UPDATE: Local A level results
PUBLISHED: 11:55 15 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:14 15 August 2013
Anxious day for sixth form students at Honiton, Axminster, Colyton and Lyme Regis.
Students across East Devon and West Dorset have been collecting their A level results today (Thursday).
Updates on how well they did will be posted on this website throughout the day.
Year 13 students at The Axe Valley Community College have achieved the best results in the Sixth Form’s history.
Some 98.5 per cent of grades were A*-E, up slightly from 2012.
More notable was the increase in top grades - 51 per cent were A*-B, up from 43.5 per cent in 2012. The average points score per entry was also up from 209 in 2012 to 214 today.
Performance was strong in traditional academic subjects as well as newer vocational courses. In A Level maths, for example, over half the students achieved A*-A. In BTEC science over two-thirds achieved distinction*- distinction.
Among the top performers were: Kelly Gould (biology A*, maths A and geo A), Chloe Williams (EPQ A*, art A*, geo A, history B), James Morbey (history A*, EPQ A, law B, biology B), Harry Bailey (maths A*, further maths A, physics B), Bethany Freer (BTEC sport distinction*, BTEC H&SC distinction*, BTEC science distinction*, BTEC child care distinction)
Headteacher Martin Smith said: “Congratulations to all our students on these superb results. We are extremely proud of their achievements and would like to wish them well for future.
“Our drive to push up academic standards has significantly increased the number of top grades in recent years. Today over half of the grades are A*-B, compared with a quarter of grades in 2010. As a result of this, a far greater number of our students are university-bound.
“Our success is down to knowing each student and ensuring they receive high quality support, a rigorous system of private study, and, most importantly, having high quality teachers who go the extra mile for students.”
WOODROFFE School at Lyme Regis reported more excellent results with 42 per cent gaining an A*, an A or a B.
Most students attained or exceeded their target grades. Results at AS Level were also excellent, with 40 per cent of students gaining As or Bs, and 62 per cent achieving C or above.
Headteacher Dr Richard Steward said: “As ever, this is a very impressive set of results and I am delighted that so many of our students have done so well. I am particularly pleased that the vast majority have secured places at the universities of their choice and I wish them every success in the future.
“A-Level students work incredibly hard nowadays and, though it is fashionable to assume that standards have declined, the amount of work sixth formers now have to do has made gaining qualifications at this level in many ways much harder that it used to be. Students now have to take modules throughout the year, as well as examinations at the end of the course, and they also have to complete some very demanding coursework assignments. “They also tend to take four AS levels and then go on to take three A Levels, with some tackling additional qualifications like the extended project, critical thinking or general studies. The hard work of A-Levels students should not, therefore, be underestimated, nor should we forget the added pressures caused by the demands of the university system and the increasing competition for places.
“I am sure that the students would also wish me to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of the teaching staff at Woodroffe who work tirelessly to help students achieve the best results they can.”
There were some outstanding individual A-Level performances: Scarlett Down achieved three A* grades in art, history of art and English, plus an A in geography and an A in AS biology.
Ben Sivier-Voller gained two A*s in maths and further maths plus an A in Physics.
Jack Rumens won A*s in environmental science and PE and an A in biology.
Kristian Beckers achieved an A* in maths, As in further maths and physics, an A in AS Chemistry and an A grade in the extended project qualification.
Adele Davies got an A* in art graphics, an A in history of art and an A in English literature.
Jacob Crofton received an A* in maths and As in chemistry and physics. Emily Voysey was awraded an A* in maths, an A in further maths and a B in chemistry.
Alice Gay achieved three As in business, geography and maths plus an A in the extended project qualification.
Results were even more impressive at AS level. Alice Jenkin achieved A grades in geography, maths, further maths and physics, plus an A* in the extended project qualification; Tom Gater gained As in chemistry, maths, further maths and physics; Alexandra McStea four As in biology, geography, maths and physics; Sophie Harbridge achieved three As in English literature, psychology, and history, with a B in biology and an A* in the extended project qualification; Polly Rodin achieved three As in biology, history and maths, plus a B in English literature and an A in the extended project qualification; Lisa Sargent As in maths, geography and PE, plus a B in physics; Fiona Sinclair gained As in history, maths and biology and a B in chemistry; Rebecca Riddle three As in biology, chemistry and maths, plus a B in photography; Ciaran Badman gained three As in maths, further maths, physics and a B in product design; and Oscar Bailey achieved three As in maths, further maths and physics.
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