Best A-level results in school's history make perfect send-off for head teacher
GORDANO School head teacher Graham Silverthorne got the best leaving present he could have asked for from his students – the best A-level results in the school's history.
Cheers rang out in the classrooms yesterday as the school celebrated results in which 57 per cent of A-level students got passes at A* to B grades.
Mr Silverthorne, who is leaving in September to take up a post as head teacher of a school in Hong Kong, said: "In January I asked the year group to give me a leaving present that I would be able to treasure and they haven't disappointed.
"We break one record or another every year but all previous performances have been overwhelmed by the endeavours of these wonderful young people.
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"This set of results cements Gordano's place as one of the highest achieving truly comprehensive sixth forms in the country."
St Katherine's School in Pill posted some record exam results this year with 71 per cent of candidates getting grades A* to C.
The overall pass rate for grades A to E was 96 per cent, with 51 per cent of students getting A or B grades.
Head teacher Stephanie Quayle said: "We are all thrilled.
"These results are even better than our very good results from last year. Our students deserve these excellent results.
"They have worked extremely hard and they, their families and their teachers are very proud of their achievements."
Staff at Nailsea School described this year's A-level results as outstanding – beating records set last year.
A total of 29 per cent of students achieved either A* or A grades.
The top grades came after the school's redevelopment. It moved into a new £32-million building last September.
Head of sixth form, Jon Reddiford, said: "These are outstanding results from a lovely group of young people. We are very proud of their achievements.
"During the two-year A-level course, these students had to overcome the disruption caused by the completion and move to the new school."
Churchill School said 74 per cent of all entries were passed at grades A*to C.
The proportion gaining three A grades doubled this year and there was also a ten per cent rise in the overall percentage of A grades, including A* for the first time, of which students amassed 39.
Head teacher Barry Wratten said: "I say well done to our Year 13 students who not only worked so hard in their A-level years but who also added so much to the life of the school."
Backwell School said one in three of all exam entries were graded at A* or A.
Head teacher Julian Baldwin said: "The is the result of many years' hard work and our students truly deserve their success."
At Clevedon School, 41 per cent of passes were at A* to B and 23 per cent of students got an A* or A grade.
Head teacher John Wells said: "This is a superb set of results."
Weston College saw a ten per cent increase this year in the number of students gaining A* to C grades – up to 80.3 per cent.
Principal Dr Paul Phillips said: "It's wonderful to be able to celebrate academic success and I know how much effort, commitment and dedication has gone into these results."
Kings of Wessex School in Cheddar recorded 61.3 per cent of all passes at grades A* to B.
Head teacher Chris Richardson said: "Our young people are to be highly commended upon their wonderful achievements at A level. This year's outstanding results are truly impressive."