DARTMOUTH Academy students have been jumping for joy after recording the best ever results for a Dartmouth school at GCSE.
Not only did the students achieving five good A*-C grades – the main figure quoted in league tables – jump by 12 per cent to 48 per cent, but also the number of students achieving A* and A grades has more than trebled.
A quarter of the 79 students achieved three or more A* and A grades – an increase of 10 per cent.
The results are even more impressive when set against the fact that exam regulators have made changes to the way students are assessed to make the qualifications harder.
These results mean that the Academy is on track to achieve its aim of significantly improving results each year and to become an Outstanding school
Student Kirsty Bradley is celebrating after achieving the grades she needs to take A-Levels. She hopes one day to become a journalist.
"I got an A in English literature and a B in history and geography," she said. "I'm really pleased with my grades, especially geography, which I didn't expect! I've enjoyed my time here at Dartmouth, the teachers are friendly and its changed a lot for the better over the last few years."
Isabel Lane said she was 'really, really pleased' after achieving an A for maths, A for physics and a distinction in ICT BTEC. She is going on to study A Levels and hopes to become an airline pilot.
"I've been really nervous about the results," she said "I didn't sleep last night! I'm really pleased. I've enjoyed it here, the teachers are very friendly and not scary at all!"
Bevan Thompson, who hopes to become an architect, is looking forward to his A levels after achieving great results, including an A* in maths, physics and design and technology.
"I was a bit worried about chemistry, but I got a B so I'm really pleased," he said. "I'm delighted with my results and am looking forward to A Levels. I really like it here at Dartmouth, everything has got better over the last few years, and the good relationships with the teachers we all have has made things much easier."
Aaron Cole achieved two As, an A*, four Bs and two Cs in his GCSEs. He wants to go on to study medicine. "I was worried I wouldn't do well, so I'm really delighted," he said. "I've enjoyed studying at Dartmouth and I'm on track to become a doctor, which really appeals to me as I want to do something that helps people. I haven't told my mum yet, she's going to be really excited!"
Principal Nick Hindmarsh said he was thrilled with the results and the Academy was making good progress.
"These are the best results ever achieved in this town and I am delighted for all the students involved," he said.
"The wonderful thing about being a teacher is seeing students achieve and exceed their targets – and this year we have seen so many students surpass themselves.
"Our staff team have done an incredible job to inspire our students, but it is the their application and dedication which brings success. We are delighted for the students who have made such great progress during their academic careers to date.
"When I started in 2011 I said our first year was about building the foundations for student success here, which we did, and now over the past two years we have increased student pass rates by 20 per cent, a trajectory we will maintain.
"The results and wider educational improvements, plus the new build, are starting to show the community we can make a difference and do what we say we will do. This is a most exciting time to be a part of Dartmouth Academy!"