PICTURES: Delight for youngsters as nervous wait for GCSE results is over
Youngsters in the Westcountry are among the best performing in the country as the anxious wait for GCSE results ended up in celebration for many.
Top A or A* grades were awarded to thousands students in Devon and Cornwall against a backdrop of decline in performance across the country.
Some of the best performing students in the country were from Colyton Grammar in East Devon, where an cohort of 11 students all achieved a stunning collection of 12 A* grades.
Headteacher, Paul Evans said: "No one should underestimate the effort required to achieve high numbers of top grades across a range of subjects and the students should be very proud of what they've managed to achieve."
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Staff and students at Ivybridge Community College are also celebrating, after recording the best GCSE results in the college's history.
The college saw a huge increase in those attaining five A*-C grades (including English and Maths), jumping from 66% in 2012 to an exceptional 77% this year.
"These results are remarkable," said Ivybridge Community College principal Rob Haring, "and they are a true reward for both the hard work of our students and the high-quality teaching at the college.
Newton Abbot College entered top 10% of schools in the country for student progress.
A record 63% of students achieved the important milestone of 5+ A*-C grades in GCSE, the sixth year in which results have risen.
Principal Gareth Davies said: "We have set ourselves the target of being outstanding in everything we do and these outstanding results show that we have achieved this target at GCSE. This group of students have been a joy to teach and we look forward to welcoming them back into our Sixth Form. We will not rest on our laurels, however, and know that our GCSE results will show another significant rise in 2014."
Exeter School pupils, parents and staff are celebrating another round of consistently good GCSE results which have set two new records in excellence.
Some 46.9% of all grades were A*, beating last year's record of 46.5%, and 80.3% were A* or A grades, compared to last year's 75.5%.
Headmaster Bob Griffin said: "These outcomes are really very pleasing and augur well for our new Lower Sixth Form cohort's progress. I congratulate the pupils and their teachers for working together so successfully to achieve so much."
Across the border at Truro College around a third of its 133 students achieve ten A* or A grades or better.
The college achieved a 96% pass rate with over 99% of students gaining 5 or more passes at grades A*- C.
Over half of all grades awarded were A* or A, with nearly one third of the cohort of 133 pupils achieving 10 A*/A grades or better.
Headmaster, Andrew Gordon-Brown said "I am running out of superlatives! This academic excellence is an important part of overall human excellence. I am very proud of this multi-talented bunch of young men and women."
Officials at Cornwall Council praised young people across the Duchy who received the results.
Andrew Wallis, the Council's Cabinet member for children and young people, said the achievements were a tribute to the hard work and commitment of both students and schools in Cornwall and praised the support provided by parents and carers.
"I would like to congratulate everyone on their achievements" he said. "All our schools are committed to providing the best quality education for their students and today's results show that, once again, hard work has paid dividends."
"This is a very important time for these young people who will be making key decisions which will affect their future lives. "
Meanwhile Plymouth college achieved an overall A* to C pass rate was 84% with increasing number of students taking IGCSEs, a more rigorous qualification than normal GCSEs.
Top performers were James Douie with 11 A*s; Kevin Vandabona with 10A*s and 1 A; Harry McEleny with 9A*s and 1 A; Paul Vallis with 8A*s and 2As and Annabel Norris with 7A*s and 3As.
Additionally Kevin and Paul got A*s in A Level Maths last week, while James got an A grade.
James and Paul also got As in the Certificate in Financial Studies, which is equivalent to an AS Level, while Kevin secured a B.
"Congratulations to all our student receiving their GCSE results today," Dr Simon Wormleighton, Plymouth College headmaster said.
"James, Kevin and Paul have done extremely well gaining top grades in A Level Maths two years early on top of their remarkable GCSE results and their grades in the CeFS."
He added: "We are a non-selective school with a number of students for whom English is not their first language so this is a particularly pleasing set of results."
Results were also well received at South Devon College where students achieved a 100% pass rate across the board - including in Maths, English and Science - significantly above the national average.
"The College continues to build on its success year-on-year, with great GCSE, vocational and Foundation Degree results, following on from our outstanding 100% achievement 'A' level results last week," said college principal Stephen Criddle. "It reflects the high standards of teaching and learning available at South Devon College. I would like to pay tribute to all the staff and students who have worked so hard to achieve such outstanding results."
There was also delight at City College Plymouth today as adult GCSE students achieved an overall pass rate of 97%. A 100% pass rate was achieved for English language, history, psychology and sociology.
Phil Davies, principal at City College Plymouth, said: "I would like to congratulate our GCSE students on achieving such fantastic results. Students who study GCSEs at the College do so for a number of reasons; to re-take and gain better grades, to develop their career, and for interest as part of a lifelong learning programme."