News release: Bedminster Down one of most improving Bristol schools

Significant improvements in English and maths at Bedminster Down School makes it one of the most improved school in the city, according to the school performance tables published today by the Department for Education (Thursday 29 January).

Forty-nine per cent of all the 186 pupils sitting GCSE this summer gained five GCSEs grades A* - C (including English and maths) – up 13 percentage points on the previous year, one of the best on this measure for a Bristol school. Two other schools also improved by 13 percentage points.

Results for 2014 are also strong for English, with a massive leap from 40 to 76 per cent achieving grades A* to C. Good results are also recorded for French, History and Core Science.

Bedminster Down was recently judged to be ‘good’ by Ofsted – another first for the 779-pupil school.

Headteacher Gary Schlick said:

“2014 was a record year for progress of students at Bedminster Down. I am particular pleased that students and teachers achieved this against the background of a changing examination system.

“The performance tables confirm that we are further closing the gap for our more disadvantaged students and this will remain a focus for 2015.

“The work to achieve these improvements start right at the beginning of student’s secondary school journey through the support and challenge available to us by being part of the Malago Learning Partnership which includes our main feeder primary schools.”

Notes for Editors

1. The full set of results for Bedminster Down School are published here by the Department for Education today.
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.
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 special school, 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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