Students at the Merchants’ Academy, the pioneering south Bristol school co-sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers and University of Bristol, achieved exceptional GCSE results in summer 2013, making it one of the most improved schools in the country.
Fifty-one per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C grades, including English and Maths, in their GCSEs and equivalent qualifications.
This places the Academy in 31st place (and therefore in the top 1% nationally) in a league table published in The Telegraph revealing the top 100 most improved secondary state schools in England. The leagues tables are based on data from the Department of Education comprising the GCSE and equivalent results for examinations taken at all types of schools in England in summer 2013.
Anthony Brown, Master of the Merchant Venturers said: “These are outstanding results and we are proud of the Academy’s staff and pupils. There is, of course, further distance to travel for the Academy, but these GCSE scores are further evidence of the strong progress that is being achieved and of the benefits of our partnership.”
Merchants’ Academy in Withywood was founded in 2008 and is sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers and Bristol University. It received an overwhelmingly positive Ofsted inspection in 2011.