GCSE results are 'fully deserved', say Yate and Chipping Sodbury head teachers

August 20 2020
GCSE results are 'fully deserved', say Yate and Chipping Sodbury head teachers

TEACHERS at schools in Yate and Chipping Sodbury say pupils who received their GCSE results have shown "determination and resilience" in unprecedented times.

Yate Academy, Chipping Sodbury and Brimsham Green schools have been celebrating the results of Year 11s who saw their exams cancelled due to the coronavirus lockdown, then a controversy over grades.

Regulator Ofqual’s controversial grading algorithm was scrapped by government just days before GCSE results were published and replaced with centre assessed grades which were calculated by schools. Then the exam board Pearson delayed the publication of grades for BTECs and other vocational courses leaving some students in limbo.

Yate Academy headteacher Izzy Ambrose said: “These students have gone above and beyond and demonstrated determination and resilience during these unprecedented times.

"Their results are a fair reflection on the progress they have made at Yate Academy and all our students are fully deserving of what they have achieved today.”

Brimsham Green School head teacher Kim Garland said: “We take our lead from our Year 11, and their indomitable spirit. To be clear, these students achieved magnificent grades despite COVID-19, not because of the extraordinary arrangements this year, and we applaud them.”

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Natalie Gliddon and Jamal Bwanamkuu of Chipping Sodbury School and Joshua Houghton, Freddie King and Amy Shaddick at Brimsham Green School all had good reason to celebrate when GCSE results were announced

Among the highest achievers at Brimsham Green were Rowan Berkley and Amy Shaddick, with ten GCSEs at level 9. Other students who achieved seven or more GCSES or equivalent qualifications at level 7 or above were Freddie King, Tia Newman, Leah Walker, George Pugh, Rebecca Durham, Rachael Proud, Alfie Gooding, Emma Chandler, Maya Barstow, Emily Barry, Elliot Box, Darcey Phipps, Owen Walker-Cox, James Phillpott, Anya Johnson and Joshua Houghton.

Pupils singled out for their progress in a wide range of subjects were Ben Hallum, Moxie Mackno, Joshua Goodchild, Ellie Ridler, Reuben Parry, Sophie Cook, Billy Boulton, Hannah Darby, Dawid Plocienniczak and Emily Roebuck.

Chipping Sodbury School head teacher Katherine Turner said: “I am delighted for our students, who have had a very positive attitude to their learning and demonstrated resilience especially during these past few months.”

Some 42% of Year 11 pupils achieved one or more grades at 7 or above, equivalent to an A under the previous grading system. Those singled out for attaining high grades in a range of subjects were Lewis Adams, Alice Doody, Natalie Gliddon, Amber Thrush, Niamh Red, Maddie Brindle, Rosie Jones, Sophie Knight, Jamal Bwanamkuu, Keris Pursey and Jessica Hawkins.

Students in year 9 and 10 can be entered early for a GCSE and many were awarded the top levels at 7 and above. 


George Pugh and Tia Newman were among the high-performing GCSE candidates at Brimsham Green School 

Top: Beth Helliker finds out her results at Yate Academy