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  • We will be bringing you live coverage from schools in Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester, Bridport, Lyme Regis and North Dorset.
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HUNDREDS of students from The Woodroffe School, Sir John Colfox School, and Beaminster School finally ended many weeks of waiting and anticipation as they collected their GCSE results today.

In Lyme Regis, The Woodroffe School saw this year's A* to C pass rate, including English and Maths, fall to 63 per cent, although high performing students did achieve 24 per cent of GCSE entries at A*/A. Girls performed particularly well, claiming the top ten overall results.

Dr. Richard Steward, Headteacher, praised the efforts of the students but was critical of changes to the GCSE system that allowed for an international variant to be added to the curriculum.

“It's a shame that chaos in the system means that some students did not do as well as they were expected to do but performance at Woodroffe is still well above the national average and impressive for a fully comprehensive school,” he added.

Seebra Young, 16, who achieved the highest marks in the school year with 12 A*s and an A grade, was delighted with her results. “I'm obviously very pleased but I still haven't decided what I'm going to do next year.”

Alfie Belworthy, 16, was generally pleased with three A*s, five A's and four B's, as he planned to head to college after the summer to study to become an economist. “I'm a bit fed up but overall happy because I thought I would get a C somewhere,” he said.

In 2013, 82 per cent of students at The Woodroffe School achieved 5 A*-C grades, above the national average and above 80 per cent for the sixth year in a row. The GCSE benchmark figure of five GSCE's (including English and Maths) was 69 per cent.

Sir John Colfox School scored their best ever set of GCSE results. A total of 79 per cent of students achieved 5A* to C grades with 65 per cent of students achieving 5A* to C including English and Maths.

Student Lucie Fry scooped two A* grades, five A grades and one B grade and said she was 'delighted' with her high grades in English Literature and Chemistry, which were unexpected.

Jack Tattershall received the top marks in his physics GCSE for the whole year and also got three A* grades, four A grades and one B grade.

He said: “I'm lost for words. I worked hard for my results but didn't expect this.”

Both students will continue their studies at the combined sixth form college of Sir John Colfox and Beaminster.

Headteacher Kay Taylor said: “The results are well above the national average and five per cent above the previous year.

“I'm relieved and pleased that all their hard work has paid off; I've have had sleepless nights worrying about the GCSE's this year.

“Many of our students and staff worked really hard so very well done to them.”

At Beaminster School a total of 63 per cent of students received A* to C grades.

Headteacher Mike Best said the results reflected the students' hard work. “There were lots of happy students; in almost half of the subjects taken 40 per cent of students gained A or A* grades and a staggering 78 per cent achieved A grades in GCSE Physics.”

Among the students celebrating were Robyn Edwards who scooped six A*s and four A grades and will be continuing her studies at the school's sixth form.

She said she was 'delighted' and that her grades were better than expected.

Student Josh Buxton got three B grades, five C grades and one E grade and said he was 'happy but relieved'.

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Here's our West Dorset picture gallery, featuring Beaminster, Woodroffe and Colfox schools.

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Proud parent Sarah Howard said: "A huge congratulations to India Howard of Dorchester and all her friends at Thomas Hardye School who are so happy today after receiving well deserved grades at GCSE.

"Special thanks to all the teachers who have been enthused and  encouraging since day one. Time to celebrate!"

 

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A RANGE of emotions were on display at the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy as students picked up their results.

There were tears of joy and plenty of smiles, whilst advice was also offered to those who fell short.

The Academy is part of the Chesil Education Partnership which issues a joint A*-C pass rate.

The pass rate for those attaining five A*-C grades was 66 per cent, and the pass rate for those attaining five A*-C grades, including English and Maths, was 58 percent.

Principal Alison Appleyard paid tribute to all involved.

She said: “Congratulations to all the students who have done so well and to the staff who have worked so hard.

“We look forward to the new term with so many students coming back to join us in the new sixth form.”

Plans for the Academy’s sixth form were announced last year.

Natalie Hollinshead, who picked up her GCSE results yesterday, is staying on to attend the sixth form.

She one of a number of pupils to offer feedback to what it should be like.

