GCSE Results Day 2021: Carr Hill High School in Kirkham celebrates 72% standard pass rate in Maths and English

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Carr Hill High School in Kirkham has praised its Year 11 pupils for their commitment to learning as almost three-quarters achieve a standard pass in both maths and English.


Overall, 72 per cent of pupils at Carr Hill, in Royal Avenue, Kirkham, received a grade of 4 or higher in both Maths and English.

Some 83 per cent of pupils achieved grade four or higher in English, and 75 per cent achieved grade four or higher in Maths.

Some 53 per cent of pupils received Grade five or higher in both Maths and English.

Carr Hill pupils celebrate their GCSE successes. Pic: Carr Hill High SchoolCarr Hill pupils celebrate their GCSE successes. Pic: Carr Hill High School

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Andrew Waller, headteacher, said: “All the staff at Carr Hill High School are very proud of the achievements of our Year 11. These students have had the most challenging two years and thoroughly deserve the results they have achieved today which reflect hard work and commitment, especially through the rigorous assessment period of the final few months.

“These grades genuinely reflect the performance of students across their years of study and will open doors for them as they prepare for the next stage of their lives. We wish all our students every success as they move on to college and apprenticeships.”

“Parents enjoyed taking photos and celebrating with their children, including proud parents of twin boys who are turning 16 today. Other parents were beaming with pride and recognising the achievements of their sons and daughters in difficult circumstances.

“Many are looking forward to celebrating their success over the coming days and weeks, enjoying the last of the summer holidays before moving onto local colleges, Sixth Forms and apprenticeships in the new academic year.

“The Carr Hill community wishes them all the very best for the future – massive congratulations and well done for all the hard work.”


GCSE Results Day 2021: A fifth of Rossall School Year 11s bag top grade 9

Rossall School in Fleetwood celebrated almost all subjects, including English, Maths and Science, being passed at grade seven or above on GCSE Results Day.


Over 55 per cent of all entries awarded were a grade 7 or above at the school in Broadway, Fleetwood, with a fifth of all grades achieving the top grade nine.

Pupils studying Art, Latin and enrichment subjects including Ancient Greek, Business Studies and Mandarin all achieved 100 per cent of their grades being 7 – 9.

Headteacher Jeremy Quartermain said “During this most difficult of years, Rossallians have excelled in every regard. These outstanding results are attributable to the indomitable spirit of our pupils and their teachers.

Rossall School celebrates top grades for GCSE Results Day 2021. Pic: Rossall SchoolRossall School celebrates top grades for GCSE Results Day 2021. Pic: Rossall School

“World-class teaching and the high aspirations and strong work ethic of our pupils serve to set Rossall apart as a unique community in this part of the UK.

“A burgeoning pupil, top-class academic results and sporting success on a national and international stage means that we will remain the obvious choice for families who want excellence within a compassionate and warm community.”

A significant proportion of the cohort achieved nothing less than a grade 7 this summer and with such a strong set of grades, backed up by excellent performance in rigorous examinations, pupils are looking forward to the start of their courses at Rossall Sixth Form.

Alice Christy achieved nine grade nines, a grade 8 and an A* in her Higher Project Qualification which was a detailed study of gender identity.

She said, “I am staying at Rossall to do my A Levels in chemistry, Biology, Maths and Psychology. I then hope to go on to study Medicine at university and ultimately train to become a doctor.”

Kai Wagner’s 12 GCSEs, all at grade 7 or above, were “a testament to his intellectual curiosity and determination to make the most of academic opportunities available on and off timetable,” Rossall staff said.

Among his grade eights and nines, Kai was most proud of his grade seven in Astronomy, a notoriously challenging subject offered in only a handful of UK schools that prepares pupils successfully for academically rigorous courses in theoretical physics.

He said, “I am very happy to have the opportunity to continue my education in Rossall, starting next year. I’ll be studying the IB with the subject Maths AA, Physics, Geography, History, German, and English, with the hope of studying Mathematics or Astrophysics at university.”

Sherman Wong joined Rossall school from Hong Kong at the start of Year 11.

