Exmouth Community College celebrate encouraging results in ‘transitional’ year
PUBLISHED: 13:33 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:20 27 August 2017
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.
ECC students Cameron Deacon and Hayden Saxton celebrate their GCSEs. Cameron passed nearly all his subjects and is going on to study maths and physics A-levels at the college. Hayden did 'pretty good', passing in most of his subjects. He's going on to study history, maths and English language at the college. Picture: Paul Strange.
Georgia Flynn and Charlie Mears celebrate their GCSE results. Georgia got a 4 in maths, a 5 in English and passes in her other subjects. She'’s staying on at Exmouth for A-levels in biology, psychology and sociology. Charlie got a 5 in maths, English literature and language, plus a range of A-C in his other subjects. He'’s hoping to go to Exeter College to study Spanish, Biology and PE A-levels.
ECC students Adam Jenions (left) and Samuel Cox celebrate their GCSEs. Adam did ‘OK’ overall and is hoping to go on to do history A-level at the college. Samuel passed everything he wanted and is going to do a sports management course at South Dartmoor College. Picture: Paul Strange.
ECC students Erin Brealey, Lily Mock and Chloe Gosling celebrate their GCSE results. Having got ‘much better’ results than she thought, Erin will be going on to do A-levels at the college. Lily found the new GCSE grading ‘not too bad’ and got sufficient passes to go on to A-levels at the college, while Chloe got enough passes to take her on to an apprenticeship at Exeter College. Picture: Paul Strange.
James Gill, 16, from Exmouth, was ‘very happy’ with his GCSE results. He got grade 8 in maths, English language and grammar, A* in graphic design, A in biology and chemisty, an A* in physics and B in Spanish. He’s going to do maths, physics and chemisty A-levels at Exeter. 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.
ECC students Selina Heath (left) and Catherine Murdoch celebrate their GCSEs. Selina got a 5 in English Language and passed science and maths. She’s staying on at the college to do Media BTech and hopes to become a photographer. Catherine said that overall she did ‘OK’, passing most of her subjects. She hopes to continue on to Childcare at Exeter College. Picture: Paul Strange.
ECC students Thomas Doe (left) and Greg Candy celebrating their GCSE results. Thomas said: ‘It was a challenge, but I’m very happy with my results’. He’s going to do a B Tech in Engineering at Exeter. Greg said he was ‘very pleased’. He got five A*s, three A’s, two 7s and a level 9 in English Language. He’s staying on at Exmouth to do Arts, Maths and Product Design. Picture: Paul Strange.
Staff and pupils at Exmouth Community College celebrating the GCSE results. Picture: Paul Strange.
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.”