THERE were celebrations at schools and colleges across South Devon today as GCSE pass rates soared.
South Devon College achieved a 100% pass rate across the board - including in Maths, English and Science - significantly above the national average.
Students will now progress on to AS levels and a range of other advanced vocational qualifications.
“The College continues to build on its success year-on-year, with great GCSE, vocational and Foundation Degree results, following on from our outstanding 100% achievement ‘A’ level results last week,” said College Principal Stephen Criddle.
“It reflects the high standards of teaching and learning available at South Devon College. I would like to pay tribute to all the staff and students who have worked so hard to achieve such outstanding results.”
Coombeshead Academy, Newton Abbot, students are celebrating GCSE results once again.
The percentage of students achieving GCSEs in Maths and English was 62 and 60 per cent respectively with 71 per cent achieving five or more GCSEs at grade C or higher.
In total 51 per cent achieved the important milestone of five plus A* to C grades including English and Maths
In line with national predictions results have gone down overall in spite of students and teachers working harder than ever.
Particular star performers include: Ferdia Brennan, 7A* 2A and a B; Flavio Ford, 4A* 3A and 3Bs; Hannah Holden, 3A* 8As; Megan Irish, 2A* 7As;
David Clarke, 2A* 7As; Aaron Nicholson, 3A* 6As 2Bs; Enrico Palma, 4A* 6As; Faye Shearman, 3A* 6As; Abigail Smith, 6A* 5As;,Rebecca Wahnon-Pym, 6A* 2As 1B;
Chloe Wood, 4A* 6As.
Lucy Wilday, 16, got all B grades and is staying on at Sixth Form to study Psychology, English Literature, German and Human Biology.
“I’m so happy and to celebrate I’m going to chill out with my friends.
Elsie Taylor, was chuffed to get one A*, four A grades and the rest were B and C grades.
“I was so surprised,” she said.
Enrico Palma, who excited to get four A* and six A grades.
He said he was nervous about picking up his results.
“I’ll now go on to study Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry at Torquay Boys Grammar,” he said.
Matthew Campbell will now be gong on to study Fashion Textiles at either South Devon College or Plymouth College of Arts after getting two A*, Four A, one B and two C.
“I revised hard but didn’t expect these grades,” he said.
“I’ll be having a sleep over to celebrate.”
Executive Head, Matthew Shanks, said "Once again students and staff should be proud of their efforts.
“The change to the exam systems currently taking place make taking examinations even more difficult than ever and young people should celebrate these achievements.”
154 students at Torquay Boys’ Grammar School recorded a 100% pass rate at 5 A*-C, including English and Maths. Andrew Sellek scored a remarkable 13 A*s whilst Edward Gow-Smith and Jonathan Rosser recorded 12 A*s. 8 more students – William Harris, Matthew Holyoak, Robert Maybin, Oliver Morgan, Joseph Oswald, Timothy Simpson, Hayden Wong and Ezziddin Yonis - gained 11 A*s, with Marcus Marino, Samuel Turner, Jonathan Vaughan Burleigh and Jake Crossland recording 10 A*s. So 15 boys recorded 10 A*s or more, whilst 57 students out of the cohort of 154 achieved a phenomenal 10 As and A*s.
At a time when the Government is seeking to deflate results, the core subjects baulk the trend; in Mathematics 123 boys scored A*/A, in English 90 whilst in Biology, Chemistry and Physics A*/A scores were 84, 98 and 106.
Roy Pike, Headmaster, congratulated staff and pupils on yet again returning a magnificent set of results.
Paignton Community and Sports Academy was celebrating its best ever GCSE results.
Out of the 262 pupils entered for examinations this year 87 % achieved 5 or more A*- C grades an increase of 7 % on last year and 52% achieved the 5 or more including English and Maths which is well above the Government floor target set for schools for 2015 and 6 % above last year’s results.
Every pupil achieved examination success.
The progress measure in Maths and English also improved with a big increase in the number of pupils making expected levels of progress, up 13% in English and 4 % in Maths.
A spokesman said subjects with very pleasing results this year are Maths, English, Textiles, French, Media, Triple Science and Food.
Chair of Governors Iris Butler said: "These are a magnificent set of results, a testament to the exceptionally hard work put in by staff pupils and parents."
Principal Jane English said: "Academic Achievement in the Academy improves year on year and my congratulations go to our pupils who have worked very hard indeed to secure these results."
