December 2017: Praise for Class of 2017 as Head calls for an end to politics in education

HEADTEACHER, Mr Jackson called for an end to politics in education and for a cross party approach.
At our recent GCSE Awards Evening, Mr Jackson cited the education system in South Africa as an example, and said: “We need to follow the lead of other countries to create a shared vision for education to 2030.
“The Class of 2017 sat reformed GCSEs in English and maths, which were very different to previous GCSEs in those subjects.
“They received grades 9-1, rather than A*-G and the new exams are still very different to the GCSE examinations that students sat in 2014.
“There are now no modular tests, no re-sits, there are toughened specifications and marking criteria in a number of subjects.”
He praised our students who achieved some excellent GCSE results including 75 per cent who achieved a standard pass or above in both English and Maths and 51 per cent achieving a strong pass in those subjects.
Mr Jackson said: “On behalf of the all the students I would like to thank the staff at Haslingden High School for not only the high quality of their teaching, but also the dedication and commitment to our students, and being prepared to go that extra mile in providing so many additional opportunities beyond the classroom.”
Former student Megan Eastwood, Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative Project Manager, was guest speaker and presented the awards.

Special Awards
The Eve Challinger Award for KS4 Top Achiever, Charlotte Chaplin and Molly Corless; The Headteacher’s Award, Kieran Jefferson; The Rotary Club of Rossendale Award, Caitlin Abbott; The PTFA Prize for Good Sportsmanship, Beth McDonald; The Edith McCarthy Prize for Cheerful Endeavour, Sam Ainsworth; The Gemma Turner Award for Contributions to the Performing Arts, Miranda Markham; The Mary Wilson Music Award for Outstanding Achievement, James Turner; The Matthew Densfield Award for Contribution to the Music Department, Lauren Heywood Clough.