Shebbear College’s Antonia Aliberti has gained 14 GCSE passes at the highest grade

Shebbear College students Matthew and James Edge and Lachlan Young. Picture: Shebbear CollegeShebbear College students Matthew and James Edge and Lachlan Young. Picture: Shebbear College

A Shebbear College student has achieved the school's best ever individual GCSE results.

Antonia Aliberti gained an amazing 13 A* grades plus a nine - the highest possible - in maths.

The school's Year 11s are the first group to have taken the new GCSEs in English language, English literature and maths, and a record number of UK pupils have achieved five passes including maths and English language (a grade 4 would have achieved a C last year).

Other superb Shebbear performances came from Tara Twomey with seven A*s and five As and Alex Yiu with eight A*s. Alex achieved an A* in computer science in the first year the school has offered the subject at GCSE.

Shebbear students Holly Nancekivell and Tara Twomey. Picture: Shebbear CollegeShebbear students Holly Nancekivell and Tara Twomey. Picture: Shebbear College

Headmaster Simon Weale said: "Our pupils cannot be compared against their predecessors because these new exams are fundamentally more testing.

"I am delighted they have collectively risen to the challenge. GCSEs seem to induce the highest stress levels and the process helps everyone to find out about themselves and learn lessons for the future.

"These pupils are now well set to perform well at A level and BTEC."

Shebbear College students Caitlin McCartney, James Law and Rebecca Faber. Picture: Shebbear CollegeShebbear College students Caitlin McCartney, James Law and Rebecca Faber. Picture: Shebbear College

Shebbear College student Oliver Crowhurst with his results. Picture: Shebbear CollegeShebbear College student Oliver Crowhurst with his results. Picture: Shebbear College

Shbeear's Merryn Alderson with a proud mum. Picture: Shebbear CollegeShbeear's Merryn Alderson with a proud mum. Picture: Shebbear College