Schools achieve outstanding GCSE results

SECONDARY school students across North Devon have been celebrating outstanding academic success following the publication of GCSE results on Thursday. Chairman of the North Devon Secondary Heads Association Mark Juby told the Gazette that students throug

SECONDARY school students across North Devon have been celebrating outstanding academic success following the publication of GCSE results on Thursday.

Chairman of the North Devon Secondary Heads Association Mark Juby told the Gazette that students throughout North Devon had achieved exceptionally well this year.

"The feedback I've been getting from other head teachers around North Devon is that it's been a bit of a bumper year all round," said Mr Juby.

"There must have been something in the water 15 years ago as the results I have been hearing about from secondary schools throughout the area have been very good."


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He said students at his own school, Pilton Community College, had achieved the school's "best ever" results.

"Overall, 63 per cent of students achieved a five A-C grade pass rate which is a tribute to the hard work of our students, staff and the support of the families.

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"It will allow many youngsters to continue onto the next stage in their education."

Among the "stars" at Pilton was Matt Huxtable, 15, who gained nine A-Star grades despite being a year younger than his peers. Other straight-A students were Tom Ball and Zoe Cartlidge, whose haul included seven A-Star grades, and Dominic Spear, who gained five A-Star grades among a hatful of As.

Pilton, a language school, had nearly 90 per cent of students passing a modern foreign language subject.

At Park School, Eleanor Chamings gained 13 A* grades and an A. She and her colleagues achieved a total of 270 A* and A grades, an average of nine each.

Park head teacher David Atton said: "All of their hard work has made sure personal bests have been achieved and my congratulations go to all of those who have secured the results that they deserve.

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