THE nail-biting wait was finally over for pupils at Brimsham Green School in Yate, as they received their GCSE results last Thursday.

Headteacher Alun Williams said: "We are generally very pleased with the this year's results. They are quite similar to last year's, which is encouraging considering the national downward trend some subjects."

The school's general performance was strong, with 80 per cent of students achieving five A* to C grades and one quarter of all papers marked at A and A* grades.

Mr Williams said: "There have been some very impressive individual results. One student earned 12 A* grades, which is an outstanding achievement. We anticipate 65 per cent of students will continue to study here for their A Levels."

Mr Williams added the school will be appealing some of the English results due to a possible error in the marking. The appeal process is expected to take between three and four weeks.

He said: "Some of our students gained an A grade in their English coursework but were told they'd got a U in one of the exam papers, which pushed their overall mark down to a B grade.

"We're planning to lodge an appeal, as this is very unfair on the students after all the hard work they put into revision and preparation for the exams. We hope to get the amended results within the next month."