GCSE: Axe Community College excels in maths

PUBLISHED: 11:33 22 August 2013 | UPDATED: 11:33 22 August 2013

Sixteen–year-old Axe Valley Community College students with their GCSE results (left to right) Willow Hawkins, of Axminster, Jonny House and Caitlin Bee, both of Seaton. Photo by Chris Carson.

Sixteen–year-old Axe Valley Community College students with their GCSE results (left to right) Willow Hawkins, of Axminster, Jonny House and Caitlin Bee, both of Seaton. Photo by Chris Carson.


Students at Axminster, Honiton, Colyton and Lyme Regis learn how they did in their exams.

At The Axe Valley Community College 67 per cent of students achieved at least 5 A*-Cs in their GCSEs, with half the year achieving 5 A*-Cs including English and maths.

Results in maths where once again exceptionally high with 75 per cent achieving A*-C, well above national average.

Other subjects with exceptionally high attainment were GCSE PE (100 per cent), English literature (100 per cent), chemistry (90 per cent), physics (83 per cent), history and art (both 79 per cent).

Among the top performers were: Bethany Dean (5A*s, 5As), Bronte Fry (4A*s,5As,1B), Tabitha Pagano (3A*s, 6As) and Victoria Tredrea (5A*s, 3As, 2Bs).

Headteacher Martin Smith said: “Congratulations to our Year 11 students who have achieved some superb exam results.

“Due to changes by the exam boards, it is much harder to achieve well in subjects like English language compared with two years ago, so we are delighted that so many students have achieved good results. Good luck to students for the next phase of their education.

“I am pleased that our results in traditional academic subject areas are strong again and our newer vocational subjects have performed equally well. Credit and thanks to our staff for their dedication and professionalism.”

At Lyme’s Woodroffe School 83 per cent of students achieved five A*-C grades, well above the national average, and above 80 per cent for the sixth year in a row.

The GCSE benchmark figure of five GCSEs - including English and Maths - was equally impressive at 69 per cent. High achieving students did particularly well this year with 20 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.

Tess Bawden and Ele Saltmarsh each achieved seven A* grades and four As; Phoebe Confrey seven A*s and three As; Eddie Beardwood six A*s and four As; Jake Causley four A*s and six As; Reuben Heeler-Frood four A*s and eight A grades; Emma Lewis four A*s and seven As; Frances Penrose four A*s and six As; Abi Speake three A*s and eight As; Harry Robson five A*s and two As; Shannon Allen four A*s and four As; and Lucy Pearson three A*s and five A grades.

Headteacher Dr Richard Steward said: “‘This is an excellent set of results. I am delighted to see that the school has sustained its high levels of attainment and it is a pleasure to see so many superb individual performances.

“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.

“This has been another year of significant turbulence in the examination system, with Ofqual having warned schools that GCSE English, maths and all science results were likely to “look different” with grades possibly dropping because of changes to the exams and the patterns of entry. In the light of this uncertainty in the examination system, and the undoubted ‘raising of the bar’ for students, Woodroffe’s results look even more impressive.”

Dr Steward said there were some concerns, however, with continuing anomalies in the English language results with 87 per cent of Woodroffe students gaining a C or above in English literature and yet the same students, taught by the same teachers, achieved 73 per cent C or above in English language. “Questions clearly need to be asked of the examination board,” said the headmaster.

“Maths, on the other hand, was particularly pleasing with 87 per cent of students achieving at least a C grade and 31 per cent an A or an A*.

“With regard to the recent press coverage of declining numbers nationally taking languages, it is particularly pleasing to note that 66 per cent of Woodroffe students achieved at least a C grade in a foreign language this year, with 47 per cent gaining the full eBac benchmark.

“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.”

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