above the National figure.  
  • Subjects across the curriculum performed very strongly indeed including Art Textiles, Photography, Art Graphics, Drama and Performing Arts, PE, Design Technology – Catering, Textiles, Resistant Materials, History, Spanish, German, Biology, Chemistry, Dance, Construction, Media Studies and Sociology.

The Department for Education performance tables for schools in England has been published. They include the new progress 8 measure with a focus on the best 8 GCSE results including English and Maths and A-Level progress scores. Rainhill High School is delighted to confirm that it has improved outcomes again in 2018 for its students both at GCSE and A-Level.

Rainhill Sixth Form is also delighted to announce that it is the highest performing school based 6th form for A-Levels in the area, performing above other students nationally with similar GCSE starting points.  In addition to this, those studying applied and technical courses perform well above other similar students nationally. 

Mr John Pout, Executive Principal said “these results are testament to the hard work, effort and commitment of the students throughout their time with us. The teachers and support staff do an outstanding job - we are very proud of them all and will continue to make sure that the time students spend with us is enjoyable, rewarding and leads onto great things in their future.”

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