Isambard Community School in North Swindon came of age this summer, having seen its very first intake of students depart with excellent GCSE results.
Seventy eight per cent returned five or more A* – C grades, with 65 per cent achieving the five top grades including English and Maths.
Many students had taken GCSEs prior to reaching Year 11, reflecting the school’s ethos of encouraging the most able to take exams when ready rather than when they have reached a certain year.
Speaking about the pupils’ performance, headteacher Rachel Mattey said: “I am really pleased with the results and feel that our slightly different approach to exams has been vindicated.
“The majority of our students have now gone on to college, with some starting apprenticeships and a small number going straight into work.”
Top achievers this year include Matthew Gilbert who not only received 12 A* GCSEs, he also passed AS level Maths and achieved an A-level qualification through his extended research topic in film-making.
Year 10 student Charlotte Higgs got three A* and two As in her GCSEs, while Josh Graham achieved an A in his A-level extended topic, and was one of only 335 students in the country to be granted a prestigious engineering scholarship from the Arkwright Scholarships Trust.
Year 11 lead peer mentor Katie Chilvers received the PMs Plate at Isambard’s annual award evening on 12 September from the Mayor of Swindon Michael Bray and guest speaker 1988 Winter Olympian Eddie the Eagle Edwards.