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- Thousands expected to pick up their GCSE results
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STUDENTS at Taunton Academy have achieved strongly improved results in their GCSE and record A-level grades this year.
GCSE results improved by 6% for 5+ A*-C including English and Mathematics compared to the 2013 results. Notably, the English grade C+ improved by 13% which bucks the national downward trend, and Mathematics maintained its 2013 C+ figure.
Students secured a 100% pass rate in their A Level results, based on Level 3 courses, for the second year running since the opening of the Sixth Form. 84% attained 3 substantive Level 3 courses.
Students who attained outstanding results include:
- (number of A*-C grades achieved).
- Sam Booth achieved (12)
- Georgina Callun (12)
- Lydia Clinchant (14)
- Laura Cooper (11)
- Thomas Deacon (11)
- Ainsley Fisher (11.5)
- James Fouracre (12)
- Emily Huggins (11)
- Katie Jones (14)
- George Mannu (12)
- Libby McCaskey (11)
- Natasha Philpott (13)
- Charmaine Pilley (11)
- Alice Prosser-Powell (12)
- Ben Salter (12)
- Casey Sinclair (11)
- Ellie Slawin (12)
- Natasha Snow (12)
- Edward Wall (11)
The following students achieved high Level 3 (A Level) results:
- (D = Distinction, M = Merit)
- Jamie-Lee Curtis (D*, D*, D*)
- Thomas Harris (D, D, M)
- Bethany Shoemark (D, D, M)
Principal, Mark Trusson, commented: “This is a strongly improved set of GCSE results and good Level 3 results.
"They are well deserved since the teaching staff and students have really embraced the improvements at the school since moving into our new buildings in September 2013.”
“I am delighted for those students who worked so hard and achieved results that will enable them to move into Post 16 and Higher Education courses of their choice.
"We wish them every success in the next phase of their lives. Well done and good luck.”
Vice Chair of Governors, Peter Avery, commented: “The GCSE results are a step in the right direction and show that new teachers and new systems are improving the experience of pupils at the Academy and I am optimistic that next year’s results will be even better.
"The achievements of our Sixth Form students demonstrate that the Academy was right to focus its efforts on a small number of advanced level courses.”
FOR the second year running Court Fields students have smashed previous standards with 65% achieving 5 x A*-C including English and Maths, an impressive 8% rise on 2013.
Record numbers of students achieved the highest grades A*/A with some students awarded 100% in particular exam papers.
Headteacher Rachael Bennett said “It was wonderful to see our students celebrating their success and excited about starting College.
Their excellent results will give them greater confidence in their next steps into further education”.
Most subjects across the curriculum saw significant rises in the number of students achieving the top grades.
100% of the Triple Scientists achieved A*-C grades with 56% successfully securing an A*/A.
Geography students smashed the national averages with 74% achieving A*-C and 29% gaining an A*/A.
Ms Bennett added “We are committed to ensuring that every child is successful at Court Fields and achieves outstanding progress in the 5 years they are with us”.
Huish Episcopi Academy students and staff are celebrating great GCSE results which will place them amongst the highest achieving schools in Somerset.
Our headline rate of five A*-C grades has increased by a huge 9% to 77.7% A*-C compared to the national figure for the UK of 68.8%, while the Academy has seen an even bigger 10% increase in the number of students achieving five A*-C grades, including English and Mathematics, with this measure now standing at 70%. (This is 10% higher than the national figure for last year)
Our English Baccalaureate results, which are made up of results from English, Mathematics, Science, Languages and Humanities, have also increased by over 5% to 40% and again ensures Huish Episcopi is one of the top performing schools in Somerset within these more academic subjects which are often recognised as the basis for entry to Britain’s best universities.
The percentage of students achieving an A* or A grade has also increased considerably with 61% of students gaining at least one top grade.
This represents an increase of almost 7% on 2013. In addition over a third of the cohort achieved three A* or A grades and amazingly almost a quarter of students achieved five A* or A grades.
