GCSE results at Bristol Metropolitan Academy are 'best ever'
GCSE results are improving at schools in Fishponds and the surrounding area, with Bristol Metropolitan Academy reporting its "best results ever".
Teenagers who sat their exams in May and June returned to the school this morning to pick up their results.
And school principal Cameron Shaw said more than two thirds (67%) of pupils achieved good passes (grade 4 or higher) in both English and maths – up 10% on last year.
This year all GCSEs are graded from 1 to a top score of 9, with the previous A* to G ratings phased out over the past two years.
Mr Shaw said: "As the new GCSEs continue to embed, we are extremely pleased that we have been able to make significant improvements on our previous strong outcomes.
"I am delighted that students at Bristol Met have achieved highly, opening up a range of opportunities for the future. Supporting our students through this period of their lives has been a challenge met handsomely by our staff and ably supported by our parent and carer body.
"Our students must be congratulated for their excellent outcomes, and our wider school community can also take great pride in their achievements, as well as those of their friends across the Cabot Learning Federation.”
Good news for this GCSE student at Bristol Metropolitan Academy who opened her results this morning
At Bristol Brunel Academy in Speedwell Road, 56% of students passed both English and maths at grades 9 to 4 and almost a third (32%)achieved 5 or above in both core subjects. Progress measures across the board are strong, according to Cabot Learning Federation, which runs the school.
Principal Jon Jones said: “Students and staff have worked incredibly hard together over the past 5 years to achieve these outcomes. The scale of the academy enables us to offer a broad curriculum and a range of subjects for students to complete.
"I feel incredibly proud of what has been achieved and am excited about the next steps these young people will take in their careers. I look forward to welcoming many of our students back to the CLF Post 16 provision in September. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our parents and carers for their support over their five years with us.”
At City Academy Bristol, 46% of students achieved grade 4 or above in both English and maths. The school expected maths progress to be above the national average again.
Among the high achievers at the academy was Ikal Warsame, who secured four grade 9s in maths, combined science and photography, as well as a grade 8 in computer science and a grade 7 in English literature and religious studies. After an A* in Spanish last year, Jady Sow Thior gained a grade 9 in religious studies, 8 in combined science and four grade 7s in business, English language, English literature and geography.
This Department for Education chart shows how the new grades relate to the old A* to G scale
Principal Jon Angell said: "Congratulations to all students receiving results today at City Academy.
"They have worked incredibly hard and have done themselves proud.
"I'd like to thank the staff for their commitment to our students and to thank the parents for their support over the last five years."
At John Cabot Academy in Kingswood, 70% of pupils achieved a grade 4 or above in English and Maths, with 43% achieving a grade 5 in both subjects.
Associate principal Kate Willis said: "I am incredibly proud of our students for their excellent exam results.
"They have been rewarded for their hard work and the maturity with which they approached their exams. I want to take this opportunity to thank all the teachers and staff that have supported and guided them so ably to enable our students to reach their potential, and thank parents and carers for their support for our academy, one another and their children over the last five years."