Priory breaks records again

PUBLISHED: 12:58 23 August 2012

Mike Booker got one A*, seven As, three Bs, plus a C in AS-level English.

Mike Booker got one A*, seven As, three Bs, plus a C in AS-level English.


PRIORY Community School has broken GCSE records again this year.

The number of academy trust students receiving five GCSE grades A* to C including English and maths stood at 70 per cent - a new school record and up one per cent on last year’s figures.

In English, 83 per cent of students gained A* to C grades, while 78 per cent achieved the same in maths, up six per cent on last year.

A total of 88 per cent of pupils gained five A* to C grades in all subjects, up three per cent on last year.

The results again placed the school in the top few percent of UK schools nationally.

The percentage of students on free school meals achieving five GCSE grades A* to C, including English and maths, was 67 per cent - just three per cent lower than the overall figure.

Nationally, there has been nearly a 30 per cent gap between the figures.

Principal Neville Coles said: “Our target was 63 per cent overall, so yet again with 70 per cent, Priory is firmly in the top 10 per cent of schools nationally for examination outcomes.

“We are delighted at the efforts of students, staff, parents and the community to help bring these record results about.”

Pupil Sindy Probert scored five As, four Bs and a C grade.

Her mum, Julie Collis, has praised the school for giving her daughter the drive to achieve great GCSE results.

She said: “I am a single parent with four children and teachers gave Sindy the drive to do well.”

Ryan Pope says he was a ‘slacker’ before Priory gave him the push he needed to achieve his C in maths and consider a sports course at Weston College.

While Katie Robertson got an A in her creative and media diploma and will go on to do a production of art course at Weston College.

High-flying Mike Booker got an A* in English language, as well as seven other A grades, three Bs and a C in AS-level English and said: “I am naturally academic, but I also had to revise hard to get the grades.”

Mike will go on to study maths, geography, history, psychology and law A-levels at Bridgwater College.

Gary Leece, chair of governors at the Queensway school in Worle, said: “In a year where many schools have seen GCSE results drop, Priory again bucks the trend to serve up yet another record year.

“Priory has now consistently produced outstanding results over the past five years.

“The entire school staff and the whole local community deserve much credit.

“We received Government recognition last year for our great results and were the 23rd best school in England for a sustained four-year trend.

“These new results can only cement our national and local reputation for providing outstanding academy education.”

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