Exmouth students celebrate strong GCSE results

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By ExmouthPeople | Thursday, August 25, 2011, 12:19

THEY MAY HAVE BEEN dodging the showers, but students and staff at Exmouth Community College were this morning delighted to be celebrating another good year of GCSE results...

Following on from last week's strong A-level achievements, this year's GCSE results reached a new high of 70% of students gaining five A* to C grades, slightly above the national average of 69.8%, and a big increase from ECC's 57% pass rate of four years ago.

In addition, 57% of students gained five A* to C grades, including English and Maths. This is the second highest figure in the College's history, although it was slightly down from the 59% figure achieved last year.

There have also been improvements in the average student point score, which has increased from 390 last year to 410. This, according to the college, indicates achievements across all subject areas. The five A* to G rate also improved, up from 87% to 92%

Notable students included Oliver Brown, who gained an impressive nine A* and two A grades, Melissa Pawson and Michael Le Guillou who achieved eight A* grades and Daniela Schenk who gained seven A* and three A grades. Other notable achievers were Jessica Miller and Matthew Harrison, who got six A* grades with Jessie Dunn, Megan Barnett, Kirk Chapman, Sarah Collinge and Laurie Ranft who achieved five A* grades. Meanwhile Emily Fowler gained ten straight A grades and an A*.

Andrew Bown, their Head of Year for the the past four years, said: "It's been an excellent year. The students have shown a lot of potential. A pleasing set of GCSE results is the final icing on the cake for this year's group. I'm particularly pleased with the increase of the five A* to C grades to 70%. The GCSE results reflect the students' hard work and determination to succeed. They have taken advantage of all the extra classes provided by staff during the holiday times and on Saturday mornings. This is the largest cohort to pass through the College and I am proud of their achievement. I wish all the students the very best for the future."

"This is a wonderful set of results and a testament to all the students in Year 11 who worked so hard in preparing for their GCSE exams," said David Turner, ECC's Deputy Principal, 14 to 19. "I am delighted so many students will be coming back to us for Post 16 and wish them every success for their future."

And what of the slight dip from 59% of students last year gaining five A* to C grades, including English and Maths, to this year's figure of 57%?

"It's still an excellent set of results, in line with what we predicted for this year's group," said Andrew Bown. "Both the English results and the maths results on their own are excellent. There are just a number of students who didn't get them both, which is why there's been a very slight dip in the percentage for A* to C including English and Maths."

"It's the second highest figure that we've ever had," said David Turner. "Previous to that it was in the mid-50s. Students have done fantastically well. I'm happy with the achievement... yes the figure might be down, and we've obviously got to look at the achievements across the board in more detail, but we're absolutely delighted with the results nonetheless, and we'll continue to strive to ensure that the figures rise so that more students have the opportunity for the future."

As students arrived at the College to pick up their results in their common room, shrieks and cries of excitement began to fill the air.

Melissa Pawson achieved eight A* grades and was delighted. "I wasn't expecting that many A*s," she said. "I'm really glad. It's been four years, and it's really paid off. I'm going to stay at Exmouth Community College to do A-levels, but I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet. I think most of my friends are staying here, which is good and I'm really glad."

Meanwhile Megan Barnett, who got five A* grades, was over the moon. "It wasn't what I expected... not that many A*s anyway! I'm just so surprised. It means I can do everything I want to do next year. I'm going to do chemistry, literature, geography and media. I've always wanted to be a TV presenter! It is such a surprise because A* is the best you can get, and I didn't think I was going to get that."

Emily Fowler was equally delighted with her ten straight A grades and an A*. "It's really what I hoped for, but I didn't think I'd end up with the grades," she said. "It's more than enough to get me into the A-level courses I want to do – chemistry, maths, psychology and French – which I'm going to do here. I'd love to go onto university afterwards, but I'll see how it goes."

Had it been a struggle?

"Yes, it really has. You haven't really got an idea about what it's like to do GCSEs until you start doing it, and then you're doing this and you're doing this and sometimes you're doing six different subjects, all with a deadline of within a week, but at the end of the day it's been really worth it."

Exmouth People congratulates all of today's GSCE students and wishes them well for the future.

Are you happy with your GCSE results and, if not, have your teachers jumped in and offered the support you need?

Share your results day successes and sagas, and photos of your celebrations, on Exmouth People – and tell us whether or not you think it's better to stay on at your local school after your GCSEs or go further afield to alternative colleges and start afresh.

Or did you go to a local independent school or grammar? Tell us your Results Day stories here and post your advice for those studying for next year's GCSEs.



  • Profile image for Rostow1

    Pity the results (English and Maths) have gone down when nationally they have risen. Clearly the application of an English Bac standard will revealing shortcomings in ECC's achievement.

    By Rostow1 at 21:29 on 25/08/11

  • Profile image for ExeCellent

    Well done to all of Exmouth's GCSE students! We're very proud of you! A tremendous achievement!

    By ExeCellent at 15:58 on 25/08/11

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