She said: “It’s been a good experience to be involved with the making of it.”

Natalie received seven As and two Bs. She added: “I’m very happy. I didn’t think I’d do that well.”

Meanwhile, Jordan McGuinness will be the only person studying French at AS level on Portland. He received an A in the subject at GCSE level.

He said: “It’s exciting to learn a new language and you pick up different things every time you do a lesson. I just love French.”

His teacher, Linda Bullin, said: “I’m very, very proud of Jordan. He worked extremely hard and he was only predicted a C.

“The progress he has made is amazing. The results for languages were excellent.”

Katie Mullender said she was left in shock after receiving two A*s, six As and two Bs.

She said: “I was predicted them but it’s always a bit hit and miss.

“I got an A* in art. I’m really happy.”Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

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Thomas Hardye pupils Lucy Walker, Lucy Harron and Toby Tilsed talk about their GCSE results:

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Here is our picture gallery from the GCSEs. Can you spot yourself?

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SHERBORNE Girls school is celebrating after nearly a third of exam papers achieved an A*.

Two-thirds of all GCSE papers achieved an A* or A grade and 34 percent of all candidates achieved 9 or more A*/A grades and 42 percent of girls achieved 8 or more A*/A grades.

Student Julia Routledge achieved 12 A* grades, scoring full marks in a number of her subjects including all three sciences. She was followed closely by Nicola Savage who achieved 10 A* grades. 

Headmistress Jenny Dwyer said: “Congratulations to all the girls who worked so hard to achieve these excellent results. There are some amazing individual achievements and we are extremely proud of all our students.”

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WEY VALLEY students celebrated their great results with a large number achieving As and A*s.

Headteacher at Wey Valley Phil Thomas said he was very pleased as 10 percent of students achieved four or more A*s or As.

He paid tribute to the students and staff and said the results showed all the hard work they had all put in.

Ofqual warned students earlier this month to expect big variations in GCSE grades, following changes in the system.

Mr Thomas said schools among the Chesil Education Partnership had continued to score high grades despite this.

Pass rates for the CEP students was 66 percent of students getting five or more A*-C grades and 58 percent of students got five or more A*-C grades including English and maths.

He said: “For us to have maintained that is really pleasing for the borough.

“Ofqual have said we are not compare previous results with this year’s results because the situation is very different.”

Mr Thomas said the changing context of the exam results meant that comparisons couldn’t be made.

He added: “It’s just hoping that employers and further higher education organisations recognise the impact these changes.”

Tom Hemery, 16, from Ringstead got 8 A*s, an A and a B. He is off to Thomas Hardye to do maths, further maths, computer science and physics.

He said:  "I’m very pleased with my results

"I'm looking forward to sixth form, it should be good.”

Marnie McCombe, 16, from Lodmoor got 3A*s, 6As and a B. She is going to Budmouth to study biology, chemistry, physics and Spanish.

She said: “I’m so happy and glad I can go to sixth form. I never thought I'd get an A in maths. I've never been this happy. I'll be wearing this smile all day."

Lydia Hunt, 16, from Chickerell, got 7As, 3Bs and a pass. She will be going to Weymouth College to study physics, psychology, creative writing and Spanish.

"I'm very happy, a lot of hard work went into this but I was not expecting these grades.”

Alex Jolliffe, 16, from Lodmoor got 6As, 4Bs and a C. He will be taking A Levels in biology, chemistry and maths at Budmouth.

He said: "I'm really happy."

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Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

All Saints Church of England School are celebrating their best GCSE results in four years.

The overall pass rate of students achieving 5A*-C grades, including maths and English was 63% an increase of 4% on last year’s results.

Headteacher Paul Gray said:

“Once again, the staff and governors of All Saints School congratulate our students on achieving the best results for the school in the last four years.

“We are delighted that year-on-year, increasing numbers of our students reach higher academic standards against a background of an ever-rising bar.

“The students and staff have worked flat out and I am really happy with the huge effort everyone has made.”

“We are also very pleased for the many former All Saint students who once again achieved A level grades to secure their first choice university place.”

