Another year of outstanding examination achievement for Mid Devon's young stars
STUDENTS in Mid Devon have celebrated another year of outstanding A-Level results.
Petroc College, in Tiverton, achieved a 96 per cent overall pass rate with more than 20 per cent of students receiving a top A* or A grade.
Many of the youngsters who made their way to the college this morning were overjoyed with their grades.
Lee Spurway, 22, who had chosen to return to Petroc to re-sit his A-Levels and achieved an A* and two As – more than enough to get him into Bath University to study physics.
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"I didn't expect to get an A in psychology so I'm really pleased. I'm looking forward to starting uni at the end of September," he said.
Mick Worlin was extremely proud of grandson Lee's achievements.
He said: "Lee has worked so hard. He's really put so much effort into his maths and physics and he wasn't expecting to get the A in psychology. He's put the effort in and it's nice to see that he got the rewards."
Jake Dascombe, 18, from Tiverton, also managed outstanding results with two A*s and an A.
He said: "I was hoping to get three As so I'm really pleased. I'll be going to Exeter University in September to study maths and I'm looking forward to it. It's a really good university. I wanted to stay local and I will be moving into the halls of residence."
Lauren Pincombe, 18, of Tiverton, was unsure whether she would achieve the grades she needed to achieve her ambition of becoming a vet and was pleasantly suprised.
"I'm pleased I got the two Cs I need to get me into the Royal Veterinary College in London and I'm really looking forward to starting my course. I thought it was going to be close."
Tyler Smith, 19, from Bampton, was two marks off an A* and was debating whether to pay a fee to get it remarked. But he has decided to stick with the A and will study maths at Brunel University in London.
Keith Devine, head of the school of humanities and science, said: "Next year's youngsters have certainly got a lot to live up to as Petroc students have once again shown that, when provided with high-quality teaching and support, they are capable of competing with and beating the best in Britain. The staff are extremely proud of their achievements and look forward to hearing of their exploits at the top universities up and down the country."
There were also several high achievers at Blundell's School where nine out of 10 pupils achieved A*- C grades and almost 40 per cent of all grades were between A* and A.
Head Nicola Huggett said: "This is an exciting set of results, due in no small measure to the hard work and determination of our upper six pupils. We are all very proud of them.
"To gain more than 90 per cent A* -C grades is a terrific achievement and I am thrilled the vast majority have gained their chosen university places."
A total of 14 pupils gained at least one A* and 26 pupils achieved AAB or better, from a year group of 83.
One of the top achievers was Emily Nash, 18, of Tiverton, who got three A*s.
"I didn't think I was going to do that well. I'm going to study natural sciences at the University College London, which I'm really excited about but it's definitely going to be a challenge. I've worked really hard and now I can celebrate," she said.
Sebastian Wooff, 18, from Uffculme, obtained three As.
"I got exactly what I needed to get me into York University to study history. I was really nervous this morning and I wasn't expecting that at all," he said.
Sebastian's mother, Janet, was proud of her son. She said: "We are thrilled with his results and are so proud of him. He's come up trumps since he's been at Blundell's and we are thrilled with the school."
Others achieving three As and above were Will Browne, Will Coon, Calum Findlay, Tom Golden, Natt Jungmeechoke, Tom McPherson, Bea Miles, Jianan Mo, Will Muirhead, Alec Reade, Charlotte Routledge, Lars Thode, and Josie Vos.
Students at Queen Elizabeth's, Crediton, also achieved much.
Principal Richard Newton Chance said: "We are delighted with all our students, and are pleased that A-Level results are once again impressive. The results are huge credit to all the young people who have worked so hard to achieve them, against an increasingly difficult national picture. Nationally there has been a dip in the top grades, a situation not seen at QE."
Top achievers included Dominic Jacques with three A* grades and an A in his extended project. Susannah McLaren did four full A2 subjects, and achieved two A* grades and two A grades. Laura Parnell achieved two A* and a C in her A2s and as well as an A* in her extended project. Lucy Harris achieved 3 A grades and two B grades and is off to Manchester to study physics.