Students celebrate some outstanding A-levels

PUBLISHED: 11:11 13 August 2015 | UPDATED: 12:58 14 August 2015

Axe Valley Community College students with their A-level results (l to r) Aimee Taylor, 18, from Colyton, Annabel Jackson, 17, from Beer,  and Susan Coalter, 18, from Colyton. Picture CHRIS CARSON

Axe Valley Community College students with their A-level results (l to r) Aimee Taylor, 18, from Colyton, Annabel Jackson, 17, from Beer, and Susan Coalter, 18, from Colyton. Picture CHRIS CARSON


Exam results day for students across East Devon and West Dorset.

Axe Valley Community College students with their A-level results (l to r) Jonny House, 18, from Seaton, Alex Mortimer, 19, from Tatworth and Geroge Dowse, 18, from Seaton. Picture: CHRIS CARSONAxe Valley Community College students with their A-level results (l to r) Jonny House, 18, from Seaton, Alex Mortimer, 19, from Tatworth and Geroge Dowse, 18, from Seaton. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

A level students across East Devon and West Dorset are celebrating some outstanding A level results today (Thursday, August 13).


At Colyton Grammar School the average UCAS points for university admissions per student hit a record high of 650.91.

Honiton Community College pupils with their A-level results.Honiton Community College pupils with their A-level results.

Twenty three of the 110 students in the year group achieved five or more A*/A grades this summer with 61.6% of all grades awarded being the top A* or A, an increase of 42% on last year.

Headteacher, Paul Evans praised students for their hard work and achievements, wishing students continued success as they head off to university this autumn. He thanked staff and parents for supporting a superb group of young people to achieve their potential.

Michael Zhang (Sidmouth) achieved a stunning 6 A* grades and intends to study Physics at Imperial College London.

The following students achieved at least 5A* grades:

(L-R) Honiton Community College students Danni Curley, Erin Rhode and Nicole Stevens with their A-level results.(L-R) Honiton Community College students Danni Curley, Erin Rhode and Nicole Stevens with their A-level results.

Toby Squire (Axminster) – Oxford, Physics and Philosophy

Louie Terrill (Exeter) – Imperial College, Physics

Alicia Huang (Crewkerne) – Cambridge, Medicine

Manal Patel (Axminster) - Cambridge, Medicine

Alice Bell (West Hill) – Cambridge, Architecture

The following students achieved at least 4A* grades:

James Nicholson (Woodbury) – Leeds, Medicine

Nicola Ockenden (Shute) – Nottingham, Medicine

Tia Salter (Chard) – Imperial College, Biochemistry

Students are going on to study a wide range of subjects including English with Film Studies, Politics & International Relations, Fashion Marketing and History of Art. At least thirteen students have secured places to read Medicine, one Veterinary Science and one Dentistry.

At least eleven students are expected to study at Oxford (7) or Cambridge (4). Other top universities, include Bristol, Imperial College and UCL.


Students at The Woodroffe School have once again achieved an excellent set of results at A Level this year. 51% of entries were graded A*, A or B, with 23% at A*/A.

There were some outstanding individual A-Level performances, with two students, Ele Saltmarsh (A*A*A* A) and Frances Penrose (A* A* A*) securing places to study at Oxbridge. Fran is going to Cambridge to study Engineering; Ele to Oxford to study Biological Sciences.

Jamie Jeffery achieved two A* grades in Art and English Literature plus As in History of Art and History; Harry Robson achieved three As in French, History and Politics; Shannon Allen gained an A* in Psychology, an A in History and a B in English Literature; Eddie Beardwood gained an A* in English Literature, an A in History and a B in Maths; Sam Farrow gained an A* in Maths, an A in Further Maths and a B in Physics; Anne Morgan gained an A* in Art and Design, an A in Textiles and a B in English Language; Mary Penman gained an A* in English Literature, an A in Politics and a B in History.

