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HUNDREDS of teenagers in Henleaze and Westbury are celebrating after scoring impressive results in their A-level and GCSE exams.

Among them are the first group of students to complete five years at Bristol Free School, which opened in 2011 following a campaign by parents for a local secondary school.

Many of the youngsters will notch up another first this month when they join the school’s new sixth form.

Head teacher Paul Jones said:  “It’s having a wider impact beyond the school itself in terms of community cohesion and friendship groups. We are expecting a substantial chunk of pupils, upwards of 75%, to stay with us in the sixth form. There is a gap in terms of sixth form provision in the north of the city, just as there was a gap in the secondary provision.”

Karen Lynch, chief executive of Russell Education Trust, which runs the free school, said: “The parents who worked with us to establish a new secondary school for North West Bristol, can be justly proud of BFS because it is the expanding and high-achieving school for which they campaigned.”


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Emma Cooper (Publisher)