Thursday, August 22, 2013
Honiton Community College principal echoes concerns over tougher grade boundaries in core subjects.
Students at Honiton Community celebrated some fantastic GCSE results despite the introduction of tougher grade boundaries in core subjects.
Students Katy Durrant, Megan Hawkins, Brittany Lakin, George Hack, Ella Symonds and Robert Bourne were just some of today’s (Thurday) success stories.
Katy Durrant received two A*, four As, three Bs, and C, Megan Hawkins came away with two A*, six A, two B, and Brittany Lakin obtained three A*, three A, three Bs and C.
George Hack received A*, four As, three Bs and two Cs, Ella Symonds obtained A*, seven As, and two Bs, and Robert Bourne came away with seven As and two Bs.
The college says the averagae point scores per entry and other figures were similar to last year’s record breaking performance.
This year, for the first year in over a decade, the majority of students have studied a GCSE in a modern foreign language.
It was also a good day for students Daniel Greenland, who achieved three As, four Bs, and C, and will now go on to study maths, physics, sport and psychology at the college and Tommy Gillard, who recieved three As, six Bs, and a distinction in ICT.
Connie Wilson will be studying fine arts, English litertaure and biology at Exeter College after obatining five Bs, three Cs and a merit in ICT.
Rosie Tanner will be studying A levels in biology, chemistry, business studies and psychology and obtained five As, two Bs, and two Cs, and a merit in ICT.
Hollie Miller-Ratcliffe was over the moon with her two A*, five Bs and C, and will be continuing her studies at the college doing A Levels in English language, maths, graphics and geography.
The success was echoed by students Kira Foster and Johanne Gorman, who took some of their GCSEs early. Kira achieved a A grade in Biology and Johanne received a B in the same subject. They also passed their mock GCSEs with flying colours.
The college said that this Year 11 cohort performed admirably in light of the tougher grade boundaries.
Principal Glenn Smith said: “Though students and staff have worked harder than ever before during the 2012/13 academic year, and generally speaking students have made expected progress, I would like to echo leading educationalists who recently called for some stability within the exams system as it is becoming increasingly more difficult to compare the performance of students year on year.
“It is no longer possible to assume that children taking examinations years apart would get the same grade for the same standard of work and those who have achieved similar standards of work may be graded differently.
“We have a number of students who we thought were on track to achieve C grades in core subjects only to find that they have slipped below the new boundary where these boundaries have been changed. Of course, where appropriate we will be requesting remarks and possibly appealing on behalf of students who have, in our opinion, missed out because of such changes.
“We can’t change national politics, we can and must continue to recognise and celebrate the hard work and success of our students.”