With the new autumn term now in full swing – KnowleDGE Learning Centre has been celebrating a record number of students achieving GCSEs this summer.
The Learning Centre in Knowle West caters for students aged 5 to 18 from across south Bristol with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties and has a growing number of students accessing its services.
This year 16 students sat GCSEs, eight of whom were able to complete three subjects each including English, maths, science and history. Five years ago most year 11 students were only sitting entry-level qualifications, not recognised as mainstream GCSEs.
Lewis Tudor (16) joined the school two years ago and said he was “really pleased” with his results.
And 16-year-old Callum Jarrett who joined the school five years ago said: “I didn’t think I’d do so well. Dyslexia has always held me back until I started at Knowle DGE. I’m proud to have done this well”.
KnowleDGE Headteacher Darren Ewings said: “Pupils often join the school mid-way through their education which presents challenges for them and us on being ready for mainstream qualifications.
“A mix of high expectations, strong relationships and support from home and tailored teaching means that GCSEs are now becoming more within reach. Whatever the final grades we know that our students will be leaving with more opportunities ahead of them than ever before.”
The school was judged as ‘good’ by government inspectors Ofsted in 2014 and noted for outstanding features in its 6th form.