Pupils fast-track their GCSEs

A NUMBER of Portishead students are embarking on their A-level studies a year early at Gordano School this term following the completion of GCSEs in year 10.

Some students were identified by subject teachers and invited to take a fast-track GCSE course in up to six of the core subjects.

These pupils are the first cohort to come through Gordano School’s personalised learning programme which allows them to begin their studies for GCSEs in Year 9.

Deputy headteacher Gavin Ball said: “These results are absolutely fantastic.

“A number of years ago, in response to feedback from students and staff, we changed the curriculum structure to fit the stage a student is at in their development, rather than the artificial age-directed curriculum that previously controlled the destinies of our young people.”


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The overall pass rate for year 10 students identified for the fast track courses was 100 per cent A*-C grades.

The results included outstanding performances from 15-year-olds Suzannah King and Olivia Withers. Suzannah sat five GCSEs and achieved an A* in all of them, while Olivia took four GCSEs, also gaining an A* for each.

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