The first ever students to attend Isambard Community School reunited in November to celebrate five years of hard work at a graduation evening watched by family, friends, staff and special guests.
Perhaps the disadvantage of being a school which specialises in media is that video made during pupils’ lives is available as later evidence and the audience was treated to footage recorded over previous years. The low lights in the hall hid expressions but squeals betrayed embarrassment.
Class members were presented with their examination certificates by Andrew Kirk, senior manager at Lloyds TSB Commercial.
Mrs Mattey issued special prizes to the student leadership team, and to the ‘best boy’ Matt Gilbert and ‘best girl’ Anna Scully.
Afterwards former headboy Callum Smith,now at New College said: “I enjoyed my time at Isambard. We did GCSEs in a year which prepared us for the increased pressure we’re now experiencing on A level courses.”
Year group tutor Pablo Gomez wished his former pupils all the best for their futures. He said: “They were a fantastic cohort who made Isambard what it is today. They grew with the school and had an input to everything. We’re really proud of their achievements.”
In the Department of Education school performance league tables for exams taken in 2012, published on 23 January 2013, Isambard pupils delivered an impressive 65 per cent pass rate at A* to C at GCSE or equivalent, including English and Maths.
Above: Pablo Gomez with some of the graduation class. Below, the first ever Isambard intake in 2007. Bottom, the pupils just before they left for exam study in May 2012 with headteacher Rachael Mattey