MORE PICTURES: GCSE results day in North Devon
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West Buckland, Shebbear and Pilton pictures added following great results and happy faces at schools across North Devon.
The nervous wait is over for GCSE students across North Devon for another year.
Many of North Devon’s schools performed very well this year, and bucked the national trend as figures dropped for a second year running.
Throughout the country, the number of students receiving top grades (A*-C) fell to 68.1 per cent.
West Buckland led the way with a record-breaking year - and a remarkable pass rate of 95%. Four students managed a clean sweep of 10 or more A* grades.
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Headmaster, John Vick says: “This year’s GCSE results really are exceptional. I am very proud of our students who have worked so hard for them.”
Ilfracombe Academy was delighted with its’ results, the best ever GCSE results on the back of record A and AS level totals, wityh. 59.5 per cent of GCSE students achieving five A*-C grades including English and Maths, and 82 per cent of students achieved five GCSEs overall.
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Park Community School in Barnstaple saw an increase in five plus GCSE grades (A*-C) including English and Maths of 8 per cent to 63 per cent and their 5+ (A*- C) grades by five per cent to 73 per cent.
And their top ten academic achievers bagged an impressive 262 A* or A grades – an average of over ten each.
“Good GCSE results are vital to realising future educational and employment opportunities,” said pleased head teacher David Atton.
“But they need to be placed within the broader context of all that each individual student has also achieved as part of a rounded education in developing the essential qualities and insights essential to securing a full and happy life, ready to tackle whatever challenges the future may present.”
Pilton Community College also beat the national trend, with around double the national average achieving the coveted English Baccalaureate, described by the government as the “rigorous, academic subjects highly valued by employers and universities”.
Principal Louise Miller-Marshall said: “I couldn’t be more delighted for our students, who are now going on to achieve great things post-16. We are an inclusive school, and today is all about our young people.”
Bideford College also enjoyed a highly successful set of results.
Many of the subjects taken at the College had significantly higher proportions of students gaining A*-C grades compared to last year. Amongst these, English Literature, French, Music, Drama, PE, Business Studies and Media each saw an improvement of over 10 pre cent on the 2012 results.
Veronica Matthews, College Principal, said “It was a lovely atmosphere this morning with relieved and smiling students being watched by their parents and friends who had come along to share the occasion.
“We are pleased with our results this year as our students have done well and many of the College’s headline figures have improved.”
There were similar success stories at Chumleigh Community College, where 73 per cent of students gained five A*-C grades at GCSE, and 62 per cent gained five A*-C grades, including English and maths. 77 per cent of students gained a maths GCSE grade C or above.
Head teacher Mike Johnson said: “I should like to take this opportunity to thank all who have been involved in getting these results. It represents a lot of hard work and I would point out that everyone is under more pressure and working harder than ever.
“It is quite difficult to make an accurate comparison or assessment of what these results mean at this point. There is a lot of grade turbulence nationally.
“Of course, we will have a look at what we need to do to improve upon this for next year.”
The principal, staff, parents and pupils of South Molton Community College are pleased with their results this year, with 77 per cent of students gaining five A*-C grades, and 55 per cent including Maths and English.
The school said in a statement: “This is a very good rate of achievement especially in this year of stricter marking and is due to the commitment and hard work of staff, pupils and the support of their parents and carers.”
Kinglesy School’s newly-appointed acting headmaster Simon Woolcott was delighted with his schools results:
“Congratulations to all our GCSE students who deserve enormous credit for two years of consistent hard work to produce such a fine set of results.
“The school is enormously proud of every individual’s achievements. We are all now looking forward to the start of term.”
For more pictures of North Devon students celebrating their GCSE results, see the gallery (top, right).
Shebbear College students have produced a very strong set of GCSE results with more than 40 per cent of all grades achieved being A*and A. Among the achievements were some truly outstanding performances, particularly from Emilio Aliberti (eight A* and six A), Julian Blaskiewicz (10 A* and two As), Jack Honey (five A* and seven As), Tom Hill (six A* and five As), and George Daniel (six A* and three A).
The boys defied the national trend of falling grades in science by achieving 11 A* and three As in their respective science GCSE exams. Other pupils achieving at least eight A* and A grades included Emily Dunn, Katie Trask, and county rugby player George Bone.
The Art department had a 100 per cent pass rate from A* to C with 16 out of 19 pupils gaining an A* or an A.
Headmaster Simon Weale said: “I am very happy with these results. We do not have a selective intake at the college and yet our UK pupils consistently punch above their weight and outperform their contemporaries.”
* CLICK on the gallery link to the top right of this story to see more pictures from yesterday’s GCSE results day.