Five pupils at Chulmleigh Community College gained a clean sweep of A* and A grades, but there was plenty of success to go around

Chulmleigh Community College pupils and their families gather to collect GCSE 2017 results. Picture: Chulmleigh Community CollegeChulmleigh Community College pupils and their families gather to collect GCSE 2017 results. Picture: Chulmleigh Community College

Staff and pupils at Chulmleigh Community College celebrated another successful year as GCSE results were announced today (Thursday).

The school saw 67 per cent of pupils gain a pass result in English and maths at four to nine (the new A-C grading equivalent, nine being the highest).

Out of 117, five Chulmleigh pupils gained a clean sweep of A* and A grades, which included Faye Pidgeon, Livvy Jenkins, Samantha Gold and Chloe Cole.

Laura Fraser Smith achieved a very impressive nine A* grades and a grade nine in maths and English. She said: "I'm shocked and delighted. I'm going to join Exeter College's Reach Academy and am now thinking beyond this too."

Equally proud of a great achievement was Sam Chiu, who made the most progress in the school, by achieving grades which were very significantly higher than indicated by the targets set for him when he joined the school.

Sam gained 12 GCSEs with A grades in business studies and religious studies.

Mia Kasperavicuite who gained one A*, four A grades and five Bs, after being at the school for four years and being unable to speak English when she started.

Mia's father said: 'I am delighted with these results and am so pleased that the school have moulded my daughter, who has become very engaged in academic work."

Michael Johnson, executive headteacher, said "The national debate about GCSE results cannot detract from the hard work, ambition and tenacity the children at this great school.

"These results are another demonstration of the strength of Chulmleigh College and the results set us on the right trajectory into 2017-8."