Exmouth Community College students put their all into their GCSE exams with many studying at the Gipsy Lane site during weekends, holidays and evenings.
Their hard work paid off – overall, the college said it was ‘very pleased’ with the results across all subjects with 70 per cent of students achieving at least one grade above Grade 4 and seven per cent achieving at least one Grade 8 or 9 which equates to a ‘huge’ 199 Grade 8 or 9 results (equivalent to A** and A*) for ECC students.
The college said some students worked ‘so hard’ – many stood out for their exceptional performance, others for working through adverse issues to succeed.
Some 13 students achieved the highest grades of 7, 8 and 9 in all their subjects which, ECC said, ‘shows remarkable dedication’ across a wide range of subjects.
Exmouth Community College (ECC) praised students, staff and parents for working together to prepare for exams.
The college said the support of parents over the last five years was ‘greatly appreciated’.
An ECC spokesperson said: “Students attended extra classes and came into college at weekends, evenings and holidays to improve their confidence about exams.
“On some Saturdays, parents and carers even joined their children so they knew how to support their child.”
The college said English and Maths once again produced good results with 16 per cent of students achieving a Grade 7 or higher in English Literature (previously grades A* – A) and almost 70 per cent of students achieving a standard pass in Maths (previously grade C and above).
Some subjects also managed to have more than 30 per cent of students achieving the highest grades of 7, 8 and 9 – namely Biology, Electronics, RE, Graphics and Spanish.
The college congratulated every single one of its students on their achievements.
Andrew Davis, ECC principal, said: “We are exceptionally proud of the students from Year 11 and that the levels of effort and commitment many of them showed has paid off for them in their final results.
“We look forward to many of the students returning to study with us, post-16, in September, particularly given the great results post-16 achieved last week.
“And for those students that aren’t, we wish them all the best for their future.”
He added: “May I take this opportunity to thank all of the staff, both teaching and non-teaching colleagues, who once again did their upmost to achieve the very best results possible for each individual child in their care.”
Henrietta Miles, ECC assistant principal Key Stage Four, said: “I am so pleased that students who have worked so hard will be able to access the courses they have planned for next year.
“It is very important to the team at key stage four that all students are supported to achieve their best and these results show that many students did just that.”
Ben Findel-Hawkins, ECC head of Year 11 said: “There are some amazing individual achievements in these results and I am so pleased that the hard work that students and staff have put in over the last two years has paid off in so many cases”
Margaret Turgoose, ECC chair of governors, said “It’s so good to see that our students have achieved some great results in their GCSEs this year.
“These results, combined with our A-level results last week, demonstrate yet again that 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 together and our college is fortunate to have a very dedicated group of staff who provide huge amounts of support and inspiration to our students every day.”