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'Exceptional' GCSE results for Orchard pupils

Published on 20/08/15

Students at Orchard School Bristol in Horfield have achieved 'exceptional' results against a backdrop of national volatility, head teacher Dr Helen Holman said today.

Students at Orchard School Bristol in Horfield have achieved 'exceptional' results against a backdrop of national volatility, head teacher Dr Helen Holman said today.

57% of students achieved 5 A*-C - a rise of 16% since 2014 - and more than 65% achieved A*-C in English.

Other exceptional results included nearly 90% of students achieving A*-C in humanities while 90% achieved A*-C in two sciences.

There was also a significant rise in students achieving the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) award.

Pupils, parents and staff celebrated the results with ice cream and balloons at the school today.

Personal successes have been aplenty, with one student Princey Abraham achieving four A*s, six As and one B.

She said: “I was pretty nervous about what I was going to get, but I’m really happy – I did much better than I thought I would.”

Princey will be heading to Redland Green Sixth Form College this September to study biology, history, chemistry and sociology.

Samantha Lofler was also another high achiever. Her results read three A*s, seven As and three Bs.

“I’m so pleased with what I’ve got,” she said. “I really wasn’t expecting it. I kind of talked myself out of it that I was going to do this well.”

Samantha will be studying chemistry, biology, mathematics and geography at Redland Green. 

Hamza Marie says that he is over the moon with his achievements. He gained nine As, one A* and one B and will also be joining his friends at Redland Green College this term.

The overall results represent more steady achievement from the school in the core subjects while a number of Year 8 and 9 students gained GCSEs in classics - a new subject introduced at the school for 2015.

One example is Ellie Boyd, a Year 9 pupil who achieved a C in the subject. She said that was very proud to have gained a GCSE, despite only being 14-years-old. 

Dr Holman said: "First and foremost, we are all so proud of all of our students who put in a huge effort and gained superb results, yet another year of strong progress for us.

"It appears there is real volatility in some areas, particularly maths, and we are pleased to have made more steady progress against this background.

"We have enjoyed a lovely day celebrating these successes and it was lovely to see real tears of joy and hear about their plans for the future."