Students of all abilities at Colston’s Girls’ School in Bristol achieved better GCSE results in the 2016 exams than they could ever have imagined.
While the academy maintained its record of high overall passes at the top grades, it was the progress made by individuals that was most remarkable this year.
When the Government publishes its new Progress 8 measures in the autumn, CGS expects to be among the best performers in the country. Its students achieved results that were more than half a grade higher than might have been expected from their starting points.
Executive Principal, Alistair Perry, said: “We are a non-selective school, welcoming girls of all talents and from diverse backgrounds. It is very pleasing that exceptional progress reflected in these outcomes was not confined to the high achievers but was enjoyed by students across all abilities, and was significantly above the national average.
“Well done to all the girls whose hard work has paid off - and thanks to our staff too. Their dedication, and the support of parents, has helped build a vibrant, caring and successful learning community where students can flourish and develop values for life.”
More than half of candidates gained an A* or A in English and 58% of passes in science subjects were at these top grades. In physics 100% of students achieved A* to C while 51% achieved A*/A. In geography, 44% of students achieved A*.
77% of students achieved the Government’s new headline measure of an A*-C grade in both English and maths.
Students celebrated their success on results day with their teachers, family and friends.
Among the high performers was Danlei Zhu, who achieved 10A*s and an A grade. She plans to study A level maths, further maths, French, chemistry and physics. Danlei was born in China and came to the UK when she was three. She joined CGS in Year 9. “I am overwhelmed with joy at these results,” she said. “I worked hard and hoped for good grades. I have had fantastic support from my teachers.”
Janet WeWe (pictured), from Southmead, was also delighted to achieve eight A*s and two As. She will study biology, chemistry, physics and maths at A level and hopes to go on to study neurology at medical school. Accompanied by her family to collect her results, Janet said “The hard work has paid off, now we can celebrate!”
10A*s were notched up by Jasmine Knapman, from Chelvey. She confessed that she had found the exams really tough and had been terrified of collecting her results!
Other students who achieved top grades include Molly Whitworth, from Stoke Bishop (9A*, 1A), Ella Fitzpatrick from Cotham, (9A*, 1A) and Jo Barrett from Stoke Gifford (7A*, 3A).