Along with his commitment to football through the Rossall Football programme throughout the year, he also achieved a strong set of GCSE grades in nine subjects.

Sherman will be taking up BTEC Sport at Rossall in combination with Businesa s Studies A-level and the EPQ qualification.


New drive-thru coffee shop proposed on site of closed down Blackpool Pizza Hut

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A new coffee shop with a drive-thru, indoor seating area and car park could be set up on the site of a closed down fast food restaurant.


The proposed coffee shop off Cherry Tree Road North

The proposed coffee shop off Cherry Tree Road North

A planning application has been submitted to Blackpool Council for the demolition of the old Pizza Hut on Cornelian Way, and the building of a new restaurant at what is known locally as ‘Fat Man’s Corner’.

A number of takeaways already operate in the area, located at the crossroads between Cherry Tree Road and Preston New Road, including KFC, McDonalds, Sprinkles, Subway, Jaflong and Sweet N Sour.

The proposed new restaurant, if approved, will be smaller than the existing Pizza Hut, with a proposed internal floor area of 205.1sqm, downsized from 332.4sqm.

“The form of the development is in keeping with the scale and proportions associated with the neighbouring properties. The unit is based on a regular plan and the proportion of the facades provide a contemporary style building, single storey compact building, designed to provide a simple and functional operation for all customers and staff.

“The new building is also significantly smaller in height than the existing unit with a much simpler roof outline. This new roof arrangement will improve site lines and visual amenity to neighbouring properties particularly the residential properties on Preston New Road.”


GCSE Results Day 2021: Fleetwood High School headteacher praises pupils’ support for each other

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Fleetwood High School pupils received their GCSE results today – but as well as their academic achievements, the school’s headteacher commended their kindness and compassion.


Richard Barnes, headteacher at the school, in Broadway, said: “While we are celebrating so many students securing so many impressive sets of results, I think it is important that we look past the outcomes. These students have had to show tremendous resilience and determination. A lot has been asked of them, and we are delighted that so many of them are celebrating today.”

Pupils Tegan Hood, Aleks Bogdeva, Ben Darwin and Viktoria Byutulyuneva all performed “exceptionally well,” staff said, and have secured the grades that they need to follow their chosen destinations at college.

Tegan will take Psychology and Law, Aleks will take Maths, Psychology and Law and Ben will be taking Engineering.

Fleetwood High School Year 11s celebrate their GCSE results. Pic: JPI MediaFleetwood High School Year 11s celebrate their GCSE results. Pic: JPI Media

Viktoria was delighted to get both her English and her Maths, allowing her to move towards a career in teaching, teachers said.

Mr Barnes continued: “All our students have been so impressive. They have achieved as individuals, but what I take the most pride in is that they have worked together as a group to support one another. They have shown real kindness and compassion – and for that alone they deserve every accolade that we can bestow upon them.

“They are an extraordinary group of young people, who have been through an extraordinary experience. I would also like to thank and acknowledge my colleagues. All of the staff, from the teachers through to our brilliant cleaners, have played a role in helping today be one that will live in the memory.

“It has been a collective effort where everyone has done more than has been asked of them. While today is rightly about our pupils, every member of community should look at the smiles we are seeing and take a huge amount of satisfaction from that

Victoria Byutyuneva was shocked with her results... in a good way! Pic: Daniel Martino/JPI MediaVictoria Byutyuneva was shocked with her results… in a good way! Pic: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

Tegan Hood celebrates her results. Pic: JPI Media

Tegan Hood celebrates her results. Pic: JPI Media


Blackpool hits back at ‘sensational’ tabloid claims of drug users cooking heroin at school gates

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Sandgrownuns have come to the defence of their hometown following a ‘sensational’ article in The Sun which claimed drug users cooked heroin at Blackpool school gates.


People say the problems faced by Blackpool can be found all over the country

People say the problems faced by Blackpool can be found all over the country

In a recent article, the tabloid claimed ‘dealers are delivering drugs by e-scooter in Blackpool as users take heroin and cocaine in front of children going to school’.