Toby de Kretser achieved 7A*s, 4As and 3Bs he said: “I didn’t expect to get these results but I’m really happy with them.”

Octavia Kurn got 6A*s, 4As and 3Bs and is now going on to study A-Levels at Thomas Hardye Sixth Form.

She said: “I’m really pleased with my results. I tried not to have any expectations so they didn’t swing me but I’m really happy and they get me to where I want to go.”

Charlotte Allen, who has been performing in Pirates at the Pavilion this summer, was very happy with her results, she said: “I am really really happy, I’m going to do my A-Levels at Budmouth now and then I’m going to do Musical Theatre.”

Brooke Makin achieved 5As 2Bs and 1C in her GCSE results.
She said: “I'm very surprised and really happy with my results, I'm now going to go on to sixth form at Budmouth College.”


Ailsa Kelly achieved 3A*s 8As 1B and 1C, she said:
“I'm feeling pretty good about my results! I'm going to go to Thomas Hardye sixth form to study sciences and French.”

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DORCHESTER'S Thomas Hardye school pupils and staff were delighted to see another increase in the pass rate for GCSE Maths and English and an overall GCSE pass rate that was equal to last year's.

78% of students achieved grades A*-C in maths and 80% achieved grades A*-C in English, with an amazing 89% pass rate in English Literature.

The number of students achieving 5 passes at A*-C - including English and Maths - was 68%, on a par with last year's result.

10 students achieved all their passes at grade A/A* and outstanding pupils included Ada Barume, who achieved 11 A*s; Lucy Harron, who got 11 A*s and 1 A; Lucy Walker, who gained 10 A*s and 2 As; and Toby Tilsed who picked up 9 A*s, 2 As and a Distinction in ICT.

Miss Walker said: “I'm very, very happy. I revised a lot and worked hard, so I'd say you have to put in the work to get anything out of it. Now I'm just going to relax before going back to school when I'll be taking Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Geography. I hope to go into engineering after school.”

Mr Tilsed said: “I'm hoping to take Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry at A Level. I'd like to go into medicine or astrophysics after that. I'm really relieved, it was a lot of work to revise but it's worth it. I had to make some sacrifices like my social life, so now I'll just relax with friends.”

Mike Foley, Headteacher, praised students and staff, saying: “We have had an outstanding summer despite all the changes to courses, exam regulations and performance measures. Although there have been warnings about volatility in results we have maintained last year's high standards and I am particularly pleased with the outstanding outcomes in English and Maths.

“We have continued to offer a rigorous set of GCSE courses, including a modern foreign language for all, but students have responded magnificently and deserve credit for their resilience. Congratulations to the staff at Thomas Hardye and staff in our feeder schools, who have done so much to contribute to this success.”

 

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And here are some from Thomas Hardye: Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

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Headteacher at Wey Valley Phil Thomas praised students and staff for a great set of GCSE results - 10 percent of students got four or more A*s or As.

He paid tribute to the students and staff and said the results showed all the hard work they had all put in.

 

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Charlotte Allen from All Saints School opening her GCSE results.

She said: "I'm really really happy with my results. Now I'm going to do A-Levels at Budmouth College and after that I want to study Musical Theatre."

Charlotte has been performing in Pirates at the Pavilion at Weymouth Pavilion this summer.

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BLANDFORD SCHOOL is celebrating its best ever GCSE results.

The school said that for the fifth consecutive year, GCSE results have improved.  75 percent of the year group achieved five or more A*-C - an increase on 2013, and 63 percent achieved five of more A*-C including English and Maths – a jump of 12 percent.

Headteacher Sally Wilson said: “I would like to congratulate all our students who worked so hard to achieve these wonderful results. 

“I am so proud of them.  Fourteen of our students achieved 10 or more A*-A grades, which is really fantastic.  However, a number of our students should be equally proud of the progress they have made since joining us in Year 7.”

She added:  “As a comprehensive school, the value-added measure is one that we take very seriously, as it shows the significant impact we can have on students’ outcomes. 

