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. 


A-Level Results 2018

Rainhill Sixth formers have achieved another set of fantastic A-Level results with a third of all entries achieving top grades and many Russell group university places secured. 

Results day saw many elated students receiving grades to get them into their first choice universities or their chosen apprenticeships. 

Overall, 13% of A-Level entries achieved A* or A grades, a increase on 2017 results and with 8 students achieving 3 or more A* and A grades in their A-Levels. 47% of all A-Levels taken at Rainhill Sixth Form achieved impressive A* to B grades , an increase on 2017 results and 78% achieved A*-C grades. 

A wide range of A-Level subjects have done extremely well including Fine Art, Theatre Studies, Further Maths, Psychology, RE, Art Graphics, Art Textiles, Biology, Chemistry, English Language, History and Law. 

In addition a wide range of applied general applied and technical subjects have also done well, including, Photography, Dance, Health and Social Care and Creative Media. 

We would again like to congratulate students, staff and the whole school community on these excellent results which are testament to their hard work and determination. 

We look forward to seeing them at the Year 13 Form Presentation afternoon on the 21st December 2.30pm to hear all about their experiences so far.  



  • Art student Emily Jones achieved the highest grade possible in all of her subjects which was the equivalent of 5 A* grades.
  • Laura McCabe – A,A,B in English Language, English Literature and History.  She is now at Newcastle University.
  • Emily Green – A,B,B in History, Economics and Maths, now at the University of Exeter.
  • Jessica Lowe – A,B,B in History, English Literature and Government & Politics, now at the University of Liverpool.
  • Morgan Swift - A,B,B in History, Government and Politics and Law, is now at the University of York. 
  • Liam Barrett - A,B,B in History, Maths and Geography is now at the University of Liverpool.
  • Lucas Bruce - A* in Maths, A in Further Maths and a Merit in Business Studies.  Now studying at Liverpool University.
  • Rachel Wade - A in Geography, A in History and a Distinction* in Health & Social Care.
  • Aimee Arrowsmith – 5 Distinction* grades covering Art Graphics,Photography and Fine Art. Now at the University of Chester.