Sidmouth College students are celebrating today after an ‘exceptional year’ for GCSE results – the best ever for the school since the exams were reformed.
The college reports a large number of students achieving higher grades, saying ‘there is a lot to celebrate’.
Harriet Wardrop achieved outstanding GCSE results – a Grade 9 in all 10 subjects.
“We are really pleased that Harriet will be continuing her studies with us at Sixth Form,” said the college.
Ryan Traviss, Emily Hadfield and Anya Hawtin both achieved seven Grade 9s, two Grade 8s and a Grade 7.
Jes Barriball achieved 5 Grade 9s, 4 Grade 8s and a Grade 6.
Will Bond, Jess Truman and Max Lomas achieved 4 GCSE Grade 9s.
The college said in a statement: “A huge congratulations to all our Year 11 students on an incredible set of results. These results are the best that the college has ever had since the GCSE reforms and the introduction of new progress measures.
“An astonishing 64 Grade 9s were achieved across 17 students. We have excelled as a school with a progress figure of +0.21 which means that students have, on average, exceeded above their target grades.
“These results are the combination of not only the commitment and dedication of a group of incredible students, but also of the staff and parents who have supported them over the last five years.”
The college said it is ‘proud of this fantastic year group’, saying ‘they have shown an exemplary work ethic, a real thirst for knowledge and have been striving for continual improvement throughout their year’.
GCSE results: ‘students take on the challenge’
Principal Sarah Parsons said: “We have raised expectations this year and we have seen students take on the challenge. The outcome of this is now we are celebrating the best results at the college.
“One of the changes this year has been the introduction of the new Year 11 achievement role carried out by Mr Ingham-Hill. Students embraced the rigour that this new role placed on them; the work of Mr Ingham- Hill has been pivotal in the results that students have achieved.
“I would like to wish all our students continued success in the future and I am looking forward to welcoming many of our Year 11 students back in September into our Sixth Form.”
Mrs parsons added: “I would like to take this opportunity as my first year as Principal at Sidmouth College ends to reflect on what an incredible year we have had. Today is about our amazing students and their fantastic success, but it is also a chance to thank all the wonderful staff at the college who have worked not only tirelessly but so positively over this year.
“I would also like to thank the community for their continued support of the young people and the future of Sidmouth. We are set up for an exciting year ahead, as we welcome our biggest intake into Year 7 we will be able to start the year off by sharing with them the fantastic achievements of our Year 11 and Year 13 students as well as looking forward to our new facilities opening in September 2020, the future is bright.”