Joy at Mangotsfield School as top grades soar

September 01 2014

MANY students in the Downend area achieved excellent results in a turbulent year for GCSEs.

Becca Purrington is all smiles after achieving great GCSE results

MANY students in the Downend area achieved excellent results in a turbulent year for GCSEs.

Government reforms reducing modular exams and coursework are thought to have affected outcomes at some schools.

The overall proportion of students in South Gloucestershire achieving at least five passes at A*-C fell from 57 to 55 per cent, lower than Bristol's 56 per cent, according to provisional figures.

John Cabot Academy and Winterbourne International Academy were among the best-performing schools in the district.

Councillor Ian Blair, chairman of the council's children's and young people's committee, congratulated students for their efforts.

“ Their results are a testament to the hard work and dedication of not only students, but also their teachers, non-teaching staff, school governors, parents, carers and all the other people who support them," he said.

Rebecca Purrington, 16, who picked up 4 A*s, 5 As and 2 Bs at Mangotsfield School, said staff had given her a lot of support.

"They were really supportive and really helped right at the end when it all got a bit stressful!

"I've enjoyed my time at the school and it's been a really good experience. I was very pleased with my results. I was predicted those sort of grades but I was afraid I wouldn't get them. I was so happy when I did! My family are really proud of me. They thought I'd worked hard for it so deserved it."

Rebecca, who lives in Kingswood, plans to stay on at Mangotsfield School as a sixth former to study for A-levels in art, media, English language and psychology and hopes to go on to university

Fifty per cent of students at Mangotsfield School gained five or more A*-C GCSEs including English and maths., with 62 per cent achieving at least five passes in any subject.

The number of students achieving a C or above in maths was 67 per cent with 58 per cent receiving a C or above in English.

Headteacher Richard Badley said: "Congratulations to students and staff for all their hard work towards exam success in 2014.

"We are pleased with a seven per cent rise in higher grades including A*/A at GCSE and the percentage of students achieving A*-C in maths, which remains above the national average.

"There are increased higher grades A*-B in curriculum subjects including science, history, geography, design technology. There has also been good success for students in applied BTEC courses including health & social care, engineering and sports studies."

At Winterbourne International Academy, the headline figure for five or more A*-C passes including English and maths was 72 per cent. Overall 81 per cent of students achieved at least a C in English Language with 79 per cent achieving a C or above in maths.

Of the total grades awarded 24 per cent were A*/A and 78 per cent were C or above. Nineteen students achieved at least 10 A*/A grades.

Xinyu Shen followed up her A* in A-level maths with 11 A* grades while Catrin Buckly and Joy Carlin both achieved 9 A* grades.

Academy Principal, Rob Evans, stated: “It was a real pleasure to see our students achieving their results; especially at a time when significant reforms to the examination syllabus has impacted on grades across the UK.”

South Gloucestershire's most improved schools from last year were Marlwood, Brimsham Green School and Chipping Sodbury.