At St Cuthbert Mayne in Torquay staff said they were 'delighted'.
A spokesman added: "The results are closer to our targets than in previous years with approximately two thirds of the cohort achieving higher grade passes in English and Maths.
"Eleven students got at least 8 A*/A grades in their results and almost half of the cohort achieved at least 8 grade A*-C grades.
"As always some students did exceptionally well – three got 40 higher grade passes between them and 36 of these were A* or A grades! I am pleased for all the students, their parents and for the staff who worked so hard to help them achieve well.”
Bob Owers, head teacher at Churston Ferrers Grammar School said: “Year 11 produced a fantastic set of results. All 130 students achieved 5 A*- C including English and maths and over 60 per cent of all the entries achieved either an A* or A grade. The students worked extremely hard and the staff at the school are very proud of their achievements.”
Newton Abbot College students and staff are today celebrating outstanding GCSE results of all students, placing the College in the top 10 per cent of schools in the country for student progress.
A record 63 per cent of students achieved the important milestone of five plus A*-C grades in GCSE including Maths and English, the sixth year in which results have risen.
Top performers included: Evie Bailey, who achieved five A* and six A grades; Charlotte Ball, who achieved four A* and five A grades; Maria Bond, with three A* and seven A grades; Natasha Hearn (three A* and five A grades); and Rachel Worthington (two A* and seven A grades).
And a special mention goes to the student who made most progress during her five years at the College, Amy Bond, who achieved an excellent eight A grades and five B grades. Across the board, levels of progress for all students were outstanding.
Maria Bond was thrilled with her results.
“I can’t believe I got an A in French as I thought I’d end up with a D,” she joked.
“I’m now going to do A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Psychology and Business Studies split between Newton Abbot College and Teign School.
“I was so nervous getting my results, I ended up eating lots of cake the day before I picked them up.”
Catriona Maslin was at the college getting her results with her sister Cassie who received her A Level results last week along with mum Stephanie.
“I got two A* and As and three B, I’m really happy and I didn’t expect it.
“I’m now going on to study English Literature, Biology, Physiology and Ethics and Drama.”
Emily Mcelhinney who got one A*, four A, four B and one C is off to Exeter College to study Geography, Business Studies, Stage Management and TV and film production.
“I worked hard and can’t wait to start college. Eventually I’d like a career in the media,” said Emily.
Principal Gareth Davies commented: “We have set ourselves the target of being outstanding in everything we do and these outstanding results show that we have achieved this target at GCSE.
“This group of students have been a joy to teach and we look forward to welcoming them back into our Sixth Form. We will not rest on our laurels, however, and know that our
GCSE results will show another significant rise in 2014.”
GCSE 11 students at Teign School, Kingsteignton, have followed in the footsteps of their A Level counterparts and produced a very good set of GCSE results this year.
All the key indicators have shown significant improvements, with the percentage of students gaining the English Baccalaureate likely to be amongst the highest in the county. In addition, the percentage of students gaining the top A* or A grades has increased to over 20 per cent.
Headteacher, Mark Woodlock, commented: “We are very pleased that so many students have fully demonstrated the excellent potential they have.
“We are particularly encouraged with the progress measures that assess how well students of all abilities achieve. In most areas, these are significantly above the national benchmarks.
“Our students have shown terrific fortitude in gaining these successes when there is so much uncertainty in the exam system. Students at all levels and in all subject areas have demonstrated that they recognise the value of achieving good grades, rewarding the exceptional relationships they have built up with staff.”
Sisters Lily and Daisy Potter both picked up their grades.
“Daisy is more practical than me,” said Lily.
“I’m really happy with my grades apart from getting a B in French, I hoped that would have been higher,” she said.
“I’ll be staying on at Teign to do courses in French, English Language, Law and Geography.”
Daisy will be going to Exeter College to study English Language, Physiology , Sociology and Media.
Teign student Georgina Stephens said she was nervous when she picked up her results, but the nerves turned to joy.
She got two A*, three A, three B and one C.
“I’ll continue my education at Sixth Form and will be doing courses in Drama, HIstory, English Literature and Geography,
“I wanted to stay on at Teign as it’s a nice school with good teachers.”
Her friend Steph Bailey also did well, achieving two A*, three A, four B and one C.
“We’re going to the Pizza Cafe in town to celebrate,” she said.
“I’m going on to Sixth Form to study Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry.”
Rob Strachen was one of the school’s star pupils, getting seven A* and three A grades.
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.
