GCSEs September 2020
Following the A-levels furore, GCSE students received grades awarded by their schools
REDMAIDS' High Year 11 students received their GCSE results after five months away from school.
The new headmaster, Paul Dwyer, said: “So much has been asked of this group of students in recent months, and we are delighted to be able to celebrate their successes at GCSE level.
“I know that many students were disappointed that the chance to prove themselves in examinations was taken away, but we are really pleased that their efforts have still been appropriately recognised and rewarded. I am so excited to be working with this year group as my first sixth form cohort and look forward to seeing the even greater heights they will go on to reach.”
He welcomed the changes from the government, to allow centre-assessed grades to form the basis for qualifications being awarded.
“This change has been for the best, given that teachers know their students’ and their abilities so well.
“The focus at Redmaids’ High has always been on ensuring a strong bond between students and teachers, and I am pleased that this understanding has formed the basis of the grades that the girls will receive.”
Retiring head Isabel Tobias added:“The last few months in education have asked a great deal of students and teachers here and across the world, and we have been incredibly impressed with the manner and determination with which our girls here at Redmaids’ High School have responded.”
REDLAND GREEN SCHOOL
HEAD teacher Louise Blundell has praised the GCSE class of 2020 for their efforts and achievements.
She said: “I could not be more proud of our Year 11 cohort this academic year.
“We cannot change the turbulent and ever changing processes that our young people have had to endure during this time but are delighted that we can, following the release of their GCSE results, support them in ensuring they are able to take their next step on their educational journeys and now aim towards the bright futures they have ahead of them.
“We hope that the BTEC results will follow presently so that our students can fully celebrate their success and confirm their future plans.”
BRISTOL FREE SCHOOL
BFS is celebrating the success of its GCSE cohort, who have continued the school’s upward trend in exam results.
Headteacher, Mrs King, said: ‘I am immensely proud of the resilience and positive attitude shown by our Year 11s during what has been a challenging and unprecedented time. I have no doubt that these young people will emerge from this experience even stronger and more determined to succeed in the next stage of their education. We are delighted to announce that we have record numbers of students who have decided to continue their A-level studies here at BFS.”
Mr MacBlain, Year 11 leader, said: ‘It has been a real pleasure and privilege to have worked with the year group for the last five years. I am delighted that in these challenging circumstances they have achieved a fantastic set of results that their hard work and endeavour deserves’.
COLSTON’S GIRLS’ SCHOOL
COLSTON'S Girls’ School (CGS) has announced impressive GCSE results, with 17 per cent of grades at grade 9, equivalent to A*, and 88% of all students achieving at least five strong GCSE passes (grade 5 and above), including English and maths.
Principal Kerry McCullagh said: “The current Year 11 students have demonstrated resilience and tenacity over the past six months, meeting every challenge head-on. Despite the disruption to their final year at CGS and the uncertainty surrounding the government’s system for calculating results, we are celebrating our students’ well-deserved success.
"I am delighted that their grades are a true reflection of five years' work, allowing students to plan their futures with confidence and excitement.”
Exceptional individual performances included Lily Gilchrist and Isabel Munday, who both achieved nine grade 9s and an A* in the Higher Project Qualification (HPQ); Jema Ali and Ava Soar both eight 9s and one 8; Maisie Dood eight 9s and two 8s; Alice Mason Flucke seven 9s and two 7s; Phoebe Lang-Clapp six 9s; and Balsaam Dafa’alla, Serina Doran, Tilly Bennett, Una Jenkins, Lily Rogers, Megan Shave and Garance Allaire-Rousse each five 9s. Meena Morris was awarded 12 qualifications, including six 9s, A in additional maths and B in the HPQ.
Geetika Goel and Isabella Adams together achieved the most progress, smashing their target grades in every subject.
Clifton High School
Clifton High pupils attained an outstanding set of GCSE results, outperforming previous years, with an increase in the top grades. Boys and girls performed equally well, with the same proportional increases across all subjects.
Dr Alison Neill, Head of School stated: “This significant accomplishment is testament to each and every one of them. The successful transition to a co-educational school and the introduction of the Diamond Edge Model of Education is reaping rewards, both at GCSE and A level.
