Exmouth Community College students have been praised for their hard work, determination and grit in achieving ‘stunning’ A-level results.
Students and staff are celebrating achieving 33 per cent A-star to B grades, with 69 per cent of all grades being A-C. Some 96 per cent of students passed all their examinations (A-star-E).
Students sitting exams for vocational-based subjects – equivalent to A-levels – also excelled, said college staff.
Simon Tanner, assistant principal and head of post-16 said: “I am proud of these results. This has been richly deserved by students and staff who worked with focus and determination throughout the year.
“Government figures showed we achieved above the national rates of progress with our students last year, and these figures suggest we have repeated that; this will undoubtedly give our students improved life chances.
“As a result, many are going to be able to pursue fantastic opportunities – computer science, midwifery, psychology, study abroad and fine art.”
Andrew Davis, college principal, said: “This is yet another fantastic set of results for post-16 which illustrates the value we add to the educational experience of students in post-16, which not only enables them to get the grades required for their next step but also enriches, inspires and supports them as individuals during their time with us.
“We know that there are students within the cohort who had huge challenges outside college at times and are particularly proud of their success sometimes against many other difficulties.”
He added: “These results are a testament to both our Year 13 students who were fantastic ambassadors for our college throughout their time with us, as well as the staff at the college who have once again showed incredible skill, huge determination and great commitment to continually go the extra mile to support our post-16 students and help them achieve these results.
“The success of our sixth form is based on great teaching, outstanding pastoral support for each student and wider curriculum opportunities beyond the classroom.
“It is clear that this group of students really embraced this approach and, when combined with their motivation, talent and grit, has produced a set of results which I am sure they can be very proud of.”
Mr Davis said: “I know as a college we are very proud of all of them and would like to take this opportunity to thank them and the staff for all their amazing efforts throughout the year and wish those students leaving us this year all the best for the future.”
Margaret Turgoose, chair of governors at Exmouth Community College, said: “These results are excellent news and I am absolutely delighted for our students that they have achieved such great results this year which enables them to go on to the next stage of their life whatever that might be.
“Exmouth has a community college of which it can be very proud.
“As a governing board we know that good results only come from very hard work from the students and the staff working together and are very grateful, as ever, to all the staff, teaching and support, for the amount of time and effort they put into supporting our students.”