Mangotsfield School students ‘excel’ in exams

LEADERS at Mangotsfield School say they are “delighted” with the results Year 11 pupils achieved in their GCSE and Level 2 BTEC exams.

The school says this year’s candidates produced the best progress scores – recording the improvement in performance during the course of their time at secondary school – that Mangotsfield has ever received.

This year’s GCSE candidates had two years of disruption as lockdowns during 2020 and 2021 meant most pupils spent much of Year 8 and 9 learning from home.

They were having their results graded in line with those awarded during the last pre-covid year in 2019.

Head teacher Hetty Blackmore said: “These results are testament to the improvement journey the school has been on in the last few years.

“Huge congratulations to the students who have done so well, and thank you to the dedicated teachers who have supported them throughout.

“Despite facing challenges with lockdowns in the early part of their secondary school career, these students have excelled, moving into their chosen post-16 pathway at sixth form, college or an apprenticeship.”

Among the students whose successes the school has been celebrating are Kailas Metcalfe, who achieved four GCSE grade 9s, four 8s and a 6, and Aston Prideaux, who achieved two grade 8s, three 6s and a 5.

Mangotsfield School is part of the Castle School Education Trust, which also includes Downend School and Lyde Green Primary School.

The school shares a sixth form centre with Downend School, which is based at Downend’s Westerleigh Road site.

Mangotsfield leavers also go on to colleges including St Brendan’s and SGS, as well as apprenticeships with local employers.

The school was given its first ever ‘good’ rating by education watchdog Ofsted last year, after inspectors found the school was “rapidly improving”, with leaders who have raised expectations and pupils who are “working harder”.