“As we look forward to the commencement of School from September, these Year 11 pupils will become Sixth Form students, and provided they continue to work hard and support one another, the world is their oyster.
“The School sends a heartfelt congratulations to each and every one of these GCSE pupils and the A level students, who now have achieved the results they truly deserve.”
Clifton College said its GCSE grades reflected the strength of the year group.
A spokesman said: “The pupils have taken the move to remote learning and changes to the curriculum in their stride and it is great to see them now receive their results after this unprecedented period of change.
“We are very pleased that the teachers’ assessments have been taken into account to produce the results. Although the end of their fifth form year did not play out in quite the way we or our pupils would have wanted, we hope this is a way of recognising the hard work and dedication they have shown throughout their GCSE courses. They have excelled in the classroom as well as in music, drama, sport and a wide range of other activities and we hope they will be proud of everything they have accomplished.”
YEAR 11 girls at Badminton School kept busy while awaiting their GCSE results.
More than 1,300 live lessons were streamed across the world through the school’s online platform.
Extra online learning opportunities including Number Theory, Wellbeing, Persuasive Narratives and Film Analysis proved popular among the students as a way of supplementing their GCSE studies.
Headmistress Rebecca Tear said: “I applaud the girls in Year 11 not only for their resilience in the face of the challenges that the last few months have brought, but more importantly for seizing the new opportunities that this unique situation has presented.
"The depth of their creativity and innovation has known no bounds and I am very proud of them all, as well as the Badminton community as a whole.”
YEAR 11 pupils were welcomed into QEH for the first time since March to receive their GCSE grades.
Headmaster Rupert Heathcote said: “It’s the sustained effort and hard work of the pupils throughout the two years of the GCSE courses that provided the evidence to enable us to award these grades. Their teachers and I are immensely proud of them. I would like to thank the staff who shouldered the additional task of finalising exam grades while continuing to teach and support all the other year groups with their virtual learning and wellbeing during lockdown. It has been a challenging time for all of us and, since beginning my role as headmaster at Easter, I have been impressed to see such outstanding resilience and commitment in the whole QEH community.”
FAIRFIELD High School (FHS) students are celebrating a strong set of GCSE results with many students awarded high grades based on their hard work and achievement over five years in the school.
Others reached standards well above those that might have been expected when they started at FHS. The school has an excellent record in boosting pupil progress; in 2019 it was among the best 650 schools in the country.
Fairfield is proud to recognise the success of all students, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, those with English as an additional language and young people in care.
The school is committed to ensuring that the students leaving this year are able to follow suitable courses from September. It is working with them to confirm their next steps. Some will go on to V6, the joint sixth form provision for Fairfield and Colston’s Girls’ School, while others will take up places at other colleges and sixth forms in the city.
Principal Nick Lewis said: “We are extremely proud of our Year 11s, whose time at Fairfield has been cut short by Covid-19. We are determined that their future plans will not be derailed by the coronavirus crisis. Our staff have really gone the extra mile to support them.
“Well done to all the students who have achieved the grades they were hoping for. Perhaps more importantly, I want to congratulate all our young people who have shown such maturity and resilience during this emergency. I wish them all the best for the future.”
Head student Alice Towle said: “Our teachers have been fantastic, checking up on us by phone and email. The post-16 transition co-ordinator knows where everyone is planning to go for sixth form in September and will be speaking to people again after they have received their results.”
Alice, who is one of Bristol’s youth mayors, said it was a pity that her year group had missed their exams, seen their Prom postponed and been denied the chance to experience results day in school together.
But, she said, the current generation of 16-year-olds could be proud of the way they had supported one another and coped during the past difficult months.
“We have done really well,” she said. “At Fairfield, we have had a great five years. The school genuinely has a community feel. There is mutual respect between students and staff and the sense of belonging is really special.”
THE school has congratulated Year 11 students on their results in this most difficult of years.
“We are exceptionally proud of each and every one of them and wish all of them the very best for the next stage of their education,” it said. “Thank you to our staff for their dedicated support for our students and to our parents and carers for their continuous commitment to and support for our school.”