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Mid Devon students get their GCSE results
10:53am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
MID Devon schools celebrated record-breaking GCSE results yesterday (Thursday).
In the face of tougher grade boundaries which created “exam turbulence” this year, Uffculme School, Cullompton Community College and Queen’s Community College in Crediton achieved their highest ever grades.
At Uffculme, 80% of students gained five or more A*-C grades, including English and maths, and 36 higher ability students passed at AS level in RE and additional maths.
Head teacher Lorraine Heath said: “Alongside being one of the hardest working year groups they’ve also displayed exceptional personal qualities.
“In a context of exam turbulence and rising grade boundaries these results prove the combination of talent, hard work and excellent teaching pays off.”
Students at Cullompton improved on last year’s record high with 67% gaining five A*-Cs, including English and maths.
Over one-third of them gained one or more A and A* grades with five students achieving ten A* and A grades.
Maths maintained its position in the top 5% of schools nationally with 82% gaining A*-C grades.
At Queen Elizabeth’s an estimated 63% of students gained five A*-Cs, including English and maths.
Head teacher Richard Newton Chance said the school was particularly pleased with the results in the new, tougher EBACC and was delighted to report success among the 130 students who took vocational courses.
He said: “The truth is everyone deserves congratulations who put their all into these exams and achieved so well even if they didn’t all get A*.”
Almost half othe students at Blundell’s School in Tiverton received an A*-A, compared with 21.3% nationally, and 96% of them gained more than five A*-C grades.
There were even ten youngsters at Blundells who gained A*-A grades in all their subjects.
Tiverton High School continued its run of exam success with 54% achieving five or more A-C passes, including English and maths, and 13 of the school’s most able artists gained an AS grade in the subject one year early.
Students taking science, French, religious and philosophical studies were top of the table.
One-third of Wellington School students gained eight or more A*s and As, and among them was British youth fencing champion Jade Clarke, of Plymtree, who balanced her studies with a heavy sporting schedule to gain five A*s among a string of A grades.
The national Exam Results Helpline remains open until Saturday, August 24, and students who did not gain the results they hoped for can call 0808-1008000 for free advice.
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