Exmouth students celebrate strong A-level results

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By ExmouthPeople | Friday, August 19, 2011, 08:15

IT MAY HAVE BEEN a damp morning but Exmouth students and staff were celebrating as strong A-Level results were announced...

Exmouth Community College achieved an improved overall A2 pass rate (A* to E) of 95%, up from last year's 93% and returning to the level of 2009, although the figures are slightly down on the national average of 97.8%. The rate of ECC students securing A to C grades has also improved to 63%, again returning to the level of two years ago. Eighteen A* grades were achieved by Year 13 students, while two Year 12 students gained an A* grade in a one-year A level.

In addition the College also gained its best-ever AS results, with a record-breaking 86% of students gaining A* to E grades, a 12% improvement on last year, while 14% of students gained A* to A grades, a huge increase. The impressive AS pass rate is being seen as "a platform for amazing results next year".

Simon Tanner, Assistant Principal and Head of Post-16, said, "I am delighted that the focus and energy the students and staff put in all year has resulted in this fantastic set of results, which will create all sorts of great opportunities both in and out of the College next year.

"The Year 13s did fantastically to pull back from a slight disappointment of last year, but the year 12s' superb results – the best we've ever had – give a platform for amazing results next year. So it's great news for everyone. It's very good this year, but actually what it suggests about next year is even better."

David Turner, Deputy Principal, 14–19, said "As a college, we started the year saying we will take pride in our work. We have certainly done that and continue to strive to reach the best possible Post-16 provision for all the young people of Exmouth. I am extremely proud of our Post-16 students, and wish all of them the very best in the future."

College Principal Tony Alexander said, "I am absolutely delighted with the improvement in results at both AS and A2 level, which is a great credit to the hard work of Post-16 students. It is a great tribute to the professionalism and dedication of the teaching staff."

Delighted students

Notable ECC students this year included Rosie Williams and Ben Askew, who both achieved two A* grades each. "I needed the results to get to Manchester to study medicine, so I'm very, very pleased," a delighted Rosie told Exmouth People.

Others who also did extremely well were Elena Holmes (A* and three A grades), Sarah Coates (three As), Mark Green, Emily Coppin-Harris and Alex Hurlock (A*, two As and a B), Esther Waistell and Rebecca Rankin (two As and two Bs), and Sam McCracken (two As and a B).

"I'm, er, quite happy!" said Elena Holmes about her A* and three A grades. "I'm going to Bristol to study English Lit. It is a huge surprise, because I thought I hadn't got the grades on some of them."

Emily Coppin-Harris was also very pleased with her A* and two As and a B. "It was more than I was hoping for," she said. "It's come as quite a surprise! I'm going to go to Bath to study pharmacy."

Mark Green hadn't quite achieved the result he thought he might but he was still delighted with his A*, two As and a B. "That's good enough to study chemistry at York, although it's not quite in the order that I expected. It's the course I wanted to do though."

No gap year

Rather than take a gap year, many ECC students were intending to go straight to university. Had the impending hike in tuition fees – due next year – influenced their decision?

"Maybe if I hadn't got in, I would have taken a gap year, and applied again," said Elena Holmes, "but the hike in fees has made a difference."

And were they concerned about the debts that they could get in to at university?

"I'm not too worried about it," said Mark Green. "It''s something that has to be done."

"It's not a massive debt like a normal debt is," says Elena. "You just regard it as a tax really."

Simon Tanner confirmed that many ECC students were keen to find university places, rather than take a gap year.

"Because of fears of the debt I think there's been a rush and people obviously want to get their places," he said. "I've been working out who's got on to their courses and most of them appear to have. If it's not their first choice, then at least they've got a safety net, and that's what you want – everybody to be getting on to the next stage. And as long as they have done, then you're happy."

AS results

The AS results were a big delight to the college staff. "It's the best we've ever had, so that's fantastic," said Simon Tanner.

In Year 12, Beth Foxton and Eleanor Williams gained an A* grade in a one-year A level as well as A grades in their AS courses. Other top AS achievers included Jacqueline Hughes (five As), Julian Ashwin, Abby Swain and Jamie Heavens (four As), Daisy O'Louglin (three As and a B), Edward Pearce (two As and two Bs) and Chris Luff (two As and a B).

Are you happy with your A-Level results and, if not, have your lecturers 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 to those who are set to receive their GCSE results next week, and have to decide on their post-16 choices.



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