Almost nine out of 10 students secured a ‘strong pass’ in English and maths under new grade scheme

Pupils at West Buckland School celebrate their GCSE results.Pupils at West Buckland School celebrate their GCSE results.

Pupils at West Buckland School delivered an excellent set of provisional GCSE results.

Across the core subjects of English and maths, 88.1 per cent of the school's pupils achieved a 'strong pass' of 5 or higher.

Results in mathematics saw 65 per cent of pupils achieving the top 9-7 grades.

In the subjects marked on the conventional A* to G scale, 60.3 per cent of exams were awarded the top A* and A grades, 85.6 per cent of entries were passed at A* to B with an overall pass rate at A* to C of 95.2 per cent.

There were some notable individual achievements, including Ayaka Watanabe who secured five A* grades, two A grades plus 8, 7 and 8 in the English and maths subjects.

Kian Hayles-Cotton also achieved five A*s, two As and 6, 7, 8 whilst Patrick Colville, Tom Dewhurst, John Skinner and Timothy Peng each achieved the top 9 grade in mathematics and between them secured a string of top A* and A grades.

West Buckland headmaster Phillip Stapleton said: "GCSEs are a crucial qualification and I am delighted such a large proportion of our year 11s secured strong passes in English and maths.

"Our teachers have worked hard to understand the new specifications and these results will stand our pupils in good stead for the next stage of their education, giving them a wide array of options and opportunities to apply to the best universities.

"It is also pleasing to see so many students receiving excellent grades in subjects across the curriculum. There have been some wonderful performances with over 80% of grades in Art marked at A* or A; in Chemistry and Physics over 90% scored A*-B and in Music and History 100% of our students gained a B grade or higher.

"These truly excellent results are a testament to our pupils' hard work and of course the support of families and teachers.

"The year 11s are to be congratulated: I am pleased for all those who have realised or achieved beyond their expectations."