Results set a new record
Somervale School, Midsomer Norton, has celebrated the best set of GCSE results in the school's history.
More than 100 students returned to the school to collect their results last week.
Head teacher Alun Williams said he was delighted with the first set of GCSE results under his leadership.
The number of pupils achieving 5 A*- C grades has shot up to more than 20 per cent above the national average to 90 per cent with a 13 per cent year on year rise to 54 per cent in the number of pupils who achieve five A*- C grades including maths and English.
Achievement in both English and maths has risen when compared to previous years with more than 70 per cent of students at the school achieving A*-C in maths and 60 per cent achieving the same grade levels in English.
The percentage of students achieving top grades in academic subjects for the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) has also risen significantly to give the school its best ever results. In total 22 per cent of students walk away with A*-C grades compared to 15 per cent nationally.
Students achieved exceptional results with a number walking away with top scores. Both Rory Morgan and William Mateer achieved five A* grades, Bethany Down achieved three A*s, with Charlie Fricker and Jack Hill collecting two A* grades.
Mr Williams, who joined the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership as headof both the town's secondary schools at the start of the school year, praised students and staff for their hard work.
He said: "I am really pleased with the results. They are especially significant as there has been a fall nationally.
"We are all absolutely delighted as it shows there was good judgement when Somervale joined together in the partnership with Norton Hill a couple of years ago.
"The results continue to show that Somervale is making great progress and has become a school that achieves good results."
Mr Williams said major improvements at the school, including a recent "good" Ofsted grading, had resulted in more confidence from local parents. In September 90 pupils will join the school, all of whom listed Somervale as their first choice.
He added: "In the past around 85 per cent of students who came to the school had listed Somervale as their second choice. This is no longer the case. All the students starting the school next month wanted to come to Somervale above any other school."