East Devon students get their A Level results
PUBLISHED: 11:04 17 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:46 22 August 2017
Schools and colleges in Axminster, Colyton, Honiton and Lyme Regis are announcing their exam successes
Students across East Devon and West Dorset are today receiving their A level results
Here’s how local schools and colleges are getting on:
COLYTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Students at Colyton Grammar School are celebrating an outstanding set of A-Level results.
Delighted headteacher Tim Harris said the overwhelming majority were progressing to the most competitive university courses in this country and the USA, including eight who have been offered places at Oxford and Cambridge.
Some 62 per cent of grades awarded were either A* or A (81 per cent A*/A/B), enabling students to gain coveted places on some of the most prestigious courses at top universities.
Said Mr Harris: “This is the first cohort to have taken the new linear A-Levels and despite OFQUAL warning of turbulence in the award of results we are extremely pleased that our students have performed so highly.”
Six students obtained three A* grades, seven students were awarded 4 A* grades.
“We are delighted to see our students making the most of an exciting range of degree courses that A-Level success has made available to them, from computer science to classics, international business management to spacecraft engineering,” continued Mr Harris.
Five students are expected to study at Cambridge and three at Oxford, a least nine students will study medicine, two will study veterinary science.
One student has accepted a place to study at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia in USA. He is taking a place as a Stamps President’s Scholar. Another student has gained a place at the Royal Northern College of Music, a top conservatoire, and another has gained a place on the highly prestigious creative writing course at the University of East Anglia.
Notable Achievements are:
Harry Wright (Lympstone) who gained 6 A* grades and an A* in his Extended Project qualification.
The following achieved at least 5A* grades and an A* in their Extended Project qualifications:
George Piper (Honiton), Victoria Synek Herd (Seaton).
The following students achieved at least 4A* grades:
Richard Chatterjee (Sidmouth), Emily Dodds (Sidmouth), Matthew Domhof (Sidmouth), Alfie Howard (Exmouth), Will Kerr (Ottery St Mary), Rosie Lester (Budleigh Salterton), Yasmin Reid-Linfoot (Bradninch), Tom Orchard (Lyme Regis), Georgia Stidwell (Colyton), Tom Orchard - Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia in USA.
Added Mr Haris: “From next year, for the first time in over a decade, Colyton Grammar School sixth form will be open to new entrans and we look forward to receiving applications from aspirational youngsters.”
AXE VALLEY ACADEMY:
Year 13 students at Axe Valley Academy Sixth Form are celebrating an excellent set of A Level and vocational results today.
A record number of top grades were achieved, with 24.3 per cent of all results at A and A* grades and 41.9 per cent at A* - B grades. More students than ever achieved and exceeded their target grades and they should be rightly proud of their achievements.
Headteacher, Steve Green said: “These fantastic results at A level this year are testament to the commitment of both our students and the staff here at Axe Valley. It is a privilege to be able to celebrate their achievements with them this morning.
“Despite the many national changes to the way in which students are assessed at Key Stage 5, these results this year are a significant step up on last year’s results and more students than ever before have secured a place at their first choice university or higher education institution.”
Director of Sixth Form, Dave MacCormick said: “Our students have achieved amazing results this year and we are extremely proud of their achievements. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each outgoing Year 13 student for their hard work, enthusiasm and outstanding contributions to our Sixth Form and I wish them the best of luck for the next steps in their lives. They have been a fantastic group of students to work with.”
Notable individual achievements include:
Hannah Burnett: A* A* A who is going on to study chemistry with International Study at Manchester University.
William Foxcroft A* A* B who is going on to study aeronautics and astronautics engineering at Southampton University.
Lucy Gay A* A* A who is going on to study physiotherapy at Southampton University.
Charlie Hall A* A A who is going on to study philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Exeter.
Navishka Rathnayake Dist*Dist* Dist* C
Amie Lockett Dist*Dist* A B.
Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis – where more than half the students come from Devon – once again achieved an excellent set A Level of results, confirming its position as one of the most successful fully comprehensive sixth forms in the county.
Some 59 per cent of entries were graded A*, A or B, with 24 per cent at A*/A
There were some outstanding individual A-Level performances: Alaina Cockerell achieved four A*s in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics; Isabella Brown gained three A*s and a B; Ari Saltmarsh achieved three A*s. Frieda Hall-Hickman gained one A* and two As to secure her place at Oxford to study History. Lily Whitehead also achieve an A* and two As. George Chantler, Verity Fuller and Lindsey Johnson all gained three A grades.
Results at AS Level were also encouraging with 62 per cent of students achieving C or above.
Again, there were some excellent individual results: Cody Lau and Matthew McStea both achieved four A grades; Mia Cawthorne and Rumi Thompson gained three As and one B; Jack Price three As; Iona Adair, Dominic Beardwood and Luke Johnson two As and two Bs.
Dr Richard Steward, headteacher said:
“This has been a very turbulent year for exam results. There has been a great deal of media coverage of the issues including changes to examination syllabuses, new rules governing marking and assessment, and the decision by the boards to alter the way re-marks are dealt with. Despite all that, students at The Woodroffe School have achieved excellent results.
“As always, I am delighted to celebrate the success of our sixth formers. I am always impressed by the resilience of students who year on year manage to navigate the complexities of A-Level study to attain outstanding results. It is great to see so many individuals achieving A* and A grades and 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.
“Despite lots of warnings in the press regarding changes to A-levels and more demanding exam papers, Woodroffe has managed to improve upon last year’s results with the average point score for a student’s best three A-Levels expressed as a grade now an impressive B-.
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.”
MORE RESULTS TO FOLLOW