But Blackpool Council said it had received no reports of any such activity going on in the town.

Dr Arif Rajpura, Blackpool Council’s director of Public health, said: “We are aware of a national newspaper allegation that drug use was observed by a member of the public around a school but we have no knowledge of any such incident but together with our police colleagues we would obviously take a zero tolerance stance against any such behaviour.”

A sunny day on Blackpool PromenadeA sunny day on Blackpool Promenade

Blackpool Council leader Lynn Williams hit back at the report, which called the resort a ‘drug death capital’ where ‘wraps of heroin are being traded for just £10’.

Drug use remains a problem in the resort, with 42 people dying as a result of a drug overdose last year – the highest drug related death rate in England and Wales.

But Coun Williams said schemes such as the ADDER project, which brought police and treatment services together, were being used to tackle addiction.

She said: “We know it’s an issue and we have to resolve it. It’s highlighted unfortunately in seaside towns and a lot comes back down to the health issues associated with living in sub-standard accommodation.

But others agreed that the town was in dire need of improvementBut others agreed that the town was in dire need of improvement

“But articles like this one are lazy journalism if they are produced without having a conversation with people like our director of public health Dr Arif Rajpura about the work which is being done.

“It’s headline grabbing, but if they were interested, they would find out about what we are doing to resolve issues.

“And national government is taking notice of what we are doing, but that doesn’t make a good headline.”

Conservative leader coun Tony Williams said: “Drug use in Blackpool does happen, but it’s not just Blackpool – it’s all over the country. The access and availability of drugs means big money for some people, and that’s what is driving it.

“I do think that we have a serious problem here in Blackpool, and it needs to be sorted. Firstly we need to cut the supply, if we cut the supply we stop the trade – but for as long as there is money to be made, these people will persist.”

Coun Williams said he will meet with new police and crime commissioner Andrew James Snowden next week to discuss the fight against the illegal drug trade in the area.

He added: “We are an easy target for sensational headlines. We are Britain’s most popular tourist destination, so anything you see in Blackpool will get a headline. But this problem is rife throughout the whole of the country.

“We receive attention because we are a popular place, everybody knows us. We’re a famous town and we do get pinpointed because of that, though it’s a national problem. But my focus is Blackpool, and what we can do here to get rid of people who trade in misery.

“I would like to see much tougher action in Blackpool.”

Blackpool residents offered their own opinions about the article, which also looked at poverty and the town’s low life expectancy compared to other parts of the country.

Chris Webb, chair of trustees for Counselling in the Community, said: “Sadly when the town has had £1.2b ripped away since 2010 these shocking statistics are the consequence.

“Our town has some amazing people, charities and local businesses trying to improve it but we need proper long term support nationally to combat the issues of homelessness, health and life expectancy, unemployment, drug and alcohol addiction in Blackpool.

“These can’t be left to a Council still having to make cuts and functioning with less than half the income it receives from the Government than 10 years ago.”


Life expectancy in Blackpool is low compared to other parts of the county, with men on average making it to 74-and-a-half years of age, while women reach 79-and-a-half. More than a third of the town’s residents die before the age of 75.

Health risk factors, including smoking, and alcohol, are ‘prevalent in coastal towns’ according to a report published last month by Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty. He said: “Coastal areas are some the most beautiful, vibrant and historic places in the country. They also have some of the worst health outcomes with low life expectancy and high rates of many major diseases.

These communities have often been overlooked by governments and the ill-health hidden because their outcomes are merged with wealthier inland areas.

“If we do not tackle the health problems of coastal communities vigorously and systematically there will be a long tail of preventable ill health which will get worse as current populations age.”

The report found that 23.4 per cent of Blackpool adults smoke, rising to 37 per cent in adults with routine or manual jobs.

Indicators of poor diet, excess weight, alcohol use and physical activity are also significantly worse than the national average.

Dr Ben Butler-Reid, a GP at Highfield Surgery in Blackpool and clinical director for NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG, said: “The Fylde coast is similar to other areas highlighted in the report and struggles to attract the same number of staff as inland areas.

