Schools celebrate GCSE results

TEENAGERS across North Somerset were celebrating this week after some of the best GCSE results ever. At Gordano School, Portishead

TEENAGERS across North Somerset were celebrating this week after some of the best GCSE results ever.At Gordano School, Portishead, students and staff reported record results with 71 per cent of pupils gaining five or more A*-C passes including English and maths.A total of 99 per cent of students gained at least one entry level pass.Student Stephen Owen was top of the class, gaining 12 A* GCSEs, Andrew Tinkler who got 11A* grades and Megan Ridgway and Louise O'Hara who got top marks for psychology which were in the top five per cent nationally.Headteacher Graham Silverthorne said: "Following our outstanding A-level results, I am absolutely delighted with this set of results, particularly with the significant increase in the pass rates for maths and English to set new school records."Looking at all of the data this is a set of results to equal the best that Gordano students have ever achieved."At Nailsea School 79 per cent of students gained A*-C passes, with 70 per cent of those including English and maths.Talented teen Nikki Hughes had extra special reason to celebrate after being given a special award for receiving the top marks in technology out of the whole country and 266,000 other students.Backwell School headteacher Julian Baldwin said: "These are the best GCSE results ever."The students have worked very hard on their studies and have also got involved in an awful lot of extra curricular activities during their time here."Students were also cheering at St Katherine's School in Pill where pupils achieved some of the school's best ever results.The school saw a six per cent rise in the number of teenagers achieving five A*-C grades at 57.4 per cent.The new GCSE science course also proved popular with 70 per cent of students attaining an A*-C pass rate.Headteacher Stephanie Quayle said: "There were some outstanding examples of individual success where six students achieved 10 or more A* or A grades including Alice Tirbooman who gained five A and six A* grades."We are very proud of the hard work and success achieved by our students.

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