Outstanding A Level and BTEC results for 2019
Students at Shebbear College are celebrating some outstanding A Level and BTEC results with the majority securing places at their first choice universities.
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 the 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.
A number of students were the first 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.
Excellent GCSE Results for 2019
Shebbear College students have enjoyed a strong set of GCSE results with pass rates being close to 20% above the national average in a year when these exams have been extremely rigorous under the new grading system.
Success stories include Marian, who was one of the top performing students in the school, not only gaining 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.