“There are a number of strategies in place to improve the number of new starters, as well as retention schemes for existing staff, but this is against a background of national health and care staff shortages. Health and care partners continue to work collaboratively to improve staffing levels, in partnership with local colleges and universities.

“The burden of physical and mental health issues for people living on the Fylde Coast, as in other coastal areas, has been well recognised as this report makes clear. The North West has attracted increased funding specifically to deal with improvements in preventative health to reduce health inequities and this is a key priority for the local health system and primary care networks.”

Dr Arif Rajpura said: “Blackpool has followed the national trend and sadly seen an increase in drug related deaths.

“Blackpool is one of the areas taking part in the Project ADDER (Addiction, Diversion, Disruption, Enforcement and Recovery) pilot, a collaboration between the council, the police and our colleagues in local health services. This three-year project is heavily based on health intervention and will bolster the treatment and recovery services already in place across the authority. As a council, our role in this project is to provide support across a number of areas, including mental health, housing, employment and treatment.

“We are hopeful that this project will make a real impact on people’s dependence on substances and support their journey to recovery.”


Celia Hughes: “I lived in Blackpool and loved the place and the people. Every place has its dark side, the good side, the nice side, the wholesome side, the sense of community just doesn’t make for a “good story” does it. Its so easy to sensationalise and play on all the negative stereotypes. Must have been a slow news day, just rubbish journalism. Shameful.”

Billy Mellor: “Love going to and staying in Blackpool and have done for years. Like everywhere else it has its problems but the good things definitely outweigh the bad, and anyway who in their right mind buys or reads The Sun?”

Joan Kelly: “There’s a dark side to every city or town, not just Blackpool. I live in the centre of Blackpool, it does have a problem but nothing beats coming out looking to my left and the top of the Tower is looking back, I’ll never change it for anything, I love it.”

Debbie Lamb: “No matter where you live there is a bad side. I lived in Blackpool for a long, long time and never once experienced trouble.”

Rose Lyne: “I lived here all my life, born and bred, and I wouldn’t want to have been born anywhere else. but I wish people would start to respect and be proud of Blackpool and instead of complaining about it, do something about it.”

John Whitehouse: “Unfortunately the article is true and highlights very real problems that do exist in the town that our council keeps trying to sweep under the carpet rather than trying to fix.”

Chanel Jennings: “Blackpool IS dark and dinghy and gross. Majority of people who live here HATE what it has become. Even the sea is grim, it’s brown.”

Rooftop10k among charity challenges for Blackpool firm marking its 25th year in business

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Staff at a Blackpool construction specialist are to celebrate the firm’s 25th year by trying to raise £25,000 to honour our NHS heroes.


Employees of building services engineering company, Ameon are to celebrate the company’s milestone year by undertaking 25 fundraising challenges.

They are aiming to raise a minimum of £25,000 under an initiative they have called ‘Ameon 25’ and the firm has agreed to match any funds raised by its employees during the execution of the 25 fundraising activities.

The Whitehills-based firm has guaranteed £25,000 minimum to be divided between NHS Charities and Brian House Children’s Hospice in Blackpool; although it believes more will be raised.

Steve McCourt from Ameon, who will be taking on a 10k charity challenge... on a rooftopSteve McCourt from Ameon, who will be taking on a 10k charity challenge… on a rooftop

A spokesman said: “Rather than stage a lavish bash, now that restrictions are ending, management and employees decided to dedicate the 25th anniversary to those in frontline jobs who have worked tirelessly to save lives throughout the pandemic.”

Already in the diary are a unique triathlon event to be undertaken by Ameon’s directors; the Manchester marathon, being run by a first-timer; a fire walk, and what is being billed as the

first rooftop 10K, to be run on the dedicated rooftop running track, 150 feet above the traffic in Manchester city centre, at the newly completed Vox apartment development in Cornbrook.

The run is to be undertaken by Ameon’s principal commercial manager, Steve McCourt, who oversaw the completion of the company’s part of the construction contract on the building.

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Steve’s run is all the more remarkable because, having broken his back in a fall 25 years ago, it wasn’t clear that he would be ever be able to take on such a challenge or even walk unaided.

