Schools hail their GCSE high achievers
Downend School, from left to right: Daniel Hedge, Evie Thomson and Duncan McCormick
STUDENTS at Downend and Mangotsfield schools celebrated some great GCSE results.
Downend School has reported an increase in the percentage of candidates achieving grade 5 or above in both English and Maths, while four pupils gained at least five GCSEs at grade 9, the highest possible score.
This year was the first where all GCSEs were graded from 1 to a top score of 9, with the previous A* to G ratings phased out over the past two years. A 9 represents the highest A* under the old system, with an 8 a high A to A* and a 7 representing a grade A. A grade 4 is equivalent to a C while a 5 is a high C or low B.
At Downend, 42% of students gained a grade 5 or above in both English and maths, while 16% of the grades awarded – around one in every six – were grade 7 or above.
And 28% of students achieved the "English baccalaureate" of a grade 5 or better in English, maths, a science, history or geography and a language.
Downend School head teacher Lisa Howell said. "We are delighted to see that the hard work and perseverance of our youngsters has paid off. We are very proud.
"These results set our young people up for the next steps in their education."
Among the school's high achievers were Duncan McCormick, who achieved 10 grade 9s, Daniel Hedge, who had six 9s and three 8s, Mel Poole with six 9s, two 8s and a 7, and Evie Thomson, who got five 9s, three 8s and a 7.
At Mangotsfield School, head teacher David Spence said there had been a "brilliant" five grade 9 scores in maths, as pupils faced more rigorous exams under the revamped system.
Across the school year, 56% of students achieved grade 4 or above in both English and maths, and in English, 77% achieved a grade 4 and 55% a grade 5.
Among the school's high achievers were Josh Sandrone, with four 9s, three 8s and a 7, Ben Davies (four 8s, three 7s), Rowley Downs (two 9s, three 8s and two 7s), Katie Hemmings (one 9, two 8s and three 7s), Joe Beese (one 9, one 8 and four 7s) and Jasmine Noble (three 8s and two 7s).
The school also highlighted the "exceptional" progress from Year 7 to Year 11 of Barna Baranyi, Nina Myczka, Jack Smith, Megan Bush, Harry Morgan-Osbourne and Madeline Alston.
Mr Spence said: "I’m really proud in particular that the progress of our most vulnerable students has jumped up.
"In a much more rigorous exam landscape, with more final exams and no coursework to fall back on, our results are pleasing. Five nine grades within maths is just brilliant.
"Students and staff have proven to be more than capable of meeting the high challenge they set themselves.
"It is a testament to the hard work of our teachers, as well as to the invaluable support that parents have given.
"A huge good luck to our students as they go onto that exciting next stage of their education”.