KnowleDGE Learning Centre brings record number of students through GCSEs

A record number of KnowleDGE Learning Centre students are leaving the school this year with GCSEs.

The Learning Centre in Knowle West caters for students aged 5 to 18 from across south Bristol with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties and has a growing number of students accessing its services.

This year 16 students sat GCSEs, eight of whom were able to complete three subjects each including English, maths, science and history. Five years ago most year 11 students were only sitting entry-level qualifications, not recognised as mainstream GCSEs.

Today, many with their families, students collected their results. Lewis Tudor joined the school two years ago. He said:

“I’m really pleased with how I’ve done”.

Lewis’s Dad said:

“Coming here has changed Lewis, his got some good results that years ago we wouldn’t have expected. We’re really proud of him”.

Callum Jarrett joined the school five years ago. He said:

“I didn’t think I’d do so well. Dyslexia has always held me back until I started at Knowle DGE. I’m proud to have done this well”.

KnowleDGE Headteacher Darren Ewings said:

“Pupils often join the school mid-way through their education which presents challenges for them and us on being ready for mainstream qualifications.

“A mix of high expectations, strong relationships and support from home and tailored teaching means that GCSEs are now becoming more within reach. Whatever the final grades we know that our students will be leaving with more opportunities ahead of them than ever before.”

The school was judged as ‘good’ by government inspectors Ofsted in 2014 and noted for outstanding features in its 6th form.

Notes for Editors

2. KnowleDGE Learning Centre 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.

3.The schools in the partnership are Bedminster Down School, Cheddar Grove Primary, Greenfield E-Act Academy, Headley Park Primary, Illminster Avenue E-Act Academy, Knowle DGE Learning Centre, Parson Street Primary School, St Peter’s C of E Primary and Victoria Park Primary School. Between them they employ more than 500 staff (including support staff) and educate approximately 4,000 children and young people.

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