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Students’ A level joy

11:06 14 August 2014

Seaton twins Fiona and Adele Gage, 18,  achieved identical results - AACs - and will both go to study geography at Exeter University.  Pictured centre is Lydia Burrough, 18, of Seaton, who gained AAB and a distinction star and will return to the college next year. Photo by Chris Carson

Seaton twins Fiona and Adele Gage, 18, achieved identical results - AACs - and will both go to study geography at Exeter University. Pictured centre is Lydia Burrough, 18, of Seaton, who gained AAB and a distinction star and will return to the college next year. Photo by Chris Carson


Axe Valley and West Dorset schools announce some outstanding exam results

Marcus Wood, 18, from Axminster who achieved an A in music and Annabel Jackson, 16, from Beer who gained four As. Photo by Chris Carson.Marcus Wood, 18, from Axminster who achieved an A in music and Annabel Jackson, 16, from Beer who gained four As. Photo by Chris Carson.

Students across the Axe Valley and West Dorset are celebrating another set of outstanding A level results today (Thursday, August 14).

The Woodroffe School at Lyme Regis achieved a 100 per cent pass rate.

Twenty-six per cent of entries were graded A*/A, and a superb 55 per cent A*/A or B.

There were some outstanding individual A-Level performances, with two students, Alice Jenkin (A*, A, A) and Tom Gater (A*, A*, A*) securing places to study at Oxford University

Colyton Grammar School students celebrate their A level resultsColyton Grammar School students celebrate their A level results

Christopher De Bank achieved two A* grades in Maths and Physics plus an A in Further Maths; Hannah Pullinger gained A*s in English and Geography plus an A in Art and Design Graphics; Rachael Clarke achieved A*s in Drama and History plus a B in English Literature; Alexandra McStea an A* in Maths and As in Biology and Physics; Jess Morgan an A* in Art and Design Critical Studies and As in English Literature and History; Polly Rodin an A* in History and As in Biology and English Literature; Bethany Staples an A* in Physics and As in Maths and Chemistry; Ciaran Badman and Oscar Bailey both achieved A*s in Maths, As in Physics and Bs in Further Maths; Sami Fendal gained three A grades in Art and Design, Photography and Textiles; Tom Kiernan gained an A* in Maths, an A in Further Maths and a B in Physics; Cleo Nester an A* in Drama, an A in History and a B in English Literature; Ellie Pring As in Biology and History and a B in Chemistry; Rebecca Riddle three As in Biology, Chemistry and Maths; Fiona Sinclair an A* in Biology, an A in History and a B in Chemistry.

Results at AS Level were also impressive, with 38% of students gaining As or Bs, and 62% achieving C or above. Again, there were some excellent individual results including an outstanding set of six A grades from Frances Penrose. Shannon Allen and Ele Saltmarsh both achieved 3As and 2 Bs, while Celine Davies, Jamie Jeffery and Emma Lewis all gained three As. Ele Saltmarsh and Emma Lewis also achieved A*s in the Extended Project Qualification.

Woodroffe headteacher Dr Richard Steward told The Herald: “Students have done superbly this year, helping the school to achieve some its best A-level results ever.

“I am delighted to see so many individuals achieving A* and A grades, and particularly pleased not to see a single U grade in any subject.

“It is also pleasing to note the consistency in results across all subject areas: for a medium sized comprehensive school in a rural area, Woodroffe offers an excellent range of subject choices at A-level and it is good to see students performing well in all of them. It is particularly encouraging to see top class performance in both the arts and sciences.

“Students have a fantastic time in the sixth form at Woodroffe but they also manage to achieve well academically. Alice Jenkin and Tom Gater have done exceptionally well to gain places to study at Oxford but there are students leaving Woodroffe to take up places at many of the best universities in the country. I am pleased to say that the vast majority of students met their target grades and secured their first choices of university places. We all wish them well and are confident that they are on course to succeed at degree level.

