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GCSE Results - Darwen Vale High School

Darwen Vale High School Principal Matthew Little said this morning; “I am delighted to be able to congratulate the Darwen Vale Class of 2021 on their amazing results. Once more our year 11 students have been faced with an unprecedented challenge and deserve their hard-earned success. In their formal school-based “mock” examinations in November they secured the best mock results we have ever had as a school. We were confident that this year group would secure new record-breaking exam success at Vale. This group of young people worked tremendously hard in lessons; whether they were “live” or online”, at weekends and in their period 6 time to ensure that they were thoroughly prepared They absolutely deserve their fantastic grades.

The consistent improvements in attainment at Vale over the last 4 years bolster our reputation for academic excellence, with over 70% of students now gaining a secure pass in both English and maths. This should serve as inspiration for the current class of 2022 to build on these GCSE successes and go on to even greater achievements.

Special mentions must go to our top achievers: 

  • Emily Smith who achieved straight Grade 9s in English Language, English Literature, Maths, Triple Science and History and Media Studies
  • Our Deputy Head boy; Lewis Edmundson who secured a grade 9 and 8 in English Language and English Literature respectively, two grade 9s in Combined Science and a further Distinction * in Performing Arts. Lewis gained grade 8s in History and Media Studies
  • Katie Chen who gained a Grade 9 in both English Language and Literature, a Grade 9 in History. Katie also achieved grade 8s in Biology, Chemistry and French.
  • Eve Broughton achieved Grade 9 in English Language, Literature, Combined Science and Geography. Eve gained grade 8s in Maths, Geography, Art and Art photography.
  • Last but certainly not least, our Deputy Head boy Liam Blyth gained Grades 9 in English Language, English Literature, Maths, Combined Science, History, a distinction * in BTEC sport and a grade 8 in French.


Another special mention should go to all of our year 11 students who have been hit hard with two lockdowns and an incredible amount of lost learning time through self-isolation due to Covid, shielding, or being a close contact. Their achievement in the face of adversity should not be underestimated. One example of this is Gabby Walton from year 11 who managed to secure a progress score that is a full grade across 8 subjects better than her primary scores suggested she should get, despite missing in total over 16 weeks of her year 11 in school education. A real testament to Gabby and all of our students resilience.


Well done to the class of 2021 – you absolutely deserve it!