GCSE Results - “What a Great Year Group!”
Pictured above: some of the highest achievers of the Year Group
A week on from celebrating the Post 16 results, students and staff are again celebrating at Exmouth Community College following the GCSE results.
Students have achieved 59% A* - C including English and Maths. This is one of the best set of results the College has achieved in recent years. The College is particularly pleased with these results which are underpinned once again by excellent work in English and Maths where 80% of students have made expected progress in their time at the College.
Andy Bown, Head of Year 11 said, “I would like to congratulate and thank the students for all their effort and hard work during their GCSE courses. The results reflect the year group’s outstanding work ethic and dedication to their studies. The combination of excellent teaching, continued support from parents/carers and the determination to succeed by students has resulted in so many of them being able to access their first choice at Post 16. I wish the students every success in the next chapter of their education.”
Henri Miles, Assistant Principal Key Stage 4 said, “These results are very well deserved by the students who had an exemplary approach to their courses. I am particularly pleased to see how well students have progressed during their first five years at the College. We still allow students a free choice of option subjects at GCSE and their motivation in subjects they have chosen pays off in results like these”.
Notable achievements include:
Tom Burrows 8 A*s 3 As Cameron Jackson 5 A*s 5 As
Ada Taggart 5A*s 5As Jacob Congreve 4 A*s 4 As
Phoebe Mitchell 4A*s 6As Molly Seymour 3A*s 6As
Jacob Dunn 3A*s 6 As Danielle Gibson 3A*s 5As
Leo Jerome Dawkins 3A*s 4As Jack Parsons 2 A*s 8As
Rosie Bird 2 A*s 6 As Megan Ruffle 7As
Tony Alexander,Principal, said,
“I am delighted with this year’s GCSE results which are amongst the highest we have achieved. It is a well deserved reward for a year group that were very industrious and who attended all the extra revision classes, Saturday mornings and during school holidays throughout the year. This year the Government introduced a new target for measuring students’ progress and we have comfortably exceeded that which is very heartening. Students and staff have really worked hard to achieve these excellent results, I am very proud of all of them and would like to congratulate and thank them.”
Chair of Governors, Jill Elson, said,
“Congratulations to all our students for their achievements after all their hard work. Thanks to all the staff for their help and support to all students. Parents are very important to all students for giving them their support and encouragement“.
A Level results: improved life chances for students!
A2 results have sustained high levels of success:
13.5% of students achieved A* to A grades.
68.3% of students achieved A*to C grades.
98% of students passed all their examinations (A*-E).
AS results – provide an excellent foundation for future success:
54% of students achieved A–C grades.
85% of students achieved A–E grades, passing all their examinations.
Vocational and BTEC results have shown a massive improvement: a main aim of the year and a tribute to the efforts of all involved.
Extended project grades are outstanding for the third year in a row.
This year’s A Level and AS Level results were most pleasing. At A level 68% of students were successful in gaining A*-C grades and 98% achieved A–E grades. Many of the courses were following a new syllabus and marking boundaries have been tightened considerably meaning our results were extremely positive.
Similarly the AS examinations were particularly pleasing, especially as many of them were subject to new syllabus and more rigorous marking. 54% achieved A–C grades and 90% gained A–E grades.
Mr Alexander said that he was delighted that the hard work and ability of the students had reaped such positive rewards. He praised the dedication of his staff for their sheer professionalism and commitment to every student.
The A level results remained strong despite changes making it more difficult to achieve an A* or A. Matthew Jackson, Ben Kay, Angela Roxas, and Victoria Upton all achieved straight A* and A grades. Across the range students excelled, and the overall pass rate remained very high at 98%.
Notable achievements are Sarah Atkins, who achieved 5 A grades, Beth Freer, Bradley Johnston, Tarquin Kerton-Johnson, and Joyce Tang achieved at least three A grades each.
Simon Tanner, Assistant Principal and Head of Post 16 said, “I am delighted! This has been richly deserved by students and staff. The Year group was delightful and the students worked hard all year. We work hard to achieve significant improvement with all our students, and this is the reward for our commitment: improved life chances for all our students.”
Progress 8 Score
Attainment 8 Score
Pupils achieving A*-C in Eng & Maths
Pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate
A level results continue to improve on last year. We have achieved our best ever results in all major areas. Students and staff have achieved a fantastic 99% pass rate and an amazing 19% A* to A grades, with 72% of all grades being A-C.
19% of students achieved A* to A grades.
72% of students achieved A*- C grades.
99% of students passed all their examinations (A*-E).
The A level results improved yet again, with significant improvements at the highest levels, despite new courses making it more of a challenge for both students and staff. We are extremely proud of the achievements of all our students. Six students achieved exclusively A* or A grades, and many students achieved the highest A* grade. Across the range students excelled according to their enthusiasms and abilities, and the overall pass rate climbed once more to 99%.
Vocational and BTEC results
Vocational and BTEC results have again shown a massive improvement: a tribute to the efforts of all involved. The average grade achieved by our Applied course students was a low Distinction, while the average grade achieved by our Technical level students was a Distinction Star. This is highly pleasing for a college totally committed to comprehensive education.
