KINGSDOWN School celebrated a strong set of GCSE results which have been hailed as 'truly transformational'.

Out of all Year 11 students, 60 per cent achieved a grade four or above in English and maths and 39 per cent achieving a grade five in both subjects.

Four is a pass while five is a strong pass.

Department results across the school showed significant improvements while the performance of its disadvantaged students was the best in its history.

This year’s students performed on average half a grade better than last year’s students.

Headteacher Emma Leigh-Bennett said: "We are absolutely delighted to see such a strong set of GCSEs today for our students.

"These results reflect all their considerable efforts, pride and ambition over the past two years.

"This change has been as a result of our strong leadership resulting in high expectations of all, improved curriculum and assessment and the ongoing championing each and every one of students.

"These achievements are well-deserved and will provide our students with firm foundations and open doors to their future ambitions. Congratulations, cohort of 2019.

"I would also like to give a special mention to our whole staff team who worked tirelessly to champion and ensure that each and every student was able to achieve their very best.

"These results would not have been possible without their support and expert guidance.  I would also like to thank and acknowledge all our parents for their support."