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GCSE joy for Orchard students

Published on 01/09/14

GCSE success for Orchard students

Students at Orchard School Bristol are celebrating today after some fantastic successes in their GCSE results. The school is delighted that results have matched its best ever grades.

Personal successes have been aplenty, with one pupil, Jake Winter, achieving three A*s, eight As, one B with a distinction in IT. Jake is off to Redland Green in September to study Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics, alongside a Cambridge access course.

These results are to Jake’s credit, and are down to his hard work. He has also not had a day off for every year that he has been in school.

He said: "I'm really happy about all of my grades, especially those in Science and Maths - I didn't really know what to expect."

Balazs Szert, who moved to Bristol from Hungary, could only speak a small amount of English when he joined Orchard School during Year 10. He achieved A* in Maths, A in Statistics, and Bs in English and Science. He is going to Redland Green to study Maths, Further Maths, Psychology and Art.

Daniella Lynch, who is going on to study hair and make-up at SGS College, gained two As, four Bs and five Cs, including Maths, English and Science. Forty-five percent of Year 11 students achieved A* to C in English and Maths, and 44 percent achieved 5 A* to C GCSE grades including English and maths. The school is particularly proud of its results on English and Maths, with eighty-four percent of students made expected progress in English, and 58 percent made expected progress in Maths.

Headteacher Dr Helen Holman said: "There have been some fantastic individual triumphs this year, with the majority of our students going off to study at their chosen college. "It's also important that we recognise the progress that pupils have made since Key Stage 2. We're absolutely delighted and thrilled - a huge well done Year 11." She added: "We're already hearing about the excellent results that our previous students have gone on to achieve at the North Bristol Post 16 centre. We wish them all the best, and we look forward to hearing about their chosen destination."