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South-west teachers 'prepare to celebrate GCSE success'

27/08/2009 Kelly
Teenagers in the south-west city of Bristol are expected to receive record-breaking exam results today (August 27th), it has been reported.

According to This is Bristol, more secondary school students than ever have achieved at least five good passes in core GCSE subjects such as maths and English.

Those without five passes in grades A* to C, the usual benchmark for entrance into sixth form, are being encouraged to think carefully about their options to avoid becoming those not in education or training (Neet), claims the local news site.

The number of Neets currently living in Bristol is already said to have topped 1,000.

This is Bristol suggests the apparent improvements in state school results may be due to the inclusion of two new state-funded academies.

Last September saw Colston's Girls' School and Bristol Cathedral Choir School drop their selective, fee-paying status.

In other local news, more than 100 teachers in the city have helped to raise local education standards by completing a training programme.

Written by Alan Douglas

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