Students at IKB Academy receiving their GCSE results

Congratulations to the hundreds of students in Year 11 who ended five years in Futura schools with some excellent results.

These young people, whose early years in secondary school were disrupted by the pandemic, saw determination, resilience and commitment pay off with success in their GCSEs and BTECs.

Our schools saw some excellent individual achievements as well as strong headline figures.

Among these were footballer Fearne Slocombe and poet Nara Pring from Bedminster Down School. Midfielder Fearne, who made her debut for Bristol City against Manchester City at Ashton Gate in January, is celebrating a Distinction* in her BTEC Health and Fitness as well as great results in all her GCSEs. Nara, who was named one of two Bristol Young Poets in the spring, overcame obstacles to achieve fantastic GCSE grades.

Headteacher Louise Davies said: “We’re delighted that so many of our young people have the results that will unlock doors to future success. They’ve worked hard and been rewarded. So have the staff who have tirelessly helped them through some difficult years. We’re a school that is passionate about the importance of community and I’d like to thank every member of our community for coming together and supporting our amazing students.”

All Chilton Trinity School Year 11s are moving on to the next stage in their education, training or employment following success at GCSE.

Notable student successes included Izabela Moskal, Katy Ou, Marcel Pizarski, Jaymi Henderson, Philip Soznal, Natalya Smith, Anna Allway, Henry Vaughan, Ruby Clay, Katarina Santos, Kira Ellis and Jacub Bogucki.

Headteacher Tom Newell said: “This year group faced significant challenges throughout their time at school. Their resilience, ambition and creativity will stand them in excellent stead for the future. The community can be incredibly proud of this set of young people.”

Clevedon School saw results up on 2019 outcomes against which grade boundaries were set, despite predictions that they would drop this year.

Jim Smith, headteacher, said: “As envelopes were opened, it was a real honour to witness so many happy students and families as they read the results.

“These outcomes, combined with all the other skills and talents that have been nurtured over the last five years make these students a truly wonderful cohort of individuals. They deserve each and every success.

IKB Academy headteacher Pete Headeach said: “We are extremely proud of our amazing Year 11 students; they have shown resilience and hard work to secure their results and fully deserve the outcomes they have collected.

It was a joy to share in their achievements. As a small school we really get to know our students and their families and look forward to so many students continuing their educational journey with us.”

High achievers included Ruby, Sean and Ben.

Outcomes remained strong at SBL Academy, with English achieving 80% at grade 4 and 64% at grade 5 and Maths 77% at grade 4 and 63% at grade 5.

Extremely strong progress was made by students including: Chloe T, Harry C, Madeline W, Charlie T, Edison G, Will A, Maisie S, Fin D, Ellie-May D, Esme B, Josh H, George S, Cody W. Outstanding outcomes were achieved by Harry C and Ellie May D.

Headteacher Dean Anderson said: “This has been an outstanding group of young people, very well supported by family, SBL staff, their peers and the wider community. It is a great pleasure to see so many young people who are able to have the full choice of what they can do next in life. As a school we are delighted with this excellent group and wish them all the best in the next phase of their education – they can be very proud of what they have achieved.”

Wellsway School has a long list of students who achieved high grades and is equally proud of those who exceeded expectations after making outstanding progress. The first list includes Bethany, Mindy, Lucy, Tobey, Sophia, Alfie, Benny, Raphael, Aaron, Isabella, Calvin and the second list Holly, Noah, Darcy, Florence, Ella, Isabella, Millie, Heidi, Phoebe, James, Jos, Oliver, Klea, India, Isla, Toby, Izzy and Molly.

Headteacher Rob Pearsall said: “Our students’ success means they can go on to the next step of their choosing knowing that they tried their hardest. We also recognise the additional anxiety caused by the events of the past years and thank our parents and carers for their continued support. Students should be reassured that the grades they have received have been fully earned and are the result of their hard work, dedication, and perseverance.”