BRIGHT young things in Bolton are looking forward to a successful future after passing their GCSEs with flying colours.

Overall in Bolton results were up ­— despite the new exams.

Phil Hart, chairman of Bolton Learning Alliance, said: “Students across Bolton are quite rightly celebrating their efforts following the release of GCSE results today.

“The towns’ schools have worked collaboratively to ensure that the changes to our qualification system continue to be implemented successfully and I would like to thank all the leaders and teachers who have worked tirelessly to support and challenge students to be the best that they can be.

“There are countless examples of individual successes within Bolton, sometimes secured following and even during challenging personal circumstances.

“ I hope today can focus on celebrating these achievements and wishing this cohort a positive progression into post 16 learning and for future success.”

St Joseph’s RC School celebrated a crop of excellent results. And there was plenty to celebrate at Ladybridge and across schools.

Headteacher Tony McCabe said “It is pleasing to celebrate with those who have worked so hard and achieved beyond their wildest imagination, especially those who have suffered from life limiting illnesses, bereavements and other challenges during their studies. These students are a real credit to themselves and an inspiration to others. Education is life changing and we wish our students well as they use their qualifications to open doors to their future and use their skills and talents for the good of others.”

Paddy Russell, head of Ladybridge added: “ Some excellent results have been achieved across subject areas that will open doors for our young people for the future.”