East Devon students collect their GCSE results

PUBLISHED: 10:59 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:12 27 August 2018

Axe Valley high achievers (l to r) Emily Slade, Seaton, Alexandra Wilson-Newman, Tatworth, Katie Burnett, Axminster, Callum Searle, Axminster, Byron Pickering, Axminster. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Axe Valley high achievers (l to r) Emily Slade, Seaton, Alexandra Wilson-Newman, Tatworth, Katie Burnett, Axminster, Callum Searle, Axminster, Byron Pickering, Axminster. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

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Excellent results reported at Holyrood, Woodroffe, Axe Valley and Colyton

Axe Valley Academy students with their GCSE results (l to r) Kate Scott, Chard, Carys Buxall, Axminster and Alisha Meaker, Chard, all aged 16. Picture: CHRIS CARSONAxe Valley Academy students with their GCSE results (l to r) Kate Scott, Chard, Carys Buxall, Axminster and Alisha Meaker, Chard, all aged 16. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Students across East Devon and West Dorset are today (Thursday, August 23) celebrating some outstanding GCSE results.

At the Axe Valley Academy an amazing 33 grade 9s were achieved which is four per cent of all grades. A further 30 per cent of the students achieved 1 or more grades 7 to 9.

Head Martin Brook said: “We are particularly pleased to see an improvement with regard to student progress with results on average half a grade better in every subject for every student than this time last year.

Woodroffe School students with their GCSE results Anna Le Bas, Lyme Regis, Daisy Friedman, Bridport, and Autumn Rees, Sidmouth. Picture: CHRIS CARSONWoodroffe School students with their GCSE results Anna Le Bas, Lyme Regis, Daisy Friedman, Bridport, and Autumn Rees, Sidmouth. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

“This rapid improvement will undoubtedly place Axe Valley Academy as one of the most improved schools across the whole of Devon. Over 70 per cent of students achieved a grade 4 or above in English and 75 per cent achieved this in maths.

“We are proud of all of our students however we would like to take this opportunity to share some phenomenal individual results with the wider community.

“Katie Burnett achieved a staggering nine grade 9s. Emily Slade achieved eight grade 9s and one grade 8. This places their performance in the top one per cent of all students nationally and undoubtedly should be celebrated.

“Other standout performances included Enjiely Durias with five grade 9s, Callum Searle and Lauren Wiltshire both achieving three grade 9s and Emily Dare and Alexandra Wilson-Newman achieving two grade 9s.”

Axe Valley Academy student Katie Burnett, 16, from Axminster, acheived nine grade 9s - one pf the best results in the country. Picture CHRIS CARSONAxe Valley Academy student Katie Burnett, 16, from Axminster, acheived nine grade 9s - one pf the best results in the country. Picture CHRIS CARSON

Deputy headteacher Laura Jenkins added: “We are delighted with the GCSE results which our students have achieved. The rapid acceleration in progress which is shown in these results proves that Axe Valley Academy is moving forward in the right direction.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff for their relentless hard work and dedication to the students, the students for their hard work and all of our parents for their ongoing support. These results provide us with the solid foundation to build Axe Valley Academy into the outstanding school we know that it can be.”

The Woodroffe School at Lyme Regis has achieved another remarkable set of GCSE results, with 78 per cent of students gaining more than five standard passes including English and Maths.

Colyton Grammar School students with their GCSE results. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDColyton Grammar School students with their GCSE results. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

In English, 87 per cent of students achieved a standard pass (4+), with 75 per cent achieving a strong pass (5+). In Maths, 85 per cent of students achieved a standard pass (4+), with 66 per cent achieving a strong pass (5+). The combined ‘basics’ figures were very impressive, with 81 per cent of students achieving a standard pass in both English and Maths, and 60 per cent achieving a strong pass.

Woodroffe is unusual in that the majority of students continue to take a Modern Foreign Language at GCSE. This means that its eBacc scores are always high, and this year it was no different with 46 per cent of them achieving the eBacc. Entries for separate sciences are also always high and this year the standard pass rate was 100 per cent in all three subjects. Religious Studies saw nine out of the 27 entries achieve a grade 9.

There were some excellent individual performances with a host of students gaining impressive sets of grades, including a good number of the new harder to attain grade 9s.

Theo Coleman gained seven 9s, plus two A*s from subjects still using the old system; Jamie Waplington achieved five 9s, one A*, and four 8s; Sean Harvey six 9s, and two 8s; Grace Bellorini five 9s and three 8s; Max Helston four 9s, one A* and three 8s; Beth Gillies three 9s, two A*s and two 8s; Kitty Ford, five 9s and two *s; Chloe Saltmarsh, two 9s, two A*s, and four 8s; Oscar Bowskill, four 9s and two 8s; Louis King four 9s and four 8s.

Colyton Grammar School students with their GCSE results. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDColyton Grammar School students with their GCSE results. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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 but especially this year when the introduction of new courses, new syllabuses and the new grading system has led to great turmoil in the system and a huge amount of extra work.

“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.”

Colyton Grammar School students with their GCSE results. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDColyton Grammar School students with their GCSE results. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Students, parents and staff at Colyton Grammar School are celebrating outstanding GCSE results, which have seen the school outperform the national average by some considerable margin.

In all, 87 per cent of students who sat GCSEs this year achieved the top three grades of 9 to 7. Some 99 per cent achieved grades 9 to 5, and 40 per cent achieved a grade 9, ten times the national average of 4%.

Some 21 students achieved the coveted eight or more subjects with grade 9, around 18 per cent of this year’s GCSEs cohort. This compares to the national predicted result for this achievement of 0.2 per cent.

Across subjects, 100 per cent of students who sat Computer Science achieved grade 7 or above. Subjects where 85 per cent or more students achieved grade seven or above include Biology, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Geography, History, Maths, Physics and Religious Studies.

Students at Holyrood Academy collect their GCSE results. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDStudents at Holyrood Academy collect their GCSE results. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Students who studied for EDEXCEL Business sat the ‘old style’ GCSE and 100 per cent achieved A* to A – the best results for this subject in the country. One student achieved the highest mark in the country and with three others is in the UK top 10 – meaning that four of the highest-marked top 10 Business Studies students in the UK come from Colyton.

This year’s GCSE cohort are the first in the school to sit the new, more challenging form of GCSE where a grade nine is ranked higher than the former A*.

Tim Harris, Headteacher said: “We are extraordinarily proud of our GCSE cohort and their outstanding results. They, and the staff who teach them, have achieved these results against a national background of change and challenge and they should be congratulated.”

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