Simon Tanner, Assistant Principal and Head of Post 16 said:
“I am delighted! This has been richly deserved by students and staff who worked incredibly hard all year. The most up to date Government figures show we achieve significant improvement with all our students, but we never get complacent, and the end result is improved life chances for all our students, whatever their ability.”
College Principal Tony Alexander said:
“The best ever set of A Level results recorded at the College speaks for itself. I am delighted for all the students and particularly pleased with the figures of 19% gaining A* and A grades which is outstanding. The hard work, dedication and commitment of students and staff have reaped great dividends. I am thrilled that we have achieved this landmark in my final year before retirement.”
On behalf of the Governing Board at Exmouth Community College, Chair of Governors Jill Elson said:
“We have an excellent team of staff under the leadership of Tony Alexander. The students have achieved excellent results by hard work and taking opportunities open to them to help them achieve these results. Thanks are due to the support of parents to their children and to the college. Well done everyone.”
Mr Tanner, Assistant Principal (Post 16) congratulates happy students
Best Ever A Level Results
The students have worked hard to achieve results like these. They have had to work to more challenging courses in English and Maths and we are delighted to see that their performance in these qualifications is still excellent.
The teaching staff have continued to provide students with the highest quality teaching and examination preparation despite not having a great deal of information upon which to base their work. It was very impressive to see so many students achieve the new highest level of a 9.
Henrietta Miles, Assistant principal KS 4 said:
"I am so pleased that these results will allow students to access the courses they have planned for the next academic year. It is very important to the Key Stage 4 Team that all students are supported so that they can achieve their best and these results show that many students did just that."
Ben Findel-Hawkins, Head of Year 11, said:
" Students are under so much pressure to achieve with these new qualifications it was very important that we remained positive for the students so that they could work hard on their preparation for the exams. The students found the new courses challenging but their determination to succeed has shone through with so many students doing extremely well."
Principal, Mr Alexander, said,
" I am really proud of these results which reflect the hard work of the students and the dedication and commitment of the staff. These new courses were demanding and the hours of extra work put in on Saturdays and during holiday periods are a tribute to students and staff alike. Results at both GCSE and A Level have been highly pleasing and an excellent prelude to my retirement. I wish all the students the best of fortune."
College Performance Tables: DfE
Students and staff at Exmouth Community College are once again celebrating great results which further improve on last year’s best ever set of A level results and includes one of our students gaining a place at Cambridge University to study English.
A level results have once again improved and these results reflect our relentless pursuit of high quality teaching, bespoke individualised support for each student and an outstanding commitment on behalf of every member of staff to help every student, no matter what their ability, reach the very highest grades possible. We have achieved our best ever results in all major areas and results across a really wide range of subject areas show very high levels of progress and attainment.
Students and staff have achieved an amazing 20%A* to A grades, with 70% of all grades being A-C.
Four students achieved three A* or A grades across all their subjects which, given the increased difficulty of the exams is an incredible achievement and over 70 students achieved at least one A* or A grade. However, it is important to recognise that students across the range excelled according to their enthusiasm and abilities. We absolutely recognise the achievement of every individual student no matter what their starting point.
20% of students achieved A* to A grades.
70% of students achieved A*- C grades.
97% of students passed all their examinations (A*-E).
Vocational and BTEC results have once again been really successful with 60% of results from Sport, Media Studies, Child Development, Health and Care and IT being at the top grades of either Distinction or Distinction Star. This is a fantastic achievement by both students and staff, since these are very rigorous courses which are recognised by both university and industry as being high value qualifications.
Most importantly the vast vast majority of our students have gained places at their university of choice or have gone on to gap years, apprenticeship or employment.
Simon Tanner, Assistant Principal and Head of Post 16 said: “I am delighted! This has been richly deserved by students and staff who worked with focus and determination throughout the year. Government figures showed we achieved above
the national rates of progress with our students last year, and these figures suggest we have repeated that: this will undoubtedly give our students improved life chances. As a result many are going to be able to pursue fantastic opportunities, from Mechanical Engineering at Bath, to Geography and Statistics at Glasgow and to English at Cambridge.”
College Principal Andrew Davis said, “This is yet another fantastic set of results for our Post-16 which, based on last year’s national data set, should once again place us in the top 20% of Sixth Forms and Colleges in the country.
These results are a testament to both our Year 13 students who were fantastic ambassadors for our College throughout their time with us as well as the staff, both teaching and support staff, at the College who have once again showed incredible skill, huge determination and great commitment to continually go the extra mile to support our Post 16 students and help them achieve these results.
The success of our Sixth Form is based on great teaching, outstanding pastoral support for each student and wider curriculum opportunities beyond the classroom. It is clear that this group of students really embraced this approach and, when combined with their motivation, talent and grit, has produced a set of results which I am sure they can be very proud of. I know as a College we are very proud of all of them and would like to take this opportunity to thank them and the staff for all their amazing efforts throughout the year and wish those students leaving us this year all the best for the future.”
