North Devon schools celebrate GCSE results

Joseph Bulmer

Many schools in North Devon receive “best ever” results

NORTH Devon secondary schools have been reporting another good year for GCSEs following results day yesterday (Thursday) with several declaring it their best yet.

In Barnstaple, Bideford, Braunton, West Buckland, Ilfracombe, Torrington, South Molton, Chulmleigh and Holsworthy, anxious 16-year-olds and their parents gathered to receive their results.

* ILFRACOMBE Arts College students pulled out all the stops with 76 per cent getting five or more A*to C grades, smashing its previous best by 17 per cent. Another best saw a total of 48 per cent gain A* to C grades which included English and Maths.

Headteacher Sharon Barnes said it was “fantastic and testimony to the hard work of our staff and students.

“We are delighted with our results and the progress we’ve made as a school. With last weeks A Level Results being our best ever at 98% pass we have had a very good year.

“There were star performances from Johnny Nicholson, Abbey Obene and Jamie Crawford shining with a string of A* and A grades each.”

* THE PARK COMMUNITY SCHOOL in Barnstaple reported its best ever overall outcome with 62 per cent of students achieving five or more A* to C grades.

Park’s top 40 academic high flyers secured a total of 331 of the top A* and A grades – or more than eight each.

Headteacher David Atton said the school’s strength was a focus on high expectations and every student achieving his or her very best.

* BRAUNTON: Staff and governors at Braunton School and Community College were also pleased with the results and principal David Sharratt said a large majority of students had met or exceeded grade targets “as a result of their hard work, good attendance and excellent teaching.”

“We are all very proud of our students’ successes,” he said.

More than two thirds of Braunton students achieved five or more A*to C grades with a considerable number gaining high GCSE or equivalent grades in eight or more subjects. The English and English Literature results saw more than 10 per cent gaining the top A* grade. A number of Y10 and 11 students secured high grades in Latin GCSE, studied as an additional subject after school.


* BIDEFORD College was also celebrating its best ever results and principal Veronica Matthews said: “We are extremely pleased with this year’s GCSE results – 13% more students achieved 5 A* to C grades, including English and Maths, and 15% more gained 5 good GCSE grades than last year – 62% in total.

“This is the result of the continuing improvements we have made to the way we are working, coupled with the effect of our superb facilities and the impact they are already having on teaching and learning.

“We have exceeded targets agreed with the local authority which take account of the ability of students within the year group so there is a lot to celebrate.

“I am really proud of our students and the effort that they have put in this year as well as recognising the skill and dedication of our staff.”

* WEST BUCKLAND SCHOOL achieved impressive results, with 53 per cent of all exams taken passed at A and A* grades.

A total 97 per cent of Year 11 pupils achieved five of Jenny Gibb, Katie Hartnoll, Louisa Keech and Maddie McCarthy, who all achieved a complete sweep of 10 A* grades. Nine A* were awarded to Scott Burgess and Poppy Henson, with Robert Crisp, Verity Marsterson and Molly McKinnel gaining eight.

“This is the third year in succession that West Buckland pupils have passed more than 50 of all GCSEs at A and A* grades,” said Headmaster John Vick.

“For so many students to achieve large numbers of A* grades is truly remarkable.”

* KINGSLEY School students achieved a record set of GCSE results with an overall A* to C pass rate of 90 per cent, with 41 per cent of the grades at A* and A.

A total of 84 per cent of the students gained five or more A* to C grades, with almost three-quarters gaining eight or more at A* to C.

There were many outstanding individual performances, with twelve students gaining eight or more A* and A grades. Chloe Marsden gained 10.5 A* grades and an A, Naomi Spencer gained 10 A* and two As and Sarah Gibson gained 9.5 A* and two A grades. Will Manners topped the boys’ results with six A* and four A grades.

Headmaster Andy Waters was delighted with the results and said: “The students can be very proud of themselves – these are outstanding results, with new records set for the school in almost every measure for the third year in succession.

“The staff can be equally proud - with 11 departments gaining 100 per cent A* - C passes including biology, chemistry, physics, Spanish, music and drama.”