GCSE stars: students shine at Bristol’s oldest school

PRESS RELEASE - with photos.

Excellent GCSE results at Bristol Cathedral Choir School today [24th August 2016] crowned a golden year for the city-centre academy.

84% of students achieved the benchmark of at least five GCSE A*-C grades including English language and mathematics, while 39% of all GCSEs taken were awarded A* or A grades. Eighteen students had eight or more passes at grades A* or A.

The very strong GCSE performance follows last week’s announcement of the best-ever A-level results since the school became an academy, with 70% of all A-level examinations taken awarded grades A*-B. 

Head of School Paul Atkins said: “Our students and teachers deserve to be congratulated for all their brilliant work contributing to another excellent set of GCSE results. 

“This performance builds not only on our record GCSE results last year, which showed the highest state school attainment in the city, but also on the ‘outstanding’ Ofsted judgement this February, when inspectors described achievement at our school as ‘exceptional’. It truly has been a golden year.”
“Even more important than the headline figures is the evidence of progress made by our students that is significantly above the national average, regardless of their widely ranging academic starting points when they entered the academy in Year 7. The levels of progress in English and Mathematics, in particular, continue to be outstanding by any measure.”

Mr Atkins added that the strength of the GCSE results would inevitably mean that there would be a high demand for places in the BCCS Sixth Form. “We still have some places available in a range of A Level subjects and would urge any further external candidates who wish to enter Year 12 at BCCS this September to contact us as soon as soon as possible.” Details of how to apply are available on the school website.

The school’s GCSE results reveal that: 

•    In Mathematics, 94% of students made expected progress and 55% exceeded expected progress levels. (For comparison, 66% made expected progress nationally in 2015; this year’s national figure is not yet available.)
•    In English, 93% of BCCS students made at least expected progress, while 54% exceeded expectations. (Nationally, 69% made expected progress in 2015).


Issued on behalf of Bristol Cathedral Choir School by Edge Media

MEDIA CONTACTS: Head of School Paul Atkins on 0117 353 5000