Examination Results

Outstanding A-level and BTEC Results for 2020

  • 49.5% of all A-level grades were A* – A
  • 76.9% of all A-level grades were A*- B
  • 100% pass rate
  • Vast majority of pupils have secured places at their first choice of university

In a year of uncertainty, Shebbear College A-level and BTEC pupils have achieved an outstanding set of results with a pass rate of 100% and the vast majority of pupils securing places at their first choice of university. Almost 50% achieved A* – A with an impressive 77% gaining A* – B and 93% scoring A* – C.

Deputy Head Girl, Elizabeth Flaherty, achieved an incredible four A*s in English, Chemistry, Maths and Physics and has secured a place at Mansfield Colllege, University of Oxford, where she will study Theology & Religion.

“It’s been kind of stressful because you don’t really know what’s going to happen, with everything going on.” said Lizzy “I didn’t expect to get these results at all – so I’m really happy!”

Another of those to have excelled is Will Cunningham who was awarded two A*s and an A in Economics, Physics and Maths and is off to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath. Will has juggled his A-level studies with his duties as Deputy Head Boy and Captain of the Shebbear 1st XV Rugby Team so has had a busy two years!

“It’s been weird because I didn’t know what to expect.” said Will. “I was actually quite chilled out about it – I think if I had taken the exams and wasn’t sure how they had gone, I would have felt quite nervous, but I’m just really pleased! There haven’t been many sleepless nights – just the one!”

Head Girl, Jessica Biggs, achieved A* A* A in Biology, Geography and Chemistry and an A* in her EPQ and is looking forward to studying Human Geography at the University of Leeds. Meanwhile her twin brother Toby gained Distinction & Merit in Sport BTEC and Merit in Creative Media BTEC and is taking a gap year before continuing his studies – he has an unconditional offer at the University of Lincoln. The twins have gone through their entire education together so far and Jessica commented “It’s going to be so weird not being together, but we’ll still be relatively close so we’ll definitely still see each other.”

Across the board, Shebbear students are pursuing a huge range of subjects at degree level –  from Aeronautical Engineering, Economics, Business Studies, Mathematics and Geography at Russell Group Universities to studying at the Music Conservatoires – Hong Kong pupil Utor Wong will be studying Music (Viola) at the Royal Northern College of Music and Alicia Luddington will be studying Music (Pianoforte) at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

William Harding is off to the prestigious Norland College in Bath with the aim of pursuing a career as one of the first male Norland Nannies, while Charlotte Nethacott is delighted to have been awarded a bursary from the Dartington Cattle Breeding Trust to enable her to follow her dream of studying Agriculture at Harper Adams University.

“I am absolutely delighted with this year’s academic results and incredibly proud of all the Upper Sixth pupils, who have shown such positivity and resilience in an uncertain and difficult year, that was entirely unexpected at the end of their Shebbear journey” said Caroline Kirby, Head at Shebbear College. “Their A-level achievements this year are outstanding and I am so pleased that so many of our pupils have secured places at their first choice of university. We must remember too, the wealth of co-curricular activities that our pupils have also managed to fit in around their academic studies – from the Ten Tors Challenge, Duke of Edinburgh, playing in our top Sports Teams and achieving top marks in Music and LAMDA examinations. They really are an outstanding year group; it has been a pleasure to have them at Shebbear, and I wish them all the very best of luck for the next chapter of their lives as they become successful Old Shebbearians.”


Excellent GCSE Results for 2020

  • 40.4% of all Grades were 7-9  
  • 26.3% were the highest Grades 8 or 9
  • Star student Niall achieved an astonishing twelve Grade 9s with eight pupils scoring nine or more Grades 7-9

Shebbear College pupils have achieved an outstanding set of results at GCSE, despite the last 6 months being far from normal. 26.3% achieved the highest possible Grades 8 and 9 (the equivalent of an A*) with 40.4% achieving Grades 7 – 9 (A*- A) – well above the national average of 27.6% – and 63.2% achieving Grades 6 – 9 (A* – B).

Niall Alford found out this morning that he was Shebbear’s top performing student with an incredible twelve Grade 9s and one Grade 8.

“I got eleven 9s and one 8 this morning – and I took Latin a year early and got a 9 for that as well!” said Niall, who also has a passion for public speaking and plays the guitar. “I’m taking Maths, Further Maths, Physics and History A-levels in the Sixth Form here at Shebbear and my aim after that is to study Maths at Oxbridge.”

Twins Oliver and Sophie Temple both excelled with Sophie achieving seven 9s, three 8s and a 7 and Oliver gaining two 9s, five 8s and four 7s. The twins will both go on to study mainly STEM subjects at A-level.

“I’m really pleased with how I’ve done – I’ve beaten my brother so I’m happy!” said Sophie who is planning to go into Dentistry in the future, with Oliver adding “I’ve got the results I needed to study Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science at A-level so I’m really happy with that.’

Bella Richards was delighted when she opened her envelope this morning to discover that she had been awarded ten Grades 7 – 9. “I’m really pleased with how I did! I’m going to take Drama, Geography, RS and English Literature A-Levels and I am planning to become a Human Rights Lawyer in the future.” said Bella, who has also recently completed an Internship on Politics and Law.

Another to have excelled is Harrison Mitchell with four 9s, five 8s and two 7s. “I’m taking Chemistry, Biology, English Literature and Drama A-levels in the Sixth Form here and I would like to go into Medicine to be an Anaesthetist or a Pediatrician.” Harrison is also a talented Rugby player and was recently selected for the Devon U16s team so has done brilliantly juggling his sporting and academic achievements.

Shebbear students have excelled across the board, with ten departments seeing 50% of pupils gaining 7 – 9 (A*  – A) grades in their subject and thirteen subjects achieving a 100% pass rate.

“I am so proud and delighted for all of our Form 5 pupils, who thoroughly deserve their excellent GCSE results” said Mrs Kirby. “They have worked so very hard and when lock-down descended, they continued to engage remotely with their teachers in live lessons – the learning didn’t ever cease during the Trinity Term and, as a year group they are a credit to Shebbear after demonstrating such resilience during an unprecedented journey towards the end of their GCSEs. It was an absolute joy today to see so many pupils celebrating with their friends and teachers who have supported them so industriously over the last two years. They really are a talented year group and I am looking forward to seeing them flourish in the next chapter of their educational journey and beyond.”


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