However he put his recovery down to the dedicated staff of the NHS and now dedicates his run to them, and others in the service that have helped achieve miracles for countless thousands during the Covid crisis.

Ameon 25 kicks off with the rooftop 10K, in association with Vox, on Saturday, September 11, which will involve 83 laps of the 120-metre long, two-lane track, which boasts the distraction of scenic views across the new Manchester skyline and the Pennines beyond.


Preston and Blackpool young thieves hurled Creme Eggs at shop staff as they target store twice in the same night

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Two teenage boys and a girl have admitted their involvement in two thefts the same night at a city shop.


The trio targeted the Spar on Water Lane, Preston, and helped each other to steal several bottles of alcohol on February 6 last year.

Adelaide Rose O’Kane, 18, of St Thomas Road, Preston, Jordan Peter Beevers, 22, of Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston, and Corey Swaine, 18, of Warbreck Hill Road, Blackpool, all admit two counts of theft of alcohol.

The sentences of Beevers and Swaine were adjourned to October 14 to allow a pre sentence report to be prepared, and they were granted unconditional bail.

Spar on Water Lane, PrestonSpar on Water Lane, Preston

O’Kane was sentenced to a two year community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement and curfew.

Prosecuting, Charles Brown said shortly before 9.30pm a female worker saw O’Kane come into the shop.

He added: “She walked round the back to the wine display and then started to take bottles of wine. She put a bottle of wine into her bag.

“She then picked up two more.

“In the meantime the two males came into the shop and they obstructed store staff who were shouting at her to stop.

“The next incident took place just before 11pm. The same three people plus another girl came back in. ”

The court heard the two men walked in front of the counter and demanded drink.

Mr Brown said: “Because of their attitude he was frightened – he said they could take it but he wouldn’t give it to them. The men took two bottles of vodka.

“As this was happening the girls went to the wine counter and took wine.”

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In all the teenagers stole £131 of alcohol including 13 bottles of wine, and one offender hurled Creme Eggs at staff as they left the shop.

O’Kane, who has six convictions for 13 offences including shoplifting, criminal damage and assault, later admitted her guilt in a prepared statement to police.

Recorder Philip Grundy said: ” You’re almost 19 years of age.

“The two visits resulted in two bottles of vodka and 13 bottles of wine being stolen

“Fortunately nobody was hurt.”

Preston Crown Court heard Beevers had been attacked in jail and spent time in hospital since the proceedings started.


Blackpool families sought to offer foster care to mums and babies

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Foster carers are being sought in Blackpool – not just for children, but also for new mums and their infants.


A campaign to encouraging more people to come forward and apply to become a mother and baby foster carer for Blackpool Council has been launched.

The fostering service is looking for families to provide a safe and supportive environment for a vulnerable mum and baby.

The service said such foster carers will make a real difference to parents and their child and keep families together.

Coun Jim HobsonCoun Jim Hobson

They would be a positive role model and help a struggling new parent establish a healthy routine and a happy bond with their baby. As a specialist role these foster carers get a weekly allowance of up to £750, plus professional and emotional support.

Mother and baby foster carers get training and a full package of support from Blackpool Council with regular carer groups, peer mentors for new carers and an out of hours advice line.

The length of time a foster carer is needed to support a mother and her baby can vary from 20 weeks to a longer period of time.

Coun Jim Hobson, inset, Blackpool Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Our aim is to keep families together where possible which is why we are asking people to come forward and consider becoming a mother and baby foster carer.

“If you have parenting experience to share then your experiences and skills mean that you’ll be able to make a real difference to help support new families. If you think that you could help make a difference to the lives of a new mum and baby, please get in touch with us.”

A series of free drop-in events for people thinking about fostering are taking place throughout the next few months at Blackpool Sports Centre and Parks Art Deco Café in Stanley Park.

The informal events provide potential foster carers with the opportunity to find out everything they need to know, including the chance to ask foster carers as well as the fostering recruitment team any questions they may have.

For more visit www.blackpoolfostering.com or call 01253 420222.