Students excel in A level exams

PUBLISHED: 11:47 18 August 2016 | UPDATED: 08:57 23 August 2016

Seaton twins Rory and Marianna Dyer who both achieved four A* A levels at Colyton Grammar School. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Seaton twins Rory and Marianna Dyer who both achieved four A* A levels at Colyton Grammar School. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

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Another great set of results from schools and colleges in East Devon and West Dorset

Axe Valley Community College students with their A level results (l to r) Jess Evans, from Seaton, Milly Chaplyn, Seaton and Jade Bridge, Colyton. Picture: CHRIS CARSONAxe Valley Community College students with their A level results (l to r) Jess Evans, from Seaton, Milly Chaplyn, Seaton and Jade Bridge, Colyton. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Students across East Devon and West Dorset are celebrating some outstanding A level results today (Thursday, August 18).

COLYTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL:

Students at Colyton Grammar School are celebrating an even more impressive set of A-level results than last year.

Axe Valley Community College students with their A level results (l to r) Brad Burraston, Seaton, Sam Harris, Axminster and Matthew Mortimer, Tatworth. Picture: CHRIS CARSONAxe Valley Community College students with their A level results (l to r) Brad Burraston, Seaton, Sam Harris, Axminster and Matthew Mortimer, Tatworth. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Almost 70per cent of grades awarded were either A* or A (90per cent A*/A/B), enabling students to gain coveted places on some of the most prestigious courses at top universities.

This represents an increase on last year, and reflects all the hard work put in by a talented group of students. The average UCAS points score per entry, and per student also increased.

35 of the 109 students achieved four or more A*/A grades and headteacher Jayne Wainwright, highlighted the wide range of subjects and courses that students are moving on to.

Fourteen students are expected to study at Cambridge (eight) or Oxford (six), a least nine students will study medicine, two will study veterinary science, and one has gained a place at the Royal College of Music. Nine will study politics/economics, eight engineering and, bucking the national trend, seven will read modern foreign lkanguages.

Happy A level students at Colyton Grammar School jump for joy. Picture SUBMITTEDHappy A level students at Colyton Grammar School jump for joy. Picture SUBMITTED

Notable Achievements are:

Theo Brown (Ottery St Mary) 5A* grades and an A* in extended project qualification

The following achieved at least 4A* grades: Marianna Dyer (Seaton), Finin Quincey (Kilmington), Ed Sullivan (Ilminster),

Sam White (Whitford).

Some happy Honiton Community College students with their A level resultsSome happy Honiton Community College students with their A level results

The following students achieved at least 3A* grades: Chrissie Browne (Exeter), Elle Clemens (Exeter), Harry Collett (Uplyme)

Rory Dyer (Seaton), Naomi Hunt (Willand), Zoe Kuyken (Exeter), Ben Leahy (Kilmington), Jess Plumbley-Jones (Honiton),

Kye Silver (Honiton), Charlie Spicer (Whimple), Matt Von Lany (Broadclyst).

AT HONITON COMMUNITY COLLEGE the sixth form goes from strength to strength with an incredible 97per cent of students gaining a pass at A-Level, BTEC or OCR National Technicals.

Principal Glenn Smith said: “This is an outstanding achievement for a non-selective sixth form and clearly shows our sixth form provision is very good indeed.”

In year 13 there were some super performances from some excellent students.

Of those going on to University: Ameerah Askew (off to Surrey to read nursing), Lauren Hunt (Loughborough to read sport and exercise science), Jamie Johnson (Falmouth to read photography), Jack Lane (Swansea to read mechanical engineering), Yazmine Hoyle (UWE to read mental health nursing) and Amy Marchant (reading graphic design).

Top performers going on to study an apprenticeships were Callum Nicholas (accountancy) and James McLachlan (IT and Web design).

Mr Smith continued: “It is both reassuring and rewarding to know that all of our students are now destined to continue their education either at well-respected universities or on advanced apprenticeships.”

