Despite national reports of an overall decline in A*-C grades nationally, the provisional figure for South Gloucestershire is 57 per cent of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grades including English and maths, the Government’s key measure. This is an increase of one percentage point on last year.
The highest performing schools in the district are John Cabot Academy in Kingswood, Winterbourne International Academy, Bradley Stoke Community School and Castle School, in Thornbury.
The most improved schools from last year are Mangotsfield, Abbeywood, Bradley Stoke, Chipping Sodbury and Yate International Academy.
Cllr Ian Blair, chair of the Children and Young People Committee, said: “Congratulations to everyone collecting their GCSE examination results today. The provisional figures indicate that it has been another successful year for young people in South Gloucestershire, with five of our secondary schools recording their best results ever.
“This reflects the hard work and dedication of not only students, but also their teachers, non-teaching staff, school governors, parents, carers and all the other people who support them.”
Meanwhile St Brendan’s Sixth Form College at Brislington is celebrating another year of great GCSE results. As well as offering one of the widest selections of A-levels and BTECs in the South West, the college also has a strong provision of GCSEs and BTECs at Level Two.
Vice principal Maddy Woolfenden said: “A number of students have enjoyed success at GCSE with a 99.5% achievement in the three subjects on offer. Forty-five students achieved a grade C or higher in English and 40 students achieved a grade C or higher in mathematics. Our new offering this year of GCSE Biology, (delivered over two years in most institutions but in just one year at St Brendan’s) has enjoyed a 60% success rate. This is a great achievement for the staff and students after just nine months of teaching.”
The pictures show students picking up their results at John Cabot Academy in Kingswood