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Students, parents and staff at Roehampton Gate School (formerly Priory Lodge School) are celebrating following their excellent GCSE results.

Located in South West London, Roehampton Gate School is a specialist day school for children and young people aged 7-19 years with high functioning autism and associated conditions.

The overall GCSE pass rate was 84% at Roehampton Gate School, which was 7.7% above the national average at 76.3% and an exceptional achievement during these unprecedented times. In addition, 100% of students supported by the school successfully moved on to positive destinations, including colleges and apprenticeships.

Alongside the positive academic results, the personal development of the young people remains another key focus at Roehampton Gate School. With the introduction of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award as a new qualification at the school, this further helps to develop the young people’s character, resilience, problem solving and communication skills. Students achieved an overall pass rate of 74%, which exceeded the national data of 54%. There were many other remarkable achievements during the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, including 10 students walking over 12 miles, who had never previously walked more than two miles.

Students also achieved 100% in the Performing Arts Bronze Award. Performing Arts is a positive way for young people with autism to express themselves and their anxieties though music, song and lyrics. The end of year moderation by the exam board identified the work as ‘excellent and rich’ in detail, highlighting confidence in high quality work standards.

Louise Reeks, Head Teacher at Roehampton Gate School, said: “I’m incredibly proud of our students, who have stayed strong and worked tirelessly to produce the required work needed to achieve their targeted GCSE’s, Performing Arts Bronze and the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. I want to acknowledge the excellent academic results achieved by our students and in particular those studying English, maths, science and computer science. I look forward to hearing how our leavers progress as they enter the next chapter in their life through further education, employment, apprenticeships and training.”