Exmouth Community College celebrate encouraging results in ‘transitional’ year

PUBLISHED: 13:33 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:20 27 August 2017

ECC students Chloe Lomax (left) and Millie Reynolds were pleased with their GCSE results. Chloe passed everything except for history. She'’s going to do sociology, English Literature and English Language at Exmouth and hopes to go on to university. Meanwhile Millie got everything she needed to pass, including a B in dance, which she'’s '‘really proud of'’. She’s off to Exeter College to study theatrical make-up. Picture: Paul Strange.

ECC students Chloe Lomax (left) and Millie Reynolds were pleased with their GCSE results. Chloe passed everything except for history. She'’s going to do sociology, English Literature and English Language at Exmouth and hopes to go on to university. Meanwhile Millie got everything she needed to pass, including a B in dance, which she'’s '‘really proud of'’. She’s off to Exeter College to study theatrical make-up. Picture: Paul Strange.

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Exmouth Community College students have been celebrating an encouraging range of GCSE results, with a new grading structure for English and mathematics not causing too many problems.

Retiring college principal Tony Alexander described it as a ‘transitional year’, as both students and staff got to grips with the new system for English and maths, which saw the old-style A*-E grades replaced with a numerical grading, 1-9, where 4 was the standard pass, 5 a stronger pass and 9 the top achievement.

The alphabetical grading system remained in place for all other subjects.

In all, 58 per cent of the college’s students achieved five standard passes, with 64 per cent achieving a standard pass in maths and English.

“I am really proud of these results, which reflect the hard work of the students and the dedication and commitment of my staff,” said Tony Alexander. “Despite the improvement in rigour, particularly in English and maths, I’m delighted that the students put a lot of work in. This year’s group has been our hardest working-year group. They attended all the extra classes, so they’ve worked really hard.

“Overall, with our maths and English, we’re very pleased with the high grades, we’re about the same in terms of the old judgement of five A-Cs, if you assume that 4 is the C, so despite the slightly chaotic marking scheme, we are very pleased, and I’m delighted for the children, who have really worked hard.

“And with our best-ever A-level results last week, it’s a nice way to sign out after 47 years!”

“All credit to all of the departments, particularly English and maths,” said David Turner, the college’s deputy principal. “With the new specification this year, they’ve done extremely well. We feel very pleased and there are some very good achievements from all of our students.”

Henrietta Miles, assistant principal of Key Stage 4, said: “I am so pleased that these results will allow the students to access the courses they have planned for next year. It is very important to the team at KS4 that all students are supported to achieve their best and these results show that many students did just that.”

High achievers included Greg Candy, 16, who got a level 9 in English Language, two 7s, five A*s and three As. He’s staying on at Exmouth to do art, maths and product design A-levels. He’s hoping to go to university to do a degree in design, and find a career in that area.

James Gill, 16, from Exmouth got a grade 8 in maths, grade 8s in both English language and grammar, A* in graphic design, A in biology and chemisty, an A* in physics and a B in Spanish. He’s going to be doing maths, physics and chemisty A-levels at Exeter.

Meanwhile, Thomas Doe got an A* in resistant materials, an A in history, 6 in maths and English language, 5 in English literature and a range of Bs and Cs in his other options. He’s off to do B Tech in Engineering at Exeter. “It was a challenge,” he says, “but I’m very happy with my results.

Charlie Mears, 16, from Exmouth got a 5 in maths, English language and literature, plus an A in physical education, a B in drama, a C in all sciences, C in geography and religious studies and a B in Spanish. He’s hoping to go to Exeter College next year to do A-levels in Spanish, Biology and PE.

And Georgia Flynn, 16, got a 4 in maths, a 5 in English and passes in everything else. She’s staying on at Exmouth to do A-levels in biology, psychology and sociology.

Jill Elson, college chair of govenors, said all students had worked very hard, with excellent support from its staff.

“Parents and carers have given very valuable support, which is essential to them achieving these results.”

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