Winterbourne Academy pupils praised for hard work and resilience as they receive GCSE results
PUPILS at Winterbourne Academy were praised for their "hard work and resilience" as they received their GCSE results.
Year 11s emerged from a year which head teacher Jason Beardmore described as "unique and unpredictable", not only because of the major disruption caused by lockdown, but also the controversy over regulator Ofqual’s grading system, which was devised to give nationally comparable results after exams were cancelled. The system was scrapped days before results were due to be announced and replaced with grades calculated by schools themselves.
Then just before results were announced, the exam board Pearson delayed the publication of grades for BTECs and other vocational courses leaving some students in limbo.
Mr Beardmore said: “This year’s GCSE results show that hard work and resilience in this unique and unpredictable year have won the day for Winterbourne Academy students.
"These are amazing performances from high-achieving students who have worked consistently hard.
"We all know that achievement can mean many things. It can be about starting points, the specific challenges we face and/or the determination we show to improve.”
Results at the school were higher than last year, with 77% of pupils achieving a level 4 and above in English and Maths, and 60% a level 5 and above.
The school singled out the achievement of Emily Rosenberg, who achieved 10 GCSEs at level 9.
Other high achievers who were awarded nine or even ten grades 8 or higher were: James Bennion, Owen Cotgias, Kian Goodwin, Olivia Hussey, Sonny Reynolds, Eloise Salt, Hannah Sharp and Ben Simister.
Mr Beardmore also praised 11 pupils who had shown "grit, character and resilience", making huge progress not only with their studies but also as young people. They were: Michael Heavens, Chloe Olds, Fliss Ounsworth, Chloe Dean, Amy Hewitt, Sam Pulsford, Mia Smith, Tom Hemsley, Josie Everett and Jamie Fricker.
He said: “When I look at the results across the board I am struck not only by the number of excellent individual performances but also by the sheer breadth of achievement across the arts, practical, vocational and DT subjects, sciences, humanities, languages, maths, English and the wide range of other courses we offer.
"I believe this re-confirms and validates our determination at Winterbourne to continue offering a broad and enriching curriculum.”
“I want to pay tribute to the class of 2020 who worked so hard and consistently throughout what was an incredibly challenging year. I also want to thank on their behalf the teachers, support staff and of course the parents who supported them and pushed them on to give of their best.”