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Our new Sixth Form Centre encourages excellent A Level results in 2016
Students at Shebbear College who have been enjoying the benefits of their new Sixth Form Centre have been rewarded with another very successful year at A Level with almost 60% of all results being graded A*-B.
The school’s very strong reputation for Mathematics was reinforced with ten out of eleven grades from A* to B.
Head Boy Ross Bennett ended his school career by securing his place to study Chemistry at Bath whilst Head Girl Abbie Selwyn has decided to follow a lifelong ambition to train as a supernanny at the prestigious Norland College. Among other notable successes were Angus Crookes who will study Physics at Exeter, Pip Mahoney with three A grades who will begin a course in International Relations with French and Chinese at Exeter and Bella Westlake who will read English at Keble College, Oxford. International student Louis Cheuk achieved two A*s and 2 As and hopes this will enable him to study Management at Warwick whilst Sparkle Ip has won a scholarship to study cello at the Royal Welsh School of Music. Max Warren and Ella Thomas have deferred their university plans and are taking up places as Gap Students in two of the top schools in Australia – Canberra Grammar and Geelong. A full list of student destinations will be published on the school’s website next week.
Headmaster Simon Weale was delighted with the results:
‘The most important thing is that our students leave us as self-assured, confident and resilient young people with the ability to learn and to live happy and productive lives. The class of 2016 more than lives up to that. I am pleased that they were also the first cohort to benefit from our new purpose built Sixth Form Centre.
Our Sixth Form programme is demanding and we only offer A Level courses which provide the rigorous preparation needed by all of our students for university and the world of work. It is just as important for us that the student who doesn’t find A Level study easy ends up with three decent passes at A Level as it is for our high fliers to get A* and A grades. In this respect the value added to these students this year is outstanding’.
GCSE Results 2016
Shebbear College’s GCSE results have struck the right note with the school’s overall GCSE pass rate (A*-C) once again comprehensively outperforming the national average by almost 20%. Already rated in the top 100 schools in the country for Music GCSE, and with a brand new music building (pictured right) about to be opened, it was no surprise that all of the Music results were graded from A*-B. If anything, the overall performance of the creative artists was even more impressive than the performing artists with nine out of thirteen candidates being awarded A*s in Art and Design. Once again there was a 100% pass rate in separate sciences with all but four of the grades being A* or A.
There were several exceptional individual performances with seven of the relatively small cohort achieving at least ten A*-A grades. Rob Temple gained nine A*s and is now well placed to follow a career in Medicine whilst Theo Crookes and Dara Tuncel were both awarded seven A*s. Ten Tor challengers and county hockey players Heather Mathews and Helen Dalton added to their already impressive CVs by gaining thirteen A*/A grades between them whilst Devon County Jazz Orchestra player Ben Parker achieved six A*s and six As. Kate Wray was the top performing girl with eleven A*/A grades and Oliver Ryder-Green also kept a clean sheet of A*s and As.
Headmaster Simon Weale commented ‘Having watched my own son cope with GCSE courses this year I am well aware that Year 11 is a time of enormous pressure on our pupils and they have all had to mature to meet the demands of the courses. We are essentially an academically non-selective school so in some cases the triumph is to gain the grades that allow pupils to begin vocational courses at College or to begin apprenticeships. Other students have shown by their results that they will be able to apply with confidence to world class universities in two years’ time. However, during their time at Shebbear I can safely say that all of our pupils have been exposed to both an ethos and a range of challenges and opportunities that will equip them for success in the outside world when that time eventually comes’.