Hard work through pandemic pays off in GCSEs for Winterbourne Academy pupils
PUPILS at Winterbourne Academy celebrated receiving their GCSE and BTEC qualifications after a final year "like no other".
With the pandemic disrupting more than half of their courses and the traditional summer exams were cancelled by the government, grades this year have been based on a range of evidence for each pupil gathered by teachers.
Staff carried out assessments, marked against national standards and then moderated before exam boards approved the final grades.
Head teacher Jason Beardmore said: “The staff and governors of Winterbourne Academy are very pleased and proud to share our GCSE results for 2021, which indicate the hard work and resilience of young people after what we all know has been a challenging and often unpredictable period for all Key Stage 4 learners nationally.”
Amongst the highest performers, achieving the top grades 8 and 9 across the board, were Bill Aris, Ben Aubrey, James Chandler, Olivia Gold, Kiran Graham, Mila Jefferies, Emily McGrath, Ella Staveley, Kirsty Tidmus, and Ollie Walker.
Assistant head teacher Charlie Peake said: “I am extremely proud of the achievements of all Year 11 students at Winterbourne.
"They have endured a year like no other, yet their perseverance, hard work and determination has ensured numerous individual successes across a range of subjects.
"I wish them every success in the next stage of their education and all the best for their future.”
Many students will stay on at Winterbourne Academy for sixth form studies.
Picture: Uthman Qureshi, Tia Wilson, Kirsty Tidmus and Olivia Gold collect their results