Excellence at first Ilfracombe Academy Awards
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School pays tribute to its highest achievers after a record-breaking and ‘best ever’ year.
ILFRACOMBE Academy has celebrated it best ever year and exam results by honouring its top students.
The school held its first Academic Excellence Awards last night (Thursday) to mark the achievements of young people who had gained some truly outstanding results at GCSE, AS and A level.
Principal Sharon Marshall told proud parents and guests in attendance that this year they had wanted to recognise the students that had excelled, in addition to the annual presentation evening hosted at the Landmark.
“The students here are right at the top of the tree in their subjects,” she said.
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“It really is a fantastic the students have been on and a fantastic journey for us - this year we have made the most amazing step forward.”
That success has included a record-breaking 99 per cent pass rate at A level, followed by the school’s best ever GCSE results, plus good attendance and the lowest ever exclusion rates.
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“As a school, we had our best year in just about every way you can,” added Mrs Marshall.
Earlier this year the school also gained church academy status, away from council control and more power to manage its own affairs.
Among the award-winners was Jamie Crawford, who achieved an impressive four A* grades in A level maths, chemistry, biology and art.
The 18-year-old from Combe Martin has now left North Devon to study medicine at Birmingham University.
“I had done art for a long time and when it came to A levels I didn’t want to drop any, so I ploughed on through them all and I am glad I did,” he said.
“The awards ceremony was a nice way to leave and a lovely way to say goodbye to the school.”