Bedminster Down: Students share GCSE joy

Students shared their joy and advice for future pupils on collecting their GCSE results at Bedminster Down School today (Thursday 20 November).

The school, judged as ‘good’ by Ofsted in December 2014, invited the 150 students who sat GCSEs this year to share their thoughts and feelings about their results by recording a video diary in an on-site stretch limousine. As part of a drive to inspire future students these will be used to make a film for new Year 10 and 11 pupils.

Overall results for the school are delayed as some English marks are due to be published. Based on the results available today the school can report marked improvements in geography (95 per cent gaining C or higher); French (95 per cent) and history (86 per cent). More students than last year gained A or A* grades across subjects.

Headteacher Gary Schlick said:

“I’m once again proud of the achievements our students have made against the background of an ever-changing examination system.

“At Bedminster Down we work hard to ensure that everyone leaves having experienced a personalised learning path and with a strategy for their future.

“While we’re delighted that we’ve made year on year improvements in many subjects we anticipate a slight fall overall once all the English papers are back.”

Olivia Garrett (August 2015)

Olivia Garrett (August 2015)

Olivia Garrett collected her results today and is delighted with her eight A*s and one A grade. She will be going on to Bristol Cathedral Choir School with an ambition to go on and study medicine to take A’levels. She said:

“I had to miss a lot of school due to illness but the teachers really supported me to get back on track. If I get the right A’level grades I want to go on and study medicine. Bedminster Down helped me get on a taster pre-medicine day in London so I know that it is what I really want to do.”

Notes for Editors

Bedminster Down with ITV Westcountry (August 2015)

Bedminster Down with ITV Westcountry (August 2015)

1. In 2014 49.5 per cent of Bedminster Down students achieved five grades A*-C including English and maths.
2. Bedminster Down Secondary School is part of the Malago Learning Partnership - a collaboration between nine schools in south Bristol that strives to raise attainment and improve the life chances for all local children. The sharing includes the buying of outside services, professional development for staff, school improvement and joint events.

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