Students celebrate some outstanding GCSE results

PUBLISHED: 10:32 20 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:01 20 August 2015

Axe Valley Community College students with their GCSE results (l tor) Navishka Rathnayake, Seaton, Lucy Gay, Musbury, Emily Manning, Honiton, Will Foxcroft, Colyford, Katherine Barker, Seaton, all aged 16. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Axe Valley Community College students with their GCSE results (l tor) Navishka Rathnayake, Seaton, Lucy Gay, Musbury, Emily Manning, Honiton, Will Foxcroft, Colyford, Katherine Barker, Seaton, all aged 16. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

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Woodroffe comprehensive records its best ever exam performance

Axe Valley Community College students with their GCSE results (l tor) Steven Apsey, Charlie Hall, Bradley Moore, Chris Knuckey, Jamie Tair, all aged 16 and from Axminster. Picture: CHRIS CARSONAxe Valley Community College students with their GCSE results (l tor) Steven Apsey, Charlie Hall, Bradley Moore, Chris Knuckey, Jamie Tair, all aged 16 and from Axminster. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Students across East Devon and West Dorset have been collecting their GCSE results today (Thursday, August 20) with many schools reporting some outstanding individual performances.

WOODROFFE COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL

Woodroffe School at Lyme Regis, half of whose pupils come from Devon, produced its best ever GCSE results.

Axe Valley Community College students with their GCSE results (l tor) Hannah Burnett, from Stockland, and Jodie Kilby, Colyton, both aged 16. Picture: CHRIS CARSONAxe Valley Community College students with their GCSE results (l tor) Hannah Burnett, from Stockland, and Jodie Kilby, Colyton, both aged 16. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Some 75 per cent of students gained at least 5A*-Cs, including English and maths.

Officials said that for a fully comprehensive school this represents an outstanding performance and one which confirms Woodroffe’s ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted status.

The basic 5A*-C figure was also impressive at 78 per cent, as was the figure for the number of students achieving the eBacc – 52 per cent. Results in English and Maths were outstanding with 85 per cent achieving at least a C in English and a remarkable 89 per cent at least a C in maths.

Coupled with last week’s excellent A-Level results, this has been a superb year for the school and its students.

(l-r) Pupils Sophie Land, Ben Prangley, Carys Lilley and James Loader, all 16, collect their results at HCC.(l-r) Pupils Sophie Land, Ben Prangley, Carys Lilley and James Loader, all 16, collect their results at HCC.

There were some outstanding individual performances with a host of students gaining impressive sets of A* and A grades: George Chantler achieved 12 A*s; Frieda Hall Hickman 8 A*s and 4 As; Alaina Cockerell 7 A*s, 3 As and 1B; Emily Jones 6 A*s and 6 As; Hope Horsfield 6 A*s, 4 As and 2Bs; Lily Whitehead 6 A*s, 3 As and 1B; Isabella Brown 5 A*s and 6 As; Verity Fuller 5 A*s 6 As; Tara Byrne 5 A*s and 5 As; Iain Ross 5 A*s and 5 As.

Headteacher Dr Richard Steward said: “This is a fantastic set of results and I am absolutely delighted to see so many of our students doing so well. 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 also vitally important to recognise the dedication of the Woodroffe staff who work tirelessly to ensure that all students do their best every year.

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 were also impressive this year and serve to underline the overall excellence of the school.”

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Charlotte Rose, 16, with HCC principal Glenn Smith.Charlotte Rose, 16, with HCC principal Glenn Smith.

COLYTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL

Students at Colyton Grammar School are celebrating excellent GCSE results again this summer.

Some 74 per cent of grades awarded were top A* or A grades. Seventeen students achieved at least 10 A* Grades with the following eleven students achieving a clean sweep of eleven A* grades each:

Honiton Community College pupils celebrate their GCSE results.Honiton Community College pupils celebrate their GCSE results.

Alex Agnew (Chard)

Hannah Barton (West Hill)

Catriona Black (Woodbury)

Danielle Browne (Newton St Cyres, Exeter)

Taylor Finch (Exeter)

Jake Lewis (Crediton)

Safi Lewis (Seaton)

Felicity Marx (Southleigh)

Emilie Tindal (Ottery St Mary)

Max Whittome (Uplyme)

Alex Wood (Exeter)

Headteacher, Paul Evans, said that it was excellent to see students succeed and he thanked staff and parents for the support that they had given candidates to fulfil their potential.

Mr Evans moves on from his post at Colyton this week and wishes pupils further success as they progress on to the challenges of the sixth form.

HONITON COMMUNITY COLLEGE:

There was plenty to celebrate for GCSE students at Honiton Community College (HCC).

Principal Glenn Smith said: “After recording another extremely pleasing set of A-level results this summer our 2015 GCSE cohort also have plenty to celebrate. Our overall A* to C pass rate was 61 per cent, with the five or more A* to C grades [English and Mathematics included] rising by five per cent. Sixty-four per cent of students gained an A* to C in English and in Mathematics, the figure rose to 72 per cent!”

The college’s highest performers include:

Nick Long 4A*s, 4As and 2 Bs

Hollie Johnson 4A*s, 2.5As (or equivalent) and 3Bs

Cameron Boland 4A*s, 2As and 4Bs

Carys Lilley 1A*, 7As and 2Bs

Megan Dixon 2A*s, 4.5As and 3Bs

Mr Smith added: “In light of the incessant increase in difficulty of examination subjects we can be very proud of our students.

“All those that have taken advantage of the excellent teaching and additional support programmes we have provided have performed well and I wish them every success in the future, whether they join our sixth form this autumn, as many of them do, take up a place on an apprenticeship or travel to embark on a further education college course.”

Charlotte Rose, 16, gained five As (maths, business, geography, chemistry and physics), three Bs (biology, English literature and English Language) and C grade. She will be going to Exeter College to study psychology, dance, media studies and politics.

Charlotte said: “I am not sure what I want to do in the future but I am keeping my options open. I keep changing my mind but when I get to college, I will get a greater idea of what I want to do.”

Ben Prangley also recorded some good results, gaining an A in IT and B in maths and additional science.

The 16-year-old, who wants to be a paramedic, has opted to study at HCC’s Sixth Form, adding: “I am pleased with my results. I will be studying biology, psychology, ICT and maths.”

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