Results at AS Level were also impressive, with 40% of students gaining As or Bs, and 64% achieving C or above. Again, there were some excellent individual results: Rosa Sawer achieved four A grades and a B; Annie Arnold, Hanna Bramley, Ewan Pedder and Rory Townsend all achieved four A grades; Eleanor Ohlsen gained three As and a B, and Maisie Dascombe three A grades. Hanna Bramley and Ewan Pedder also achieved A* grades in the Extended Project Qualification.

Dr. Richard Steward, Headteacher of The Woodroffe School said, ‘Students have done superbly this year, helping the school to achieve another set of excellent results. I am delighted to see so many individuals achieving A* and A grades. 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. Ele Saltmarsh and Frances Penrose 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 a good set of A Level and BTEC results, with many earning many places at top universities. The average points score for A Level students was 627 and the average grade per entry was 184. Performance was especially strong in traditional academic subjects like English, History and Maths.

Annabel Jackson was the stand-out student, achieving 3 A*s at A level in English Literature, History and Sociology and will be reading History at Exeter University. Annabel has been a superb student at The Axe Valley Community College; she was head girl in 2013 and achieved the highest AS results last year with 4 As. Other notable achievements was Jonny House who achieved A* in A Level Economics, B in History and C in Law and will be reading Economics and Politics at Leeds University. Jonny has been another outstanding student; he was head boy in 2013 and has been a superb ambassador for the sixth form. Other students taking vocational pathways have also achieved strong results. For example, Courtney Finley-Shaw achieved two BTEC Distinction*s and a B in A Level and is studying for a BSc in Paramedic Practice at Surrey University.

Headteacher Martin Smith said: “Congratulations to all our students on the many superb individual results. We are delighted with their achievements and especially those who have secured university places, which reflect the tremendous hard work they have invested in studying over the last two years. Good luck to all our leavers for the future. Lastly, I would like to thank the highly dedicated teachers and staff for their hard work in enabling students to achieve these results.”


It was another successful year for the college, which achieved its highest ever A*-E pass rate - 98%.

Glenn Smith, college principal, said: “2015, yet again, has been another record breaking year for Honiton Community College’s sixth form.

“Last year our pass rate reached 97% and this summer we have nudged that figure even higher, reaching 98%!”

“The Average Points Score (APS) has risen to 205, up 21 points on last year. This is an outstanding achievement for a non-selective sixth form and clearly shows our sixth form provision is very good indeed.”

For Year 13, the college has had some great performances that have contributed to the best ever set of results in its history – for the third year in succession. Top students include Nicole Stevens, Laurisa Selway, Erin Rhode, Brittainy Lakin, Amabel Jeffries, Zoe Jarret, Emily Foxwell, Jordan Clements and Matthew Cann.

Erin, 18, achieved an A in graphics, B in photography and a B sociology. She said it felt ‘great’ to be of the college’s top students.

When asked what she was intending to do next, she said: “I’m going to Exeter College to study Art and Design - Diploma in Foundation studies, and hope to go to uni the following year.”

Nicole, 18, received an A in graphic communication, A in photography and B in textile design. She said: “I am really pleased with my results that I achieved - it certainly shows that all the hard work has paid off.

“I am going to take a gap year where I will be gaining work experience with Clockwork Marketing as well working full-time at Deer Park Hotel.

“I am also going to look at applying for university to study graphic design the following year.”

Mr Smith added: “It is pleasing to know that all of our students are now destined to continue their education either at well-respected universities or on advanced apprenticeships. I feel that the success of the students is due to the excellent leadership and management, first-rate teaching and outstanding pastoral support. We have a real community atmosphere in the sixth form centre, where staff know every student well and can therefore support and encouraged them to do well, not only in their studies but also in their extra-curricular activities, so that the students who leave us are genuinely well-rounded adults that are ready for the next exciting chapter of their lives.

“I am very proud of each and every one of our sixth formers. Our results reflect or vision which is to nurture and develop our students’ belief in themselves and their potential to succeed, empowering them to develop their own solutions and shape their own futures. This concept prepares them well for life’s many challenges and opportunities.”

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