On behalf of the Governing Board at Exmouth Community College, Chair of Governors Margaret Turgoose said, “These results are very good news indeed and I am absolutely delighted for our students that they have achieved such great results this year. Exmouth has a Community College of which it can be very proud. As a Governing Board we know that good results only come from very hard work from the students and the staff together and are very grateful, as ever, to the Post-16 support team led by Mr Tanner and Miss Thomas, Heads of Department, including the Post-16 key stage co-ordinators who track the data of each individual student and put in place actions to get them back on track, and, of course, all the teachers and support staff who motivate, challenge and inspire the students every day. Well done to all!”
A Level Results are positive once again and student gains entry to Cambridge
Students and staff are celebrating some significant gains on last year’s GCSE results with many subjects and areas reporting an improvement to their rates of progress and attainment.
The number of students achieving 5 Grades 9-4 including English and Maths has risen to 60.4% which is amongst the highest rates the College has ever achieved with students achieving both English and Maths at Grade 4 or above rising to 66% despite the new more rigorous and difficult GCSE examinations.
Overall progress has improved considerably for students in English, Mathematics and, in particular, Science where the department posted great results for both separate Sciences and the Double Award Science course. These efforts resulted in a 5% increase to our overall English and Maths strong (Grade 5+) GCSE pass rate which we expect to be above both the Local Authority and National figure.
This success follows on from a really strong set of A Levels results that were posted by the College last week.
We are also pleased that subjects within the English Baccalaureate suite of subjects which includes, amongst others, Computer Science, Geography, Modern Languages and History made significantly more progress than last year.
Given the increased difficulty of the new GCSE examinations we have been particularly pleased with progress of higher ability students where approximately 20% of students in Mathematics and English achieved a Grade 7 or higher. Equally in Chemistry, Computer Science and RE approximately 5 % of the cohort achieved a Grade 9 rising to almost 20% of the Physics cohort achieving a Grade 9 which is exceptional. Many students achieved the new highest grades of 7, 8 and 9, however four students achieved only these grades, amazingly collecting 13 Grade 9s between them, which is a truly amazing effort given the level of challenge in the new GCSE courses.
Really pleasingly, the progress of students with low, middle and higher prior attainment all increased significantly from last year with the biggest improvement being seen in our students who had the lowest attainment on entry which is a fantastic achievement for them.
As ever within our very broad curriculum offer across Humanities, Expressive Arts, PE, Dance, Child Development, Media Studies, Technology, Business Studies and RE we saw stunning achievements at departmental level from 34% of students in RE achieving a Grade 7 or more to 77% of students in Dance achieving a Grade 5 or more.
The students have worked hard to achieve results like these. Students this year have had the challenge of new style more demanding GCSE exam papers across a wider range of subjects with the exam element of the qualification increasing considerably.
As a Community College we are always focussed on celebrating the success of all students whatever their ability levels and we know that for some students in this year group just sitting the exams was a major achievement of which they should be very proud.
Henrietta Miles, Assistant Principal KS4, said:
“This group of young people have been incredibly focused on achieving well. They have worked very hard and supported each other in their studies. Their results reflect the hard work they put in both in lessons and in their independent study time. I am sure they will be very grateful to their teachers who have helped them to achieve what they need and more for their future courses. As well as their hard work they were also a group of young people who showed great maturity in the respectful way they treated all those they came into contact with. They deserve very successful and fulfilled futures.”
Andy Bown, Head of Year 11, said:
They have been a delightful year group to work with over the last two years. Their excellent work ethic and dedicated approach to their studies have resulted in a really positive set of GCSE results for them. I would like to thank the staff for all their hard work and commitment. The vast majority of students will now pursue their first choice course at Post 16 level with many joining our Post-16. I hope they enjoy their celebrations and I wish them every happiness and success for the future.
Andrew Davis, Principal, said:
“I am extremely proud of these results which reflect both the amazing hard work of the students and the dedication, skill and commitment of both teaching and support staff at the College. The results represent a major step forward from last year in many areas and this is due to the determination of our Year 11 students who were an absolute credit to their school and community and the staff at the College who across the board have worked tirelessly to get the very best result for each individual student.
Alongside the outstanding Post 16 results that we posted last week, these GCSE results show again that as a school we have very talented students who are challenged, motivated and inspired by great teaching to get fantastic results and unlock their potential.
May I take this opportunity to thank both the students for all their hard work and parents and family members for all the support they have given to their child and the school during your time with us although we know many students will be returning to join our Post-16. We wish you all the best for the future.”
Margaret Turgoose, Chair of Governors, commented
“We are very pleased with this year’s results which have improved since last year and, in many areas, by a significant amount. The students have worked very hard and deserved to do well and, as always, our staff, both teachers and those who support learning, have all done a huge amount to support them”
The College is still accepting applications for A Level, BTEC and Level 2 courses for this September and if you require any further information about our Post-16 provision please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help.
Students Celebrate Great Success in their GCSE Results
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