25 per cent 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.
"What is clear is that the more exposure students have had to the Academy the better their outcomes. Those who left this year have been in the Academy for 3 of their 5 secondary school years. We anticipate another 10 per cent improvement next summer.
“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!”
Students at South Dartmoor Community College, Ashburton, are celebrating their GCSE results on a good day for the College.
Results were a significant improvement upon last year with 66 per cent of students achieving five A*-C including English and Maths and 92 per cent achieving five or more A*-C. The results are particularly pleasing as the year group were, uniquely for the college, below the national average on entry but have now performed significantly above the national average.
Students who attained particularly highly were: Charly Mould, six A*, sixA; Dani Hayllor, five A*,six A; James Moore, four A*, five A; Olivia Hunter, 12A; Luke Rutley, seven A*, four A; Katie Dunn, six A*, six A; Sadie Harriot, seven A*, four A; Bobby Garner, one A*, seven A; Madeline Brunt, five A*, six A; Laura Krushin, two A*,ten A; Jenny Lodge, four A*, seven A ; Amy Barnett, three A*,eight A; Will Simmons, three A*, eight A;
Sam Carayannis, seven A*,four A;Dan Allen; four A*, six A;Ben Roberts, three A*, six A; Jamie Bishop, two A*, six A;
Shannon Chaplin, nine A; Debbie Allen, five A*, five A; Daniella Gregory, four A*, six A; Hannah Henderson, three A*, eight A; Dan Sterling, six A*, three A; Amy Lawton, three A*, six A; Henry Sanders-Wright, one A*, eight A.
Principal, Hugh Bellamy, was pleased with the College’s progress and with the number of students achieving top grades.
Will Simmons was thrilled to get three A*, six A and One B.
“I’m ecstatic and am going to play golf to celebrate,” he said.
“I was quite nervous and glad I got the results I did as now I’ll be doing A Levels in Music, Physics, Chemistry and Maths. I think I’d maybe like to have a career in music as I play the drums and piano.”
George Yabsley was equally happy after getting six As and four B grades.
“I did pretty good,” he said.
“I’m not going to do study Music, History which are my favourite subjects.
“Eventually I’d like a career in the forces.”
Holly Barnett was also a high flyer got eight A grades.
“I didn’t have time to get nervous as I’ve been to Africa helping to build a house for a widow with my church,” she said.
“I’m happy with my grades. I’ll now do Music, Maths, Psychology and Economics.”
Teignmouth’s Trinity School is delighted with another set of great GCSE results to complement last week’s A levels.
Pupils excelled, with top performers Toby Waterworth and Jess Holding both netting 11 straight A* and A grades each.
Toby said: “I’m delighted, great results.”
Robbie Gates and Alana Crago were just behind with nine and eight each,.
“I’m really pleased – thanks so much to my teachers,” said Alana.
The year got 84 per cent A* to C grades and 73 per cent getting 5 A* to C including English and Maths.
Trinity headteacher, Tim Waters, said: “For a genuine full abillty range school to end up 15 per cent ahead of the national figure is a great result.
“Our students have worked very hard this year and some of the individual stories of overcoming illness or lack of confidence have been heart-warming.”
Top overseas student was Hugo Man with an A* and two A grades.
Head of KS4, Rob Larkman said: “We’ve had our local pupils excel and our international pupils right on their heels. To perform so well in a second language shows what a great foundation they have for A levels.”
With all key indicators showing clear improvement on last year, Headmaster Tim Waters is delighted.
“ Alongside our high-flyers we have pupils for whom getting five good quality GCSEs is a real challenge,” he said.
“This year the vast majority have made it, even though the Government’s changes have increased the challenge for them. We’ve got a lot of smiling faces this morning on results day.”
Stover School, Newton Abbot, celebrated 100 per cent pass rate with its GCSE results, with 32 per cent at A* or A grade.
“I am again delighted with this year’s results. I attribute the success at this level to the bespoke academic programme we offer.
“Pupils worked hard and their achievements have enabled them to progress successfully
to their chosen course of study,” Sue Bradley, Principal at Stover.
Top Performers include: Gabriela Bridger, eight A* grades and three A grades; Emily Morris seven A* grades and three A grades; Georgina Allen five A* grades and five A grades; Bethany Milward three A* grades, five A grades and two B grades, Annabel Kennedy, two A*
grades, five A grades, two B grades and one C grade; Andrew Burton, five A
grades, four B grades and one C grade.