PUPILS across Winsford and Middlewich have seen their hard work pay off as they received their GCSE results.

And it's not just the pupils who were jumping for joy – teachers and family members were on hand to offer their congratulations to the Class of 2021.

Richard Hicks, vice principal at Winsford Academy, said: "Congratulations to all our students here at Winsford Academy in securing their GCSE and vocational results today.

"We are immensely proud of their achievements and they reflect their hard work, effort and ambitions.

"The commitment and dedication shown by our teachers has ensured that our students are well prepared for their next challenges.

"Our results over recent years exemplify our drive to deliver the highest possible standards and outcomes for young people in the Winsford community.

"We want our students to take pride in what they have accomplished, and we wish them well in their futures.

"Every year there is always standout excellence and success, and this year is no exception.

"Luke Horrocks and Faye Cookson both secured impressive results each attaining seven grade 9s and three grade 8s in their suite of qualifications.

"The following students also did particularly well, all achieving average grades of 7+ across all their chosen subjects; Ellis Warburton, Lucy Johnson, William Oliver, Megan Kennerley, Harry Crawshaw, Nadia Abdul Latif, Meadow Broadhurst and Abby Newman.

"We are all incredibly proud of what they have achieved."

Heidi Thurland, headteacher at Middlewich High School, has praised the year 11 pupils who will 'always a be a part of the Middlewich High School family'.

She said: "We are very proud of every single one of our year 11 students whose excellent work is reflected in every grade awarded.

"During the last 18 months, our students have demonstrated exceptional resilience and courage.

"Staff, students and families have worked in close partnership to overcome any and all challenges.

"Students have remained positive in their outlook and shown real confidence and belief in their abilities.

"Our students took part in a carefully planned programme of assessments which enabled them to perform at a level which accurately reflects their ability.

"We also took care to ensure that alongside assessing understanding, we continued to develop knowledge in their subjects in order to provide a good foundation for them to progress to post-16 qualifications.

"Our centre policy and our standardisation sample have met the standards required by JCQ.

"Our staff worked tirelessly to ensure accurate grades were awarded, with meticulous attention paid to the processing and administration of grades.

"Due to our rigorous processes which ensured students were treated equitably and fairly throughout, we have confidence in the grades awarded to our students.

"Importantly, it is the quality of education over the last five years, not just the last few months, that will make the difference to our young people.

"We believe that our curriculum and our care ensures our students leave us happy, confident, determined and inspired to make a successful contribution to society.

"The class of 2021 are a credit to the Middlewich community.

"We have no doubt that they will go on to bigger and better things; they will always be part of our family and we wish them every success in their futures."