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GCSE results 2020: Red Balloon ‘incredibly proud of amazing students’

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Students at Red Balloon who could not continue in mainstream education because of bullying and other issues are celebrating another great set of GCSE results.

Children at Red Balloon Cambridge (40970423)
Children at Red Balloon Cambridge (40970423)

Of children who took GCSE maths, 72 per cent received grades 4 to 9, 78 per cent achieved the same in English, and they gained a host of other qualifications

Red Balloon is a network of small academic and therapeutic centres supporting children who are absent from school because of bullying or some other trauma in their lives. Its Cambridge centre is in Warkworth Terrace, and Red Balloon of the Air - its online school - is based in Milton.

Rob Watson, director of education, said: “Students and teachers have had an anxious wait over the last few weeks, particularly given the challenging year that we’ve all experienced. And we want students to know that they are all successes and we are incredibly proud of them.

“All of our students came to Red Balloon because they simply couldn’t attend mainstream school any more; whether because of severe bullying, mental health problems or some other trauma in their lives. Many had been missing from lessons for months, if not years.

“No grade on a certificate can ever express just how amazing our students are. Between them, they’ve overcome a whole range of challenges such as post traumatic stress disorder, severe anxiety and depression, complete loss of confidence, agoraphobia and eating disorders. We’re proud of the progress they’ve made, how much they’ve grown as individuals and we feel privileged to have been part of their journeys.

“We hope our students are proud too, and we are on hand to help them move on to whatever happens next. I’m sure the future holds great things for all of them now they have the renewed self-confidence and self-belief they need, alongside their academic results. We look forward to hearing about their achievements over the years to come.”

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