Fantastic results!

FIRST of all, many congratulations to all our A level students!

We had some fantastic results last week – with the borough’s proportion of A* to B grades rising by over five per cent from last year – from 48 per cent to 53.3 per cent. It put us above the national average of 52.7 per cent.

We also hit the 99 per cent mark for the A* to E grades – again exceeding the national average of 98.1 per cent.

As usual there were standout performances by individual schools and colleges. Carmel College saw its proportion of A* to B grades rise to 58.2 per cent, while Cowley, Rainhill and Sutton secondaries celebrated double digit improvements in their A* to B figures.

We were delighted with these outstanding results achieved by our young people – which also showed that St Helens schools and colleges are providing high quality education and, more importantly, that students are supported to achieve their very best.

The hard work and commitment demonstrated by our young people throughout the year cannot be underestimated, and last Thursday was a real celebration of their achievements. Well done to all of them!

WE’VE had a bit of a mini re-shuffle within the council’s Cabinet – following the appointment of Councillor Sue Murphy as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside.

Newton Councillor Jeanie Bell will be joining the Cabinet - taking over as Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing and replacing Councillor Andy Bowden, who moves over to become Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Young People.

Jeanie is an extremely capable and talented councillor and will be an excellent addition to the Cabinet. I look forward to working with her and I know she will get all the support she needs as she settles into her new role.

Andy is already an experienced Councillor and long serving Cabinet member and I know he will continue to work hard when he takes over one of the authority’s most demanding positions - at Children, Families and Young People.

GOOD to see more positive news on the town centre – following on from our announcement that Costa Coffee and Bella Italia are moving on to the West Point site.

Top fashion chain H&M has now confirmed that it plans to open a new store in Church Square Shopping Centre.

It’s taking over the former JJB store – a 14,000 sq ft unit – and will be a welcome addition to the town centre offer.

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