Castle School celebrates 'strong' GCSE results
CASTLE School is celebrating another year of "strong" GCSE results.
Executive head teacher Will Roberts said the proportion of pupils achieving a standard pass of grade 4 or above in maths and English at the Thornbury secondary school was up this year.
A total of 255 teenagers qualifications in more than 30 different subjects, and the school said they not only achieved "strongly" in the core subjects but also took a broad range of optional subjects to develop their different talents.
Results announced today showed 25 students achieved nine or more GCSEs at grades 9-7, the highest grades, equivalent to the old A* and A.
The highest achievers included Annabel McLaren, who got ten top-grade 9s, and Jemima Barnes, with eight 9s and 13 GCSEs in total.
Ben Barrow (above, left) and Ruwaydah Azad both obtained 7 grade 9s, while Angus Chan (above, centre), Winifred Ralph, Harrison Kent, Jessica Pow, Sidra Muhammed, Finbar Wilde, Isabel McDade, Georgia Tyrer, George Bazzone (above, right) and William Wolstenholme all obtained at least 8 GCSEs at 9 or 8.
This year is the first that every subject studied at GCSE is given a numerical score rather than a letter, finishing the phasing in of the new grading system, which started two years ago. The Deaprtment for Education Grade boundaries are pictured below:
Mr Roberts said: “We’re very proud of so many different achievements again this year, which represents the broad range of talents our students have developed.
"Progress in Maths and English remains very important for all students, and I’m pleased to see another increase in the proportion of students achieving at least a standard pass in both of these subjects.
"Yet it’s the wide scope of qualifications that is the biggest challenge of GCSEs, and I’m so proud of the way so many students clearly rose to the challenge.
"Most students had to sit between 20 and 30 different exam papers in May and June, and so today they rightly deserve to celebrate all the hard work.
"I also know that these results wouldn’t be possible without the support of their teachers and their families, and I hope they also feel very proud of these talented young people.
"Whether they are moving into our thriving Sixth Form, or continuing their education elsewhere, these results should set them up for a successful future."
Main picture: High achievers Rawaydah Azad, Jemima Barnes, Theo Jordan and William Wolstenholme celebrate their GCSE results.