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I thought they might have made a mistake, says top scoring GCSE pupil

Bristol 16-year-old is surprised but proud of her high grades in English and maths

A student who scored a string of top grades in her GCSEs said she was surprised by her results.

Grace George, 16, achieved grade 9s in English literature and maths and an 8 in English language at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Bristol.

“I didn’t expect my results and I thought they might have made a mistake,” she joked.

Grace George, 16, wants to study medicine or maths (Rod Minchin/PA)

“I feel the grade boundaries were lower because it was the first year and I am pretty proud of my grade in English,” the teenager, from Whitehall in Bristol, said.

“I want to study medicine or possibly maths at university.”

Fellow student Tim Gibberd scored a 9 – the new highest grade – in maths, a 7 in English literature and a 6 in English language.

He also picked up 4A*s and three As in his other GCSEs.

Tim Gibberd, 16, is now looking forward to his A-levels (Rod Minchin/PA)

“I am quite pleased. I was expecting a mix of A*s and As and I got that,” the 16-year-old, from the Clifton area of Bristol, said.

“I felt the new system in maths worked really well.

“I am looking forward to A-levels. I did fairly well in the subjects I plan on studying, biology, maths, chemistry and physics.”

Other students who did well at the school included Ben Kelly, from Bower Ashton, who got a grade 9 and two grade 7s in English and maths, one A* distinction, three A*s and three As, and Beth Nott, who got two 9s, one 8, one A* distinction, five A*s and one A in her GCSEs.

Head teacher Elisabeth Gilpin said: “This has been a year of great change and challenge for everyone within state education.

“In face of this national picture, I am incredibly grateful to our students and staff for their tireless work and dedication to achieve such fantastic results in 2017.

Sophie Greenwood, 16, and Ella Khanna, 16, scored a string of top GCSE grades at St Mary and Temple School in Bristol (Rod Minchin/PA)

“We are delighted that 84% of our students have achieved grades C/4 or above which marks a significant improvement on very good results last year.

“In maths and English language 88% of students obtained a grade 4 or above. Our highest attaining students again performed extremely well with 32% of all results graded at A/7 or above.

“The fact that St Mary Redcliffe and Temple students have achieved these results demonstrates that young people of all abilities and backgrounds can succeed.

“A number of our students have done so against the odds, facing major life challenges and ill-health. We are extremely proud of their triumph in adversity.”

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