Students across North Devon have been opening their GCSE results this morning (Thursday).

Pilton Community College students Ben Rousseau, Tom Ware and Finn Whittley with their GCSE results. Picture: Matt SmartPilton Community College students Ben Rousseau, Tom Ware and Finn Whittley with their GCSE results. Picture: Matt Smart

Pilton Community College and The Park Community College students picked up their GCSE results this morning, and despite a shake-up to the exams system there were plenty of top marks.

This year's results marked the first GCSE courses reliant solely on exams, while changes to grading means maths and English language and literature results are numbered from 9-1.

Pilton Community College student Darcey Atkinson. Picture: Matt SmartPilton Community College student Darcey Atkinson. Picture: Matt Smart

Despite the changes, Pilton Community College headteacher Louise Miller-Marshall said the school's results had 'held-up' and she was 'very happy with the outcome'.

Among the top achievers at Pilton were Isable Ware, Taylor Langmead, Sammi Hoddy, Jacob Spencer, Max Mepsted, Darcey Atkinson, Louisa Huxtable, Joe Kinnish, Jacob Harris, Bob Whittaker, Brooke Timmins, Ben Rousseau, Tom Ware and Fin Whittley.

Pilton Community College students Louisa Huxtable and Joe Kinnish with their GCSE results. Picture: Matt SmartPilton Community College students Louisa Huxtable and Joe Kinnish with their GCSE results. Picture: Matt Smart

Seven of those students picked up 9s in maths.

Darcey Atkinson picked up a 9 in maths and 7s in English language and literature, as well as seven A* and two A.

Pilton Community College students Jacob Harris and Bob Whittaker with their GCSE results. Picture: Matt SmartPilton Community College students Jacob Harris and Bob Whittaker with their GCSE results. Picture: Matt Smart

Ms Miller-Marshall said: "We are delighted that our results have held up and the children have all done really, really well," she said.

"We've had a lot of nines, which are the new grade. It was speculated that very few would get them and we have got lots, so I'm really happy with that.

Pilton Community College students Sammi Hoddy, Isabel Ware and Taylor Langmead with their GCSE results. Picture: Matt SmartPilton Community College students Sammi Hoddy, Isabel Ware and Taylor Langmead with their GCSE results. Picture: Matt Smart

"The most able have performed really well, as have children across the board, and there have been fantastic outcomes in other subjects.

"Sciences have gone up and languages have gone up significantly and performing arts have done well.

Pilton Community College student Brooke Timmins with her GCSE results. Picture: Matt SmartPilton Community College student Brooke Timmins with her GCSE results. Picture: Matt Smart

"It's a huge relief and we are very, very happy with the outcomes."

Pilton Community College students Jacob Spencer and Max Mepsted with their GCSE results. Picture: Matt SmartPilton Community College students Jacob Spencer and Max Mepsted with their GCSE results. Picture: Matt Smart

At The Park Community School, 20 per cent of pupils scored a 9,8 or 7 in maths, with 70 per cent achieving an overall pass. In English, 74 per cent of students achieved a pass.

Students at Park Community School open their GCSE exam results. Picture: Park Community SchoolStudents at Park Community School open their GCSE exam results. Picture: Park Community School

Sciences also did well, with 85 per cent achieving C or above and 30 per cent getting an A or A*.

Headteacher Gareth Roscoe said: "I am delighted with the examination results for Park School. Students have been richly rewarded for their hard work and effort.

Students at Park Community School open their GCSE exam results. Picture: Park Community SchoolStudents at Park Community School open their GCSE exam results. Picture: Park Community School

"Park boys seemed to buck the national trend with our top three performers being male. Between them Jonas, Adam and Jack achieved 33 A*/A or grade 9s, an A^ (A hat or A**) for GCSE further Maths and also an A at AS level Mathematics.

"Our girls also didn't disappoint with Alice, Grace, Esther, Yasmeen, Grace and Olivia all scooping a full compliment of 9,8 & 7s or A*/A grades in every subject they studied. A total of 67 excellent passes between six girls.

Students at Park Community School open their GCSE exam results. Picture: Park Community SchoolStudents at Park Community School open their GCSE exam results. Picture: Park Community School

"We are in a fantastic position to start the new term, with results showing significant improvements. As highlighted by our recent Ofsted inspection the (staff) training and development at the school is starting to hit home. This can be evidenced by our improved outcomes."