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Final school bell for Gareth
9:29am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
A RETIRING head teacher made an emotional tribute to his pupils as they celebrated a sparkling set of GCSE results.
Gareth Bell arrived at the Romsey School with a heavy heart yesterday (Thursday), knowing it was the last time he would celebrate with teenagers opening their results.
Nearly a third (30 per cent) of the 2013 class clinched either A* or A grades, with 28 per cent of pupils scoring five or more A* and A grades.
Overall, 93 per cent of pupils clinched A* to C grades with 67 per cent getting five, including maths and English and 98 per cent A* to G.
Mr Bell is bowing out after 18 years at Romsey to pursue his hobby of mountain climbing.
After being presented with a ceremonial bell the 57-year-old, whose sons, Chris, 22, and Sam, 18, are former pupils of the school, said: “It’s the greatest thing in the world seeing them so happy with their results and going on to the next stage in their lives.
“It’s a very significant moment coming in for both teachers and pupils and I shall miss it in years to come.
“It’s been a pleasure and privilege to teach here. The children really thrive here and the staff really care for the children.”
Star performers included deputy head boy, Patrick Bolton, who got 16 A*s and As after taking an extra Latin exam and triple sciences.
The 16-year-old, who starred in the school’s production of Les Miserables, and plays the Continued on page 12 saxophone and flute, said: “I was a bit nervous coming into school today but I was always confident in how I would do.”
Meanwhile Elizabeth Harris got 11 A*s and while Melissa Field and Grace Birch got 13 A*s and As each.
Grace said: “We were just over the moon it was such an amazing feeling opening them and we want to thank our teachers who have been so helpful.”
Executive headteacher Jonathan de Sausmarez said: “The students results have been well deserved and we are very proud to see their career progress and life progress.”
He added: “Mr Bell has Romsey School running through his blood, he is a huge credit to the school and we will miss him.”
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