GCSE students in Honiton celebrate a great set of results
PUBLISHED: 12:25 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:11 27 August 2018
Students at Honiton Community College have been lauded for a great set of GCSE results.
Sixty-four per cent of the cohort achieved the equivalent of 5+A*-C including English and Maths, with over a fifth of all entries being A*/A (new level 7, 8 or 9 grades).
More than half of all entries were also awarded at the new 9-5 grades.
Andy Holt, vice principal said: “This is a superb achievement for a non-selective, comprehensive school. Indeed, we pride ourselves on our inclusive approach, working together, as a community, to provide a first-class education that helps develop rounded students that are ready to take on the challenges of adulthood.
We are extremely proud of the whole year group and aim to ensure every student makes expected, or better than expected, progress.”
The school’s top-performing students were Emily Lee (seven 9s, two 7s and an A in AS Photography), Luke Gouldson (five 9s, three 8s and a 7), Tim Bennett (three 9s, four 8s, a 7 and a 6), Nathan Paveley (three 9s, two 8s, four 7s and a 6), Naomi Lakin (five 8s, two 7s, a distinction and an A in AS Art) and Louise Wyatt: (two 9s, three 8s, two 7s and two 6s).
Emily, who lives in Honiton, said: “I thought I would do fairly well, but I was a bit nervous in case it didn’t happen.
“I didn’t do that much revision - and then I realised I needed to do a lot more! I did a lot of last-minute studying.”
Emily is now going on to sixth-form where she will study biology, chemistry, photography and maths at AS level.
She hopes to go on to Falmouth University to study marine biology, adding: “They run a course that is marine biology photography and it would be quite cool to do that.”
Louise, who also lives in Honiton, said she was hoping for a good set of results and was ‘really happy’ when she saw her hard work had paid off.
She added: “I will no be studying biology, chemistry and law.
Louise said she was nervous about her science mark, which would determine whether she would get onto her course.
She added: “I also wanted to do well in English.
“I knew that I did quite a lot of revision, so I was fairly confident.”
Mr Holt said: “On behalf of staff and governors I wish all of our students every success in the future, many of whom will be returning in September to take up their post-16 studies - no doubt aiming to replicate the success of this year’s Year 13!
“Finally, I would like to thank the staff and governors for all their hard work and support.
“In a year when tests are tougher than ever, it’s their commitment and professionalism that has enabled my team and I to ensure the school is performing so well, at all key stages, and is truly a great place to work, study and learn.”