Rednock's GCSE scores skyrocket
REDNOCK School’s main hall was filled with excited chatter and screams of delight as the Dursley comprehensive recorded its best ever year for GCSE results.
Of the 229 year 11 students who received their results last Thursday, 95 per cent achieved five grades or more of A* to C – a huge leap from last year’s 72 per cent.
Those achieving the same grades, as well as maths and English, also rose from 54 per cent last year to 69 per cent.
Results in science, which the school specialises in, also saw a dramatic upturn with 89 per cent earning grades A* to C, compared to last year’s 53 per cent, while an impressive 33 per cent achieved A* or As in the subject.
Headteacher David Alexander told the Gazette it had been a brilliant day for everybody.
"Everyone seems to have got what they wanted. It’s a vindication of the work we have put in over the last two years to bring it to fruition," he said.
"The whole team ethos has been really brilliant. This will make a difference to the kids whether they stay on or go somewhere else."
Mr Alexander believed the wholesale changes brought in two years ago had played a large role in their soaring results.
"The teaching has improved and the fun element is there," he said.
"It’s far more rigorous and it’s far more exciting in the classroom, that has been the biggest factor."
Star student Jo Helme, 16, from Windsor Road in Dursley, earned nine A*s and a distinction in ICT.
"I was really glad with my results," she said.
"I was overwhelmed when I first got them. It’s been a really good day. I still haven’t decided where I am going yet but hopefully Stroud High School."
Leanna Parry, 16, from Highfields, was also pleased to have bagged two A*s, four As and two Bs, which ensures she can carry on to Rednock Sixth Form.
"It was the kind of results I was expecting but I was not expecting A*," she said.
"I was proud of what I had achieved as I worked very hard for them."
Woodmancote resident, 16-year-old Jess Innes said she was surprised to open her envelope and see that she had achieved eight As and an A*.
"I didn’t think I would do as well as I have. Now I am looking forward to starting sixth form at the school."
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