Thursday, August 15, 2013
Ilfracombe pictures added, plus more reaction and results from North Devon A level results day.
ANXIOUS North Devon students turned out in nervous anticipation this morning (Thursday) for the annual ritual of A level results day.
At the Petroc campus in Barnstaple, delighted staff announced a pass rate of more than 99 per cent for the second year running, beating the national average of 98.1.
There was a 100 per cent rate for 22 different subjects at the college which three quarters of students achieved A* to C grades.
Four students, John Nicholson, Dian Weerakonda Arachil, Ed Liddon and Iain Sharp joined the elite band nationwide who had achieved three or more A* grades.
John, who is the highest individual Petroc achiever and also scored highly in his STEP exams to get into Cambridge, said: “Everyone at Petroc has been very supportive and has always encouraged me to challenge myself. I initially hoped to do this well, but then the doubt started kicking in last night. I was up until midnight to check the STEP results and, once we knew I’d got in, we cracked open the champagne!”
John will be studying ‘even more maths’ at Cambridge.
Iain Sharp from Holsworthy was also thrilled with his results: “I am just so happy and the results were better than I expected, it’s brilliant,” he said.
“I have really enjoyed my time here, it has been hard work but at the end of it all I am really pleased.”
Hannah Morris, from Barnstaple, gained three A grades, but admitted she had been so nervous:
“I have been awake all night, so the sense of relief was amazing,” she said.
Keith Devine, head of humanities and science at Petroc, said staff were delighted that all the hard work they had put in during the past year had paid off:
“That’s just brilliant and on days like this when you come in and see so many smiling faces, that’s why we do the job,” he said.
“But although it’s brilliant to get a lot of students with high grades, it’s equally rewarding to see less able students achieve a C or a D and we take as much pleasure from that.”
SIXTH Form students at West Buckland School are celebrating after another impressive year which sees 67 per cent of all A-levels passed at A*, A and B grades plus an overall pass rate of 99.5 per cent.
It is the seventh successive year at the school where over two thirds of exams have been awarded the top grades.
Outstanding individual performers included Jenny Gibb, who will be reading medicine at university after achieving three A* grades in biology, chemistry and mathematics.
Louisa Keech also won three A* grades in chemistry, English literature and French, as well as an A* in her extended project, an in depth research-based piece of work equivalent to an AS level. Meanwhile, Sooraj Mahesh is Oxford bound where he will study medicine after being awarded A* grades in biology and chemistry and A grades in maths and physics.
“They have worked incredibly hard and it is extremely rewarding for parents, teachers and everyone at the school to see these young people perform so impressively,” said headmaster John Vick.
“They deserve every success, both now and in the future.”
BIDEFORD COLLEGE has reported another year of good results, exceeding the targets set for overall pass results and average points scored per student.
Increases included 12 per cent more students gained A* to C grades compared with last year and 11 per cent more at AS level. The number of students gaining the very highest grades also rose and the proportion gaining at least two grades A* to C grades increased by 24 per cent.
“They are very much going in the right direction and they reflect the hard work of students and staff as well as the support and encouragement of parents and carers,” said principal Veronica Matthews.
“We are proud of our students and what they have achieved and we wish them all well for the future.”
Four students who gained at least three A* and A grades were: Katie Hillman gained an A* in history and A grades in English Literature and physics. She is going to Warwick University to read history.
Alice Allin gained three As in biology, chemistry and mathematics and is applying to read medicine next year.
Aaron Rowland gained A grades in mathematics, physics and D&T Systems and Control. He will study Electronic Engineering with Artificial Intelligence at Southampton University.
Saffron Jones gained an A* in maths and A grades in law, geography and business studies as well as a B grade in English Language. She will read Business, Mathematics and Statistics at The London School of Economics.
Megan Townshend gained two As and a B grade and will read English at Exeter University. Hope Alexander gained an A and two B grades and will study Wildlife Conservation at Liverpool John Moores University. Wesley Knowler also gained an A and two B grades and will read history at the University of Sussex. Molly Hurford gained A, B and C grades and will read Sociology at Cardiff.
Kaye French, the College’s Assistant Principal with responsibility for the Sixth Form added: “This year’s results will encourage those going into the Upper Sixth and the students joining the Sixth Form to appreciate what can be achieved and the opportunities that are open to them.”
ILFRACOMBE Academy is overjoyed after a record pass rate of 99 per cent. Headteacher Sharon Marshall said: “We are really delighted with this year’s results.
“Students and staff can be very proud not only of the overall pass rate but of the number of top grades which have again increased.
“There are many individual students who have performed exceptionally well for example Jamie Crawford who achieved an outstanding four A* grades, Jack Shone two A* and an A, Amy Paternoster two A* and a B and Sam Pugsley three As to name a few.”
Mrs Marshall said the school had also had its best AS level results to date with an overall pass rate of 85 per cent, a 19 per cent improvement on the previous year, again with many outstanding individual performances.
These included Daniel Oakes, Megan Jones and Hannah Judge, who all achieved four A grades, Ella Mawson three A grades and a B and Chloe Rendells with three A grades.
She added: “The results at both AS and A2 are a testimony to the dedication of our staff, the hard work of the students and the support provided by tutors and parents.”
SHEBBEAR COLLEGE students are celebrating success with A Level results, with over a quarter of the grades achieved being A* to A.
Of all the grades, 75 per cent ranged from A* to C and nearly every student gained a place at either their first or second choice university.
Headmaster Simon Weale said he was delighted with the results.
He said: “The most important thing we can do is to provide our students with a set of skills and qualities that will allow them to lead successful and fulfilled lives after they leave school.
“I am thrilled that so many of our students will be able to take up either the university courses or the work opportunities of their choice and I am confident that they will thrive in these.”
Particularly high achievers included Dan Lee who gained an A* in Maths and A grades in chemistry, physics, and biology.
Dan has secured his place at Bath University and will go on to read natural sciences. Sarah Balsdon will study Economics at Exeter having gained three A grades and head boy Rob Dunn will be studying at Oxford Brookes University.
Other students studying further afield include Jason Liu whose A* and three A grades have earned him a place at the University of Hong Kong and Anthony McGeorge who will take up a scholarship to the University of Western New Mexico.
* Keep checking back here throughout the day as more pictures, comments and results are added.