Students collect their GCSE results

These Axe Valley Community College students, all 16 and from Axminster, each achieved eight GCSE passes. They are (l to r) Ellia Price, Emma Sharp and Heidi Miller. Photo by Chris Carson These Axe Valley Community College students, all 16 and from Axminster, each achieved eight GCSE passes. They are (l to r) Ellia Price, Emma Sharp and Heidi Miller. Photo by Chris Carson

Thursday, August 21, 2014
11:11 AM

It’s a big day for youngsters across the Axe Valley and in West Dorset

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A group of  Axe Valley Community College students with headteacher Martin Smith. Photo by Chris CarsonA group of Axe Valley Community College students with headteacher Martin Smith. Photo by Chris Carson

Students at Axe Valley Community College, Woodroffe Comprehensive, in Lyme Regis, and Colyton Grammar School have been collecting their GCSE results today (Thursday, August 21).

Here’s how they did:

AXE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Colyton Grammar School students celebrate their GCSE resultsColyton Grammar School students celebrate their GCSE results

Year 11 students at The Axe Valley Community College have achieved strong results, despite changes to the exam system that make it tougher than previous years.

English Language GCSE results rose by 14 per cent and the percent of students achieving 2 A*-C grades in Science rose sharply to 79 per cent. Overall the percent of students achieving 5 A*-C including English and Maths was 56 per cent, which is an improvement on 2012 and 2013. It is noteworthy that subjects consistently over-performed in the percent of A*-As they achieved, compared to targets.

Among the highest performing students were:

Sian Summers (7 A*s, 3 As, 1 B)

Oliver Bilbie (3 A*s, 5 As, 2 Bs)

Grace Carpenter (3 A*s, 3 As, 2 Bs)

Jade Bridge (2 A*s, 7 As, 1 B)

Josh Bolton (2 A*s, 6 As, 1 B, 1 C)

Chloe Burrough (2 A*s, 3 As, 2 Bs, C 1)

Grace Lynn (1 A*, 6 As, 1 B)

Headteacher Martin Smith told The Herald: “I am delighted that we have improved on the standards we set last year - these are the best results in three years which is a considerable achievement giving the changes that have been made to the exam system. I am particularly pleased with the improvements in English and science. Congratulations to all our students on their successes. I would also like to thank our amazing staff who have provided such high quality teaching and support.”

COLYTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL:

Students at Colyton Grammar School have collected another strong set of results this year.

With 100 per cent of students achieving five or more GCSEs Grade A*-C (including English and Maths), 76 per cent of all grades obtained this summer where top A* or A grades.

The following students achieved A* grades in 12 subjects at GCSE:

Emily Dodds (Sidmouth), Rosie Lester (Budleigh Salterton), Ellie Marok (Payhembury), Tom Orchard (Lyme Regis), George Piper (Cotleigh), Kate Ralph (Talaton) and Victoria Synek Herd (Seaton).

With A* grades in eleven subjects at GCSE were:

Holly Loader (Bridport), Richard Chatterjee (Sidmouth), Jonty Eaton-Hart (Payhembury), Will Kerr (Ottery St Mary), Yazmin Reid-Linfoot (Exeter), Megan Smith (Woodbury Salterton), Harry Wright (Lympstone), and Lotti Budd-Thiemann (Woodbury).

Paul Evans, deadteacher, said: “This is a strong cohort who have worked hard to achieve a good set of GCSEs this summer. As predicted, there have appeared to have been changes to the award of the qualifications nationally but it is too soon to have a clear overview of the implications of this.”

“The assessment structure of these students’ GCSE English Language, for example, changed mid-course but despite this, 52 per cent went on to achieve an A* in the subject, which was higher than last year.

“Students are well placed to move on to study ‘A’ levels in the new term and we are looking forward to working with them. They should be congratulated on their achievements.”

THE WOODROFFE SCHOOL

Students at The Woodroffe School have once again achieved impressive GCSE results - even if the overall league table figures paint a less impressive picture. The school says it has undoubtedly fallen foul of the much publicised turbulence in the examination system which Ofqual issued warnings about in the run up to results day.

Consequently, the overall 5A*-C including English and maths benchmark figure fell this year to 63 per cent when it is usually 70 per cent plus. However, high achieving students did particularly well this year with 24 per cent of GCSE entries at A* /A.

There were some outstanding individual performances with a host of students gaining impressive sets of A* and A grades: Seebra Young achieved 12 A*s and an A grade; Holly Harwood and Demelza Prescott both gained 10 A*s and 3 A grades; Hanna Bramley 10 A*s and 2 As; Eleanor Ohlsen 9 A*s and 3 As; Katie Gliddon 9 A*s and 2 As; Rosa Sawer 8 A*s and 4 As; Jessica Jordan 5A*s and 7 As; Annie Arnold 3A*s and 9 As; Tabitha Whittome 3A*s and 8 As; Cicely Hawkes-Wellstead 2 A*s and 9 As.

Dr Richard Steward, headteacher said: “As ever, students have worked incredibly hard and one can only admire the commitment and determination of those young people who manage to achieve high grades across such a broad range of disciplines. It is a shame that chaos in the system means that some students did not do as well as they were expected to do but performance at Woodroffe is still well above the national average and impressive for a fully comprehensive school.

“I am delighted to say that the vast majority of students will be joining the sixth form where I am sure they will continue to do well. A-Level results, where less government interference was evident, were outstanding this year and serve to underline the overall excellence of the school.”

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