“This year, more than ever, the Blandford School has shown itself to be a school where all students of all abilities can thrive and be successful. I would like to thank my dedicated staff for the exceptional support they have given.  Their hard work and commitment have been richly rewarded. ”  

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The schools in the Chesil Education Partnership, which includes IPACA and Budmouth College, had a pass rate of 66% for those getting five A*-C grades. The pass rate of those getting five A*-C including maths and English was 58%.

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 The proportion of GCSE exams awarded at least a C grade has risen, official figures show, amid early indications that some schools are seeing turbulence in results this year.
 Just over two thirds (68.8%) of entries scored A*-C, up 0.7 percentage points on last summer, according to statistics published by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).
 But the overall A*-G pass rate has fallen for the second year running, and is down 0.3 percentage points to 98.5% from 98.8% in 2013.
 The proportion of entries awarded the highest grade has also fallen slightly, with 6.7% gaining an A*, down from 6.8% last year.
 It is the third year in a row that this has dropped.
 The rise in A*-C grades is the first increase in three years, and comes despite massive differences in this year's English and maths results, both of which are considered key subjects.
 In total, 61.7% of English entries scored a C or higher this year, down 1.9 percentage points from last summer.
 This is believed to be the biggest drop in the qualification's history.
 Maths saw an opposite result, with 62.4% of entries gaining an A*-C grade, up a massive 4.8 percentage points on 2013.
 Exam chiefs suggested that there were several reasons for the hike in maths results, including a decision that in England, only a teenager's first attempt at an exam would count in school league tables.
 This may have meant that fewer lower-performing 15-year-olds are taking maths GCSE early, and bright students, who may have taken the qualification early in the past, are now sitting it in the summer, JCQ said.
 In recent years there had been a growing trend towards schools entering pupils for exams early, or multiple times, but the new rule has changed this, and figures published earlier this year showed around a 40% drop in early entry across all subjects.
 JCQ also said that the fall in English grades could be down to strong candidates taking advantage of a final opportunity to sit the exam last winter, and a switch by students to take an International GCSE (IGCSE) in the subject.

 

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IT was smiles and laughter all round at Budmouth College as students ripped open their results envelopes.

The college is part of the Chesil Education Partnership which issues a joint A*-C pass rate.

The pass rate for those attaining five A8-C grades was 66 percent, and the pass rate for those attaining five A*-C grades including English and maths was 58 percent.

Headteacher David Akers said the school had improved on last year and they were very happy with the results.

He said: “They are a fantastic year group that have worked very hard and brought a lot to the college.

“We have had great results across the board. We have improved on last year, with the vast majority of students coming back for sixth form.”

Mr Akers congratulated all the students on their results. He praised their work and that of the teachers.

He added: “All departments have worked very hard to get this set of results that we are very happy with.”

In particular, the English results were ‘stunning’ Mr Akers said.

Year 11 progress leader Nicky Roberts said she was ‘elated’ with the students’ results.

She said: “They are a fabulous group of young people.

“This is the fact of five years hard work for them.”

She paid tribute to the other progress leaders that had also worked with the year group as they moved through the school including: Mrs Trott, Mrs Clayton, Mr Biddle and Mr Mitchell.

Students Emily Godbold said she was ‘ecstatic’ with her 7A*s, 2As and 2Bs.

She said: “I’m really happy, I’m so ecstatic.

“I wasn’t expecting it at all. I thought I’d failed everything. It’s amazing.”

She is now going on to study Chemistry, Biology, History and English Literature at A Level and hopes to do Medicine at university.

Emma Russell got 6As, 2A*s, 2Bs and a distinction star in Art. She said she was most proud of her B grade in Maths as she said the exam was very difficult.

She said she felt ‘amazed.’

She added: “I was really nervous. But I just wanted to open the results and see.”

She will be staying on at Budmouth and studying art, biology, English literature and geography.

Charlotte Cox got 8 A*s, an A and a B. She said she was ‘over the moon.’

She said: “I’m absolutely overwhelmed.

“I’m really happy.”

Charlotte will continue her studies at Budmouth and will be doing A Levels in maths, physics, German and further maths.

She said she like maths and wanted to have a career in physics and engineering.

