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Students rack up the A-grades
THE summer of waiting was over last week when the GCSE results were announced.
The Sir John Colfox School is celebrating excellent GCSE results again this year, said headteacher Kay Taylor.
She said: “We were very pleased with our results.
“We had been told that GCSE results were lower nationally, particularly in English, maths and science.
“While our English language results did drop slightly this year, our maths improved by 16 per cent and our science also showed a slight rise on last year.
“It is becoming increasingly difficult to prepare students for exams and predict what they are likely to achieve when there is constant change each year.”
Overall, 84 per cent of students at Colfox achieved 5 A*-C, well above the national average of 68 percent.
The 5 A*-C including English and maths, improved this year to 58 per cent, which is broadly in line with the national average.
Mrs Taylor said last year’s A*-A rate was the best the school had ever seen and this year it had stayed at the high level with some exceptional performances at the A*-A category.
She added: “Twenty three per cent of all grades were A*-A and one in five of our students achieved at least 5 A*-A grades.
“Obviously we are pleased for those with the top results, but we are equally as delighted for those students who worked so hard to achieve the grades they need to go on to college courses and apprenticeships.”
Students who did particularly well included:
Katie Neame 10A*, 3 A
Grace Crabtree 9A*, 2A, 1B
Tilly Jeune 5A*, 6A, 2B
Amy Van Zyl 6A*, 4A, 2B
Emily Donovan 2A*, 8A, 1B
Jess Brady 1A*, 9A, 2B, 1C
Tyler Hulbert 1A*, 9A, 2B
Vicky Blake 2A*, 7A, 3B, 1C l
Anya Louden 1A*, 8A, 3B
Rhys Kirkpatrick 3A*, 5A, 3B
Chelsea Smith 3A*, 5A, 4B
Harriet Hughes 2A*, 7A, 1B, 1C
Ella McGrady 2A*, 6A, 4B
Jess Hart 2A*, 6A, 3B, 1C
Rueben Higgins 2A*, 5A, 4B, 1C
Gemma Teal 1A*, 6A, 3B, 2C
Chelsea Smith 3A*, 4A, 4B
Charlotte Willmore 1A*, 6A, 3B, 1C
Beaminster School headteacher Mike Best could not have been more pleased with this year’s results – with 81 per cent of students getting five A* to C and 68 per cent of pupils attaining 5A* to C, including English and maths.
He said: “These figures speak for themselves.
“These are excellent outcomes and I am delighted to see such high levels of achievement.
“We have also bucked the national trend in relation to triple science, with 66 per cent A/A*, geography 60 per cent A/A*, history 60 per cent A/A* and modern foreign language 60 per cent gained a GCSE equivalent, together with two students who each achieved A* in Latin.
“Overall, 28 per cent of grades were at A and A* compared with a national figure of 21 per cent.
“This success reflects our inclusive approach because these figures include the outcomes of students in our specialist resourced provision and our emphasis upon the whole child.
“Students manage to produce these results at the same time as doing so much in and out of school in sport, the arts, supporting charities, activities, DofE expeditions and of course enjoying themselves as well.
“We look forward to welcoming many of our students back into the sixth form.
“The A-level outcomes this year were 100 per cent pass rate with an exceptional 59 per cent achieving A*-B grades.”
One of the happiest students at the school was Megan Clampett who gave birth to baby Tamara-May right in the middle of taking her exams.
She got Bs and Cs in science, extending science, English language and literature, maths and business studies.
Mum Jenny said: “The school have been fantastic, they have been so supportive and it just goes to prove what can be achieved even if you do have a baby.”
Megan is now going on to Yeovil College to study for her A-levels.
While the school is proud of all of its pupils these 11 top scorers all got a minimum of 10 A*s and As:
Caitlin Russell 10A*, 2A,
George Wells 9A*, 3A,
Ella Hegenbarth 7A*, 5A,
Acacia Rudd 7A*, 4A,
Joseph Arey 6A*, 5A,
Imogen McConnell 4A*, 7A,
Emma Schwier 4A*, 7A,
Ria Dunford 2A*, 9A,
David James 4A*, 6A,
Joe Pitfield 6A*, 4A
Kirsten Smith 4A*, 6A.
Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis achieved excellent results, with 83 per cent of students gaining five A*-C grades meaning the school has scored more than 80 per cent for the sixth year in a row.