75-year-old Bristol student achieves A* GCSE

Rita Stockley Photo: City of Bristol College

75-year-old City of Bristol College student, Rita Stockley achieved an A* in her French GCSE today, three years after gaining an A* in Spanish.

She took the qualification to keep her mind fresh during her retirement. She said: “It’s a bit more interesting than doing crosswords”.

Ms Stockley now says she wants to learn Italian.

Thousands of teenagers across the South West are also receiving their GCSE results today.

Jess Turner and Aurelia Farrall celebrate their results at Bristol Cathedral Choir School Credit: Bristol Cathedral Choir School

38% of GCSEs taken at Bristol Cathedral Choir School were awarded A* or A grades in 2012 – up from 32% last year. *At Queen’s College in Taunton *54% of all exams were graded A* and A and 95% were graded A*-C. Four students were also awarded some of the top marks in the country.

Students collect results at Oasis Academy Credit: ITV West

Students at Oasis Academy were also celebrating after 63% of pupils at the school achieved 5 A* to C grades including English and Maths. Last year that figure was just 30%. The school had been failing until it was taken over by Oasis and a new headmaster.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary have already issued a message to students who have received their GCSE results warning them to be careful when celebrating:

  • Trust your instincts. If you don't feel comfortable in a situation, leave it.
  • Try to avoid putting yourself in a situation where you are relying on other people; they might not be there when you need them.
  • Be aware of your alcohol consumption – it impairs your judgements and can reduce your safety.
  • Ensure your friends are aware of where you are and where you are going.
  • On a night out always keep an eye on your drink and don't accept drinks from strangers.
  • Think ahead and always plan your journeys, avoiding isolated or deserted areas.
  • Avoid walking alone at night, and keep to well-lit main roads where possible.
  • Try not to use shortcuts through dark alleys, waste ground or parks.
  • Stay alert: be aware of what's going on around you.
  • Avoid wearing headphones when travelling alone. Your ability to hear what is going on around you is severely impaired.
  • Always ensure someone knows where you are going, your intended route and your expected arrival time.

Officers from the force say they will be keeping an eye out for teenagers in parks and open spaces to make sure they party safely and responsibly.

They will also be countering underage drinking by confiscating alcohol, and could use dispersal powers to break up groups of young people behaving in an anti-social way.

The force maintain they are not being "killjoys" and that they only want to ensure that students stay safe and enjoy themselves without affecting other people.

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