“With constant changes to examination specifications and accountability measures, this has been a difficult year for sixth forms and sixth formers, and it is a tribute to the professionalism and expertise of staff at Woodroffe that students have been guided so successfully through very turbulent waters.”


Sixth Form students at The Axe Valley Community College have achieved another set of strong results, earning many places at top universities.

Overall, 77 per cent of A level grades were A* to C and 46 per cent A to B. The average points score for full time A Level students was 694 and the average grade per entry was 209.

Performance was strong in traditional academic subjects as well as newer vocational courses. In A Level Maths, for example, six out of the nine students taking the subject achieved A grades.

Among the top performers were:

• Shavaun Womersley (AAB) – studying Law at Exeter University.

• Simon Holland (AAB) – studying Chemistry at Warwick. University

• Hannah Elliot (AAB) – studying Law at Exeter University.

• Jared Stevens (A*BB) – studying Law at the University of Law.

• Adele Gage (AAC) - studying Geography at Exeter University.

• Fiona Gage (AAC) - studying Geography at Exeter University.

• Marcus Wood (ABB) – studying Drama.

• Kieran Parker (ABB) – studying Physics at Southampton University.

• Sophie Reeve (B, Distinction*, Distinction*) – studying nursing at Cardiff University.

Headteacher Martin Smith told The Herald: “Congratulations to all our students on these excellent results. We are delighted with their success, which reflect the tremendous hard work they have invested in studying over the last two years. We are particularly pleased that all students with university offers have been accepted onto their chosen courses. Good luck all leavers for the future. Lastly, an enormous thank you to the teachers and staff for their hard work in enabling students to achieve these results.”


More than 90 per cent of Colyton Grammar School students have been successful in securing a university place this autumn, following another strong set of A level results.

Head teacher Paul Evans said: “Our students are ambitious and have applied to competitive courses in competitive institutions. Most are progressing to the Russell Group of research universities including nine going to Oxford and four to Cambridge.

“Despite OFQUAL warning schools of turbulence in the award of results at A level, we are pleased that most students have achieved what we expected. As usual, we will support the remainder through the clearing process and help them explore alternative routes. With the removal on the cap on university admissions, hopefully all can be accommodated in the next few days.

“This is the first cohort not to have taken January examinations and to have taken all of their A2 modules at the end of the courses. Overall, that’s probably a good thing as it frees up teaching time and reduces the frequency of examinations faced by young people.

“This morning, it’s not immediately clear what that impact of changes has been on a national scale but we have seen a small drop in the award of top grades. Some of this will be due to the fluctuation from year to year in cohorts but undoubtedly there have been some changes in the awarding of grades this year.

“Our students are going to study a wide range of degrees including dance, midwifery, Chinese, architecture, neuroscience, fine arts, illustration, psychology, geology and ancient history.

“Eleven students have secured a place to read medicine this year, with seven going on to study engineering and eight economics.

“Our highest achieving student this summer, Walter Goodwin, will be going to Oxford to read General Engineering and has been successful in receiving the inaugural Quest Scholarship to support his study.

“Like all Devon schools, we have achieved success despite receiving significantly lower levels of funding than schools elsewhere in the country. “The students are to be congratulated for their achievements and I am very grateful to a hard working staff who have supported them to do this.”

Among the many successes at Colyton Grammar School are the following who have achieved five or more A levels.

Walter Goodwin, Bridport; James Whales, West Hill; Alice Chilcott, Wilmington; Jake Hallam, Axminster; James Cunningham-Smith, Exmouth; George Prescott, Lyme Regis; Morgan Rayner-Philipson, Seaton; Sarah Bosworth, Exeter; Elisabeth Cooper Germscheid, Colyford; George Harding-Perrott, Tytherleigh; Sam Zhang, Sidmouth; Ed Bithell, Colyton; Luke van den Barselaar, Chard; Riordan Deehan Jackson, Exmouth.


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