'Record-breaking' GCSE results at Portishead's Gordano School
PUBLISHED: 12:19 22 August 2019 | UPDATED: 12:20 22 August 2019
Gordano School has achieved record-breaking GCSE results today (Thursday), with the number of passes at an all-time high.
Four in five grades at the Portishead school were a 4 - the baseline pass grade - or better, putting Gordano 13 per cent ahead of the national average.
Almost 30 per cent of grades were a 7 - the equivalent of an A in the old marking system - or above, again significantly better than the national average.
Three quarters of the year group earned five 9-4s including English and maths, which is widely deemed the gold standard to progress into further education.
Almost 30 pupils received eight or more 9-7 grades, with Alex Southern, Sophie Chambers and Lauren Vine at the top of the class.
Science exams were a particular area of success, with 80 per cent of students receiving at least two 4s.
Headteacher Tom Inman said the results had exceeded the school's previous records.
He said: "I am immensely proud of our students for this brilliant set of results for Gordano, with some measures showing this as our best ever performance. Achievement has been very strong across the year.
"This cohort has worked incredibly hard and deserves all the success that they have achieved.
"They have been a wonderful year group to work with and I am delighted these results will support them to move on to their next steps in education or training with such a strong set of qualifications already in the bank."
Many of the school's pupils will return to study A-levels at its sixth form next month, and Mr Inman wished students well in their future endeavours.
He added: "Whether they are staying with us, moving onto college or progressing to apprenticeships, we wish them every success in their bright futures.
"Congratulations to them and a huge thank you to our staff and parents who have supported them to such success."