New tougher A levels added to the trepidation of results day in Ilfracombe, but staff are confident the school has done well

Ilfracombe Academy students Rachel Woolmer and Rosa Elliott-Arkell got three As and an A* at A level between them. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Academy students Rachel Woolmer and Rosa Elliott-Arkell got three As and an A* at A level between them. Picture: Tony Gussin

Ilfracombe Academy is celebrating a high pass rate despite over the new tougher A levels brought in this year.

Students gathered at the school library this morning (Thursday) to collect their results.

Headteacher Sharon Marshall said: "We are absolutely delighted with a high pass rate.

"There are lots of excited students moving into the next step in their lives and in a year when A levels have got tougher our figures have held up.

A Dubai project helepd give Ilfracombe Academy student Charlie Palfreeman an A* in photography at A level. Picture: Tony GussinA Dubai project helepd give Ilfracombe Academy student Charlie Palfreeman an A* in photography at A level. Picture: Tony Gussin

"The figures have recognised all those students who have worked so hard to get to grips with the new A levels."

Stand out students included Rachel Woolmer, who achieved two As and a B while her friend Rosa Elliott-Arkell attained an A*, A and a C.

Rachel is going on to Nottingham University to study music and hopes to become a music therapist. She said: "I am so grateful to the school and to the teachers for all the help they have given me."

Rosa will be doing American Studies at Sussex, which includes a year abroad as part of the course.

Ilfracombe Academy students Gaby Melton and Leah Jenkins with their A level results. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Academy students Gaby Melton and Leah Jenkins with their A level results. Picture: Tony Gussin

A trip to Dubai proved perfect for Charlie Palfreeman's photography coursework and helped earn him an A* grade, together with an A in media studies and B in maths.

He said he took around 2,500 pictures during his trip, basing the theme on 'manufactured structures'. Of his grades, he said: "I am quite shocked, I was not expecting this. In photography I worked really hard and stayed after school, spending 11 hour days just to get it done."

The whole photography group did extremely well, with everyone gaining at least a C. Teacher Katherine Thompson said: "All of the students met or exceeded their target rate and they have all done so well, they worked really hard and I am really delighted with their results."

Meanwhile, Jasmine Currie-Cathey gained two A grades in AS level maths and physics after achieving 11 A* grades at GCSE last year.

Ilfracombe Academy BTEC students celebrate a hatful of distinction stars - Matthew Rumson got two, as did Olivia Halls and Tommy Bowden achieved three. Picture: Tony GussinIlfracombe Academy BTEC students celebrate a hatful of distinction stars - Matthew Rumson got two, as did Olivia Halls and Tommy Bowden achieved three. Picture: Tony Gussin

BTEC students also did well, with Olivia Halls, Tommy Bowden and Matthew Rumson achieving seven distinction star grades between them.

Jasmine Currie-Chathey achived two A grades at AS level after getting 11 A* GCSEs at Ilfracombe Academy last year. Picture: Tony GussinJasmine Currie-Chathey achived two A grades at AS level after getting 11 A* GCSEs at Ilfracombe Academy last year. Picture: Tony Gussin