Outstanding A Level and BTEC results for 2019
Students at Shebbear College are celebrating some outstanding A Level and BTEC results. Most of the class of 2019 have secured places at their first choice universities and are looking forward to the next exciting stage of their lives.
A number of departments including English Literature, Philosophy and Ethics, and Psychology achieved record results, but the top performer was Art for whom five of the eight students achieved A*s. Students will now be studying a diverse range of courses across the country.
Head Girl Antonia has decided to study Economics at the prestigious University of Bocconi in Milan whilst her twin brother Alessandro will study Philosophy at Cardiff, Merryn is going to Loughborough to study Maths, Alex will undertake a Gap Year in Canada before studying Business at Lancaster and Holly is going to Leeds to learn about Fashion Marketing. Other university destinations for leavers include Exeter, Newcastle, Reading, and Bristol.
A number of students who joined Shebbear for Sixth Form from other local schools enjoyed fantastic results. Eloise, who came from Great Torrington School is going to the University of Edinburgh to study English Literature. She obtained an A* in English as did Maddie, from Okehampton College, who also achieved an A* in Art and an A in Psychology and will be studying English at the University of Nottingham. Head Boy Will, from Holsworthy Community School, achieved ABB and will be studying Coastal Engineering at Plymouth.
Headmaster Simon Weale commented ‘Shebbear has an excellent Sixth Form which gives individual attention to every student so that they can fulfil their potential. I am so pleased that these students were able to settle in so well and achieve so much. We are immensely proud of all of our Upper Sixth leavers. They leave us as confident, hard-working young people who are mindful of others. I am sure they will be successful in whatever they go on to do.’
A number of students were the first Old Shebbearians to obtain BTECs. These more vocational courses have helped to broaden the appeal of the curriculum. Will and Sione took BTECs in Sport and have been rewarded with rugby contracts from Ealing Trailfinders and scholarships to Brunel University. Lachlan achieved a Distinction in his Creative Media BTEC to add to his A* in Art and will now study Graphic Design at Reading. This autumn the school will also be offering A Level Computing for the first time.
GCSE Results 2019
Shebbear College students have enjoyed a strong set of GCSE results with pass rates amongst the non-selective intake being close to 20% above the national average. Marian was one of the top performing students in the school, not only getting a 9 in English Language, but another 9 and three 8s in her Sciences and Maths. Matthew was the top performing Mathematician, scoring not only a 9 but also an A with distinction in his Further Maths qualification. Among many other notable achievements were fourteen students who achieved a grade 8 or 9 in Art, Niall who determinedly studied for Latin on his own and achieved a grade 9, and both Camerons, who have confusingly shared the same first names and surnames throughout senior school, both achieved nine excellent passes.
Headmaster Simon Weale said ‘As is very clear from the press there has been a determined effort by the Government to make the exams more rigorous, and the whole GCSE process is now extremely pressurised and a real ordeal. It is to the great credit of our pupils that they kept things together and produced such good results. They will learn from their experience and will cope well with the demands of A Level and BTEC. Furthermore, the fact that we are not constrained by Government initiatives means we can determinedly keep a wide range of options open to our pupils at GCSE from Computer Science to such important creative subjects as Music, Drama and Art that are very popular at Shebbear’.