GCSE results: Backwell headteacher praises ‘fantastic progress’
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Backwell School has hailed ‘excellent’ GCSE results today (Thursday), with the vast majority passing their English and maths exams.
More than four out of five pupils (82 per cent) achieved grade 4 or above in English and maths, while 66 per cent achieved level 5 or better.
Three quarters of students (78 per cent) earned five A*-C grades including English and maths, and the class of 2017 achieved 27 coveted grade 9s.
Headteacher Jon Nunes told the Times he is ‘extremely proud’ of the students.
He said: “They have made fantastic progress over their five years with us, a great example being Proby Koskandawala.
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“Proby’s final GCSE results were a collective 20 grades higher than expected – meaning that she averaged over two grades higher per subject than her targets – a truly incredible achievement.”
Aspiring lawyer Jemma Mayler received the best possible grades, earning nine A*s and three grade 9s – plus an A* in creative writing A-level which she studied for in her own time.
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She said: “I feel really great. I wanted to do this and I worked really hard. I owe a lot of it to my family who have helped me so much.
“The teaching style has been incredible. They have been such a support to me and they even marked my extra work.”
Joel Blakey’s hard work was rewarded with nine grades at A or better, plus a 7, 8 and 9.
He said: “I am very delighted. Backwell has been a fantastic place and the things you get outside of lessons have really helped going into exams.”