Bedminster Down School

Strong set of GCSE results celebrated at Bedminster Down School

Students at Bedminster Down School in south Bristol are celebrating the arrival of their GCSE results today (Thursday 24th August).

 In the face of significant changes to the examination system this year, the school achieved 56 per cent of students gaining a grade of four or better in English and maths combined.  A grade four is standard pass and considered the equivalent of a C in the previous system.

 Strong results were recorded for students in English for the second year in a row and without the iGCSE paper available, with 71 per cent gaining a grade four or better and four students gaining the top grade nine.

 In maths there was a 10 per cent increase in students gaining a standard pass with 62 per cent taking home at least a grade four.

 Other highlights include exceptional progress in French, photography and additional science.

 Lucy Tanner, aged 16 picked up a grade nine in English Language today alongside an A in history and A* in art.  She now intends to study four A’levels at St Mary Redcliff and Temple Sixth Form.  She commented:  

 “All the teachers at Bedminster Down have been especially helpful and supportive.”

 William Hunt, aged 16 is starting an engineering apprenticeship with the Ministry of Defence after collecting an eight in maths as well as A grades in three sciences.  He said: “The teachers have been great and really supportive and I’m looking forward to starting my apprenticeship with a good set of results.”

 Bedminster Down School Headteacher Gary Schlick said:

 “It’s been an uncertain year for schools across the country with the start of a new grading and examination system so I’m particularly delighted that students and teachers have gained a strong set of results.

 “We put in a number of measures to secure the best possible teaching and learning conditions in school.  This includes a behaviour programme, ‘Ready to Learn’; helping families understand study techniques with regular self-regulated learning seminars and supporting teachers and students through this time of change.

 “All students at Bedminster Down are leaving school with either a place for further study or an apprenticeship.”