Surprising GCSE results at Marlwood School in Alveston
SURPRISING results at both ends of the spectrum delighted and devastated Marlwood School students in equal measure on GCSE results' day in Alveston.
While maths and science grades were up by an impressive ten per cent compared to 2012, they were slightly overshadowed by disappointing English scores, which dropped by ten per cent.
But results were positive overall with 76 per cent of pupils achieving A* to C marks and 57 per cent awarded five or more A* to C grades including English and maths.
A group of 15 outstanding students topped the school's performance league with eight or more A* and As.
Thomas Jeal, 16 and from Stoke Gifford, was awarded no fewer than nine A* and one A.
"I was supposed to do quite well," said the student, who dreams of one day becoming an airline pilot. "I was predicted two As and eight A*. I'm still a bit surprised but I'm really please."
His friend Peter Stace, 16, also received top marks with five A*, three As, one B and a distinction.
" I certainly didn't expect to do so well, " he said. "I was quite anxious because some of the tests were quite difficult but they turned out not to have been too bad."
The teenager from Filton has his all future mapped out already.
"I want to be a primary school teacher. So I want to do a maths degree at university first and then train."
After non-stop coverage of predicted dips in performance, Olivia Scull was delighted to have passed all her exams.
The 15-year-old from Henbury, who achieved five Bs and 5 Cs, said: "I'm just proud to have passed everything. On the radio this morning they were saying the maths, science and English were really bad. Now I can breathe and have a sleep."
Head teacher Keith Geary told the Gazette the school would scrutinise disappointing English results.
"Overall we are slightly up on last year and there are some very satisfying results," he said. "Of the core subjects, about which there has been much in the media, maths and science results were significantly up ten per cent —against national trend—but English dipped. "It’s a consistently high-performing subject for us and we are having one paper re-marked."
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