Rebekah Dashwood got 4 A*s, 5 As and 3 Bs.

She said she was most proud of her three A*s in science.

She said: “I’m relieved and I’m really pleased I managed to get the results I DID.”

She will be taking art, maths and psychology at A Level.

Jacob Fry got 7A*s, 5As and an A for additional maths.

He said he felt really good when he opened his results. He added: “I feel I have got the grades now to go on and do what I want to do.”

He will be studying maths, biology, chemistry and physics at A Levels and is hoping to go into medicine and one day become a brain surgeon.

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Students at Shaftesbury School are celebrating their GCSE results.

More than 63 percent of all entries getting a C or above and 52 percent of students achieving the 5A*-C including English and Maths measure.

The school said that every result from A*- G is important to them, but in particular there had been outstanding successes this year for Ed Diserens (6A*, 5A, 1B), Holly Heavingham (6A*,4A, 2B), Lydia Elphick (6A*, 3A, 2B) and Jennifer Forward-Hayter (5A*, 6A, 1B).

Mark Blackman, Headteacher of Shaftesbury School, said: “I would like to pass on my congratulations to every student achieving GCSE results this summer.

“My thanks go to the parents, who have been such a help in ensuring that their children achieve the best they are capable of, and also to the staff for their work in preparing students for their exams.

“The vast majority of students in this group will return to us in September for sixth form education. I would like to congratulate those heading off to college or who have already secured employment in these challenging times, wishing them well for the future. Our boarding students have once again performed exceptionally well and I am glad so many of them are staying with us again next year.”

He added: “Whilst this success is great, the next steps for the school will be a thorough analysis of the results, identifying areas of strength to build on the successes, and to look for areas where improvement is necessary.

“As a school we will never sit back and be complacent, we will look for the best from all our students and set ever more challenging targets for ourselves.”

 

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Good morning!

And Good Luck to everyone picking up their results today.

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4:36pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Newground says...

Is the photographer a guy, by any chance?

Photos of girls seem to outnumber those of boys by about four to one.
Is the photographer a guy, by any chance? Photos of girls seem to outnumber those of boys by about four to one. Newground
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4:55pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

I wonder why on Earth exam results have suddenly become newsworthy ??
It's true I seldom read the Ohec in the 1960s (well, we didn't have it online in those days, you see !!), but I'm sure that what you did in school was your own, PRIVATE business. Now we have Proms photo's, exam results and probably one or two other school-based *NEWS* items, too - WEIRD, I call it !!
I wonder why on Earth exam results have suddenly become newsworthy ?? It's true I seldom read the Ohec in the 1960s (well, we didn't have it online in those days, you see !!), but I'm sure that what you did in school was your own, PRIVATE business. Now we have Proms photo's, exam results and probably one or two other school-based *NEWS* items, too - WEIRD, I call it !! Harpya Orkinus
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11:20pm Thu 21 Aug 14

beckys789 says...

Harpya Orkinus, surely it is a positive thing to celebrate achievements? What better news story than that of students achieving personal goals, and celebrating responsibly at school proms, or balls? Also, I'm sure that all students featured in results or prom articles were asked for their permission before being photographed or interviewed, therefore, what you do at school is still "your own, private business".

Students are just as large a part of your community as anyone else, therefore, school related successes and other announcements are most definitely newsworthy, particularly remembering that this is a local newspaper.

Quite frankly, stop being a spoilsport.
Harpya Orkinus, surely it is a positive thing to celebrate achievements? What better news story than that of students achieving personal goals, and celebrating responsibly at school proms, or balls? Also, I'm sure that all students featured in results or prom articles were asked for their permission before being photographed or interviewed, therefore, what you do at school is still "your own, private business". Students are just as large a part of your community as anyone else, therefore, school related successes and other announcements are most definitely newsworthy, particularly remembering that this is a local newspaper. Quite frankly, stop being a spoilsport. beckys789
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12:41pm Fri 22 Aug 14

February1948 says...

Well done and congratulations to everyone. Good luck with the A levels and beyond!!
Well done and congratulations to everyone. Good luck with the A levels and beyond!! February1948
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