He said he believed the success of the students was down to their hard work and determination, as well as the excellent leadership and management of Selena Burroughs - head of sixth form - first-rate teaching and outstanding pastoral support.

He added: “We have created a real family atmosphere in the sixth form centre where staff know every student well and can therefore support and encouraged them to do reach their potential, 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.

“Sixth form students partake in a smorgasbord of activities including expeditions to Tuscany (as part of their DoE), Volunteer work in Ecuador, producing music CDs for members of the Memory Café, a wide range of sporting pursuits and also finding the time to mentor younger students within the college, acting as superb role models.

“I am very proud of each and every one of our sixth formers. Our results reflect our 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.”

He wished Year 13 all the best for the future and looked forward to welcoming Year 11 students into the sixth form on September 2, pointing out that they will be supported and challenged to achieve just as well as the cohort of 2015 – or maybe even better!

AT WOODROFFE SCHOOL, IN LYME REGIS:

Students at The Woodroffe School have once again achieved an excellent set of A Level of results, confirming the school’s position as one of the most successful fully comprehensive sixth forms in the county.

Some 53 per cent of entries were graded A*, A or B, with 21per cent at A*/A.

There were some outstanding individual A-Level performances: Hanna Bramley, Eleanor Ohlsen and Rory Townsend achieved an A* and two A grades; Ewan Pedder A*AB; Dylan Young A*A; Jessica Jordan did exceptionally well with four A grades; Demelza Prescott achieved three A grades while Annabel Arnold, James Middleton, and Olivia Musto all gained two A grades and a B.

Results at AS Level were equally impressive, with 39per cent of students gaining As or Bs, and 61% achieving C or above. Again, there were some excellent individual results: Alaina Cockerell achieved a superb collection of 5 A grades; Frieda Hall-Hickman gained 4 A grades and a B; George Chantler and Verity Fuller both gained four A grades; Isabella Brown gained three A grades and two Bs; and the following students all achieved three As and a B:, Harry Felgate (who also got an A* in his extended project qualification), Aaron Larcombe, Carrie Lewis and Iain Ross.

Dr Richard Steward, headteacher, said: “‘I am always impressed by the resilience of our students who year on year manage to navigate the complexities of A-Level study in order to attain outstanding 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.

Once again students will be leaving Woodroffe to take up places at many of the best universities in the country and I am pleased to say that the majority of students met their target grades and secured 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.”

AT AXE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Students at The Axe Valley Community College are celebrating a year of excellent results at both A2 and AS.

This year the pass rate was an impressive 97 per cent, with 82 per cent of students securing at least one qualification at grade C or above and 79 per cent achieving three A level or equivalent pass grades.

Many individual students performed exceptionally well. Tom Lowe (Stockland) received A*AB and will be going on to read mathematics at Exeter University, Mattea Austin (Kilmington) achieved Double Distinction* Distinction*Merit and will be taking a place at Worcester University to study food and nutrition, Jade Bridge (Colyton) secured AAB and will go on to study German and Italian at Bath University and Brad Burraston (Seaton) and Ellie Price (Axminster) both achieved ABB and will be studying maths and economics at Exeter University and mental Health Nursing at The University of Surrey respectively. There are some exceptional achievements throughout the year group and we truly wish all our students success with their next steps and future plans.

At AS, three students are celebrating the remarkable achievement of gaining three A grades. They are Bradley Moore (Axminster), Hannah Burnett (Stockland), William Foxcroft (Colyford).

Headteacher, Steve Green, said: “This is an excellent set of results for our young people and they should be incredibly proud of the effort and commitment they have shown. They have been rightly rewarded for their hard work. Their results are truly impressive and we are very proud to be able to celebrate these achievements with them.”

Executive headteacher, Martin Brook, added: “With the ongoing partnership between Axe Valley and Holyrood (Chard) and the exciting curriculum developments that lie ahead of us, I am convinced that these results are the perfect base for continued improvements to the sixth forms at both schools in the future.”


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