North Devon’s A Level results come in

Petroc celebrates another record pass rate

ANXIOUS teenagers across North Devon joined thousands across the UK this morning (Thursday) in the annual A Level results ritual at their schools and colleges.

With ever greater pressure on university places, good marks were more important than ever and so far it looks as if the majority of students in the region have done well.

Petroc is celebrating another year of record results, with a 99 per cent pass rate at the college’s Barnstaple campus – an all time high and well over the national pass rate of 97.8 per cent.

More than a fifth of Petroc students (21.73 per cent) gained A* and A grades and a total of 74.61 per cent passed at grades A to C.

The morning brought great news for Petroc student Matthew Huxtable, who at just 17-years-old is the college’s top performer with four A* grades in maths, further maths, chemistry and physics, now off to Oxbridge after gaining almost 100 per cent marks in all his exams, dropping just four points in his physics one.

“I am really pleased with my results and am very happy to say I am off to Cambridge!” he said.

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“I came to Petroc when I was 15 – a year early – and have really enjoyed the experience. I came here mainly because was the only place to offer the Further Maths course I wanted to take.”

Other Petroc students Oxbridge bound include Eleanor Chamings from Barnstaple, who gained an A* and two As and is off to Oxford, while her friend Anni Brooker from Instow is heading for Cambridge after achieving an A*, two As and a B.

Meanwhile, Emma Horton from Pilton scored two A* grades and an A. Emma made it to the semi final of the Junior Apprentice and although she didn’t quite get to the televised stage, she is relishing another crack at the business world when she studies for a business management degree at Cardiff University,.

Joining her there will be her friend Ali Lawson from Berrynarbor, who achieved three A grades and will be studying a journalism degree.

High achievers also included Will Honey, Conor Devine and Joe McCaffrey, who all gained five A grades.

“We’re delighted with these record breaking results that reflect the extraordinary amount of hard work put in by our students and the team, here at Petroc,” said Huw Davies, Director for Curriculum and Innovation.

“A levels are often referred to as the ‘gold standard’ for colleges and our learners have never shone more brightly.

“Today’s results clearly illustrate why Petroc is a beacon of excellence for high quality further education in Devon.”

The pass rate at the Petroc Tiverton campus climbed by seven per cent to 96.49. Meanwhile, the percentage of students passing at grade A* to C, rose by more than 15 per cent.

Check back online and see the North Devon Gazette next week for more A level results, news and pictures.

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