Super stories of exam successes; Knowsley.
SOME remarkable success stories emerged from students collecting their GCSE results in Knowsley - including a Polish teenager who learned English and passed her exams in just three years.
Across Knowsley, Lord Derby Academy, in Huyton, achieved a 9% point increase on last year, while Kirkby High achieved a 3% rise.
St Edmund Arrowsmith, in Whiston, was also celebrating an increase in performance, with the number of pupils gaining a Grade 4 and above in both English and maths rising 1.5% points.
Victoria Zienkiewicz, a pupil at Lord Derby, came to the UK from her home near the border between Poland and Russia.
The 16-year-old could not speak a word of English, but, with the help of Polishspeaking staff at the school, is now fluent and has achieved between Grades 4-6 in the sciences, history, French, Polish and drama.
Another Lord Derby success story came via youngest pupil in the year Megan Hindley, who started school life frustrated and struggling to keep up, due to a form of dyslexia.
But, with extra support from teachers and a dedicated "scribe", Megan scored top marks, including a Grade 7 in food and nutrition and a 6 in maths.
She told the ECHO: "I am so happy and amazed with what I have got, I never thought I could get what I have. I was overwhelmed, I cried because I was so happy with myself."
The school's top performer was Charlie Alexander, 16, from West Derby, who pulled off a remarkable seven Grade 9s, the highest possible mark, as well as two Grade 8s.
Head teacher at Lord Derby Academy, Victoria Gowan, said: "We are delighted that the results reflected hard work, dedication and ambition of our pupils and the whole school community."