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Hymers is an unpretentious place. Standards and expectations are high and exam results very commendable. Little, if anything, to match it locally. Where talent is recognised (whether in sport, music or the arts) pupils are given support and encouragement but are expected to demonstrate commitment and be prepared to put in extra time and effort after school and on Saturdays. Opting out isn't an option. Pupils are open, bright, positive and enthusiastic. They value the… 

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Since 2006, David Elstone (50s). Read history and geography at University College, Cardiff and has taught at a variety of independent schools (including six years as depute rector at Hutchesons' Grammar School in Glasgow).

Unceremonious and determined, with a good sense of humour and plenty of drive. He was described by one parent as ‘immensely caring’. Brought in ‘massive changes’ and, as one parent told us, he ‘kept the high standards but relaxed the whole school down’. Passionate about education and helping young people to become better learners.

Passion extends to Bristol City football club. A former cricket and hockey master, he maintains his interest in cricket and is a member of the MCC. Married with two sons.

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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