NORTH Devon s secondary schools have enjoyed a great end to the summer holidays as many celebrated record GCSE results and some outstanding individual achievements from pupils. A number of schools scored their best GCSE results ever, including Great Torri

NORTH Devon's secondary schools have enjoyed a great end to the summer holidays as many celebrated record GCSE results and some outstanding individual achievements from pupils.

A number of schools scored their best GCSE results ever, including Great Torrington School and Bideford College, South Molton Community College, Ilfracombe Arts College and Kingsley School.

At Torrington, Imogen John, 16, gained the highest grades ever to come out of the school, with 12 A* grades plus two As. She also gained an early A grade at AS Level the week before.

At Kingsley School in Bideford, Toby Mills also scored highly with a dozen A* grades and 17 students there gained eight or more A and A* marks.

"Our staff and students have worked so hard to achieve this level of success, particularly whilst in the midst of our merger, and should feel really proud today," said headmaster Andy Waters.

Park School in Barnstaple was also celebrating its best overall results, as 62 per cent of students achieved five or more A* - C grades, 44 per cent including English and Maths. The top 20 academic high flyers secured a total of 206 of the top A*/A grades.

"Our strength as a school is the focus upon every student achieving his or her very best. It is those individual outcomes for each that really matter rather than the generalised overall pass rates for a year group of 286," said headteacher David Atton.

At Pilton Community College it was also a red letter day, with more record results as one in five maths students gained an A or A* grade.

A total of 51 per cent of students overall achieved more than five A* - C grades including Maths and English. Principal Mark Juby said it places the school in the top quarter nationwide for achievement.

Ilfracombe Arts College saw a record 58.3 per cent gain grades at A* to C, while high scoring pupils Katie McCarten and Hillary Davey gained straight A and A* grades.

At Chulmleigh Community College 68 per cent of pupils gained grades A* to C and principal Mike Johnson the college had exceeded all expectations.

West Buckland School again saw good results and a number of high scoring individual performances, including straight A* grades for students Diana Webber and Cecilia Karlsson.