PICTURE SPECIAL: College GCSE record breakers!
Exmouth Community College pupils are celebrating a record breaking set of GCSE results.
A week after A Level students reached new heights, 70 per cent of pupils gained at least five A* to C grades – a record high, and continuing an upward trend from the 57 per cent rate achieved only four years ago.
The college also saw 57 per cent of pupils record five A* to C grades including English and maths – a slight drop on last year, but still the second highest ever.
The number of pupils achieving five A* to G grades also increased, to 92 per cent, and the average pupil point score increased from 390 to 410.
Head of year Andy Bown said: “These GCSE results reflect the students’ hard work and determination to succeed.
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“They have taken advantage of all the extra classes provided by staff during the holidays and on Saturday mornings, and I’m proud of their achievement.”
College principal Tony Alexander said: “This has been an extremely good year group – they’ve done a lot of things for charity, and shown excellence in sport and in performing arts.
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“The good atmosphere here this morning reflects them well – very hard working and industrious, and very pleasant.
“I think they will do very well in the future.”
Among the celebrating pupils was Megan Barnett, who achieved six A * grades.
She said: “I was so nervous when I came in today, but I did better than I expected.
“I didn’t have a life for ages because I was revising, but now I’ve got my results it was all worth it.”
Lauren Osman, who achieved four A*s and four As, said: “I did much better than I thought. I worked really hard for my exams, and I’d hoped the hard work would pay off but I didn’t expect this at all – I’m so happy!”
Melanie Ashwin, who got four A*s and four As, said: “I’m really relieved, because as I waited for results day I got more and more nervous, but I’ve done better than I expected.
“I’m staying here to do A levels, then I’m hoping to study psychology at university.”
Among the other high achievers were Oliver Brown, who got nine A*s and two As, Melissa Pawson and Michael le Guillou, who got eight A* grades, Daniela Schenk, who got seven A*s and three As, Jessica Miller and Matthew Harrison, who achieved sic A* grades, Jessie Dunn, Kirk Chapman, Sarah Collinge and Laurie Ranft who achieved five A* grades, and Emily Fowler, who achieved ten A grades and an A*.