Astonishingly thirty five students achieved eight or more A* or A grades including;
Annabel Maidment 14 A* grades and an A grade
Lily Pollock 12 A* grades, 3 A grades and a Distinction
Jacob Girling 10 A* grades, 3 A grades, a B grade and a Distinction
Corinne Oulds 10 A* grades, 5 A grades
Amelia Noonan 11 A* grades, 4 A grades and a Distinction
Samuel French 9 A* grades, 4 A grades, a B grade and Distinction Star
Emma Harris 8 A* grades, 4 A grades and two B grades
Matthew Zagni 6 A* grades, 7 A grades and a B grade
Dominic Blackledge 6 A* grades, 5 A grades and two B grades
Isabelle Schofield 6 A* grades, 4 A grades and 2 B grades
Sophie Towell 5 A* grades, 7 A grades and a B grade
While these are undoubtedly fantastic achievements we also recognise the success of all of our students many of whom will have worked exceptionally hard to secure the excellent results that this fantastic year group have achieved.
The hard work from students of all abilities across the year group is seen in the brilliant progress made by students.
In both English and Mathematics students have greatly exceeded national levels of “expected progress” and “beyond expected progress”. Both English and Mathematics achieved 78% A*-C pass rates with 22% of students achieving top A* or A grades in English and 31% achieving top A* or A grades in Mathematics.
Many subjects have seen large increases this year in their A*-C rates with Physics, Chemistry and Biology all achieving 100% A*-C rates, Computing achieving 86.2 % A*-C, Geography achieving 83.8% A*-C and Child Development at 85% A*-C.
Expressive Arts have once again excelled with Drama achieving a 93.8% A*-C rate, Music a 100% A*-C rate and Art achieving 91.6% A*-C.
Exceptional numbers of A* and A grades were seen within many subjects, including Biology and Chemistry, where over 60% of students achieved A* or A grades; Physics, Citizenship and Art where over 50% of students achieved A* or A grades and Spanish Mathematics, History, Geography and Drama where over 30% of students achieved an A or A*.
In our vocational subjects a similar high performance was seen with a massive 91% of students achieving an A* equivalent grade in BTEC Sport and 25% of students following BTEC Music Technology receiving an A* or A grade equivalent.
Both subjects also received 100% pass rates.
Principal Andrew Davis commented, “These results are a testament to the hard work, commitment and dedication of our students who are undoubtedly the best students I have ever had the pleasure to work with.
"They are incredibly well taught and supported by the fantastic team of staff, both non-teaching staff and teaching, we are fortunate to have working at Huish Episcopi Academy.
"Given the national picture of exams becoming more challenging we are delighted with the huge increases in performance that we have seen across the board for our students and look forward to teaching many of these Year 11 students in Huish Sixth where I am sure they will continue to flourish.
"My thanks once again to all the students, staff and parents who have made these fantastic results possible. We are all very proud of what these students achieved.”
THE summer of success for Taunton School has continued with excellent performances in London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) exams.
The school had 15 students taking Grades 6-8, all of whom passed with some great personal successes.
Amrita Patel - the school's top performing GCSE student - also managed to gain a merit in her Grade 8.
Taunton School also had several distinctions in Year 9 and its highest-ever solo Grade 8 Acting mark of 90 per cent for Heidi Parsons.
Next year, Taunton School has its biggest cohort of students taking Speech and Drama, more than 45.
Headmaster, Dr John Newton, said: "These exams add real value to students' personal statements, regardless of any additional UCAS points gained."
STUDENTS, parents and staff at Mark College are celebrating together following today’s excellent GCSE results.
Year 11 students at the College, which is a specialist residential school for boys and girls aged ten to 19 with specific learning difficulties, achieved a 100% pass rate for the minimum of four GCSEs, 67% achieved seven or more and 33% achieved five or more A* to C grades. Five year ten students took GCSE science early with a 100% pass rate and 80% achieved Grade C or above.
Chris Sweeney, principal at Mark College, said: “At Priory, we do everything we can to maximise the potential of our young people with special and complex needs.
"These achievements show that with a supportive environment and a structured teaching and individualised learning programme, our young people can be supported to achieve and go on to lead happy, meaningful and fulfilled lives.
"We are immensely proud of what they have achieved.”
DESPITE the “significant volatility” reported in the national press students at The King Alfred School are, for the fourth consecutive year, celebrating impressive results with 54% achieving the headline figure of five or more GCSE grades at C grade or above including English and maths.
A big congratulations went to eight high-flying students who exceeded their target grades; Evie Andrews (13 grades above target), Natalya Peach (11) Mark Gumble (ten), Luke Prior (nine), Alex Hazelton (eight), Alex Dermanis (seven), Joshua Field (seven) and David Dickson-Bell (six).
Seventeen students managed to achieve six or more of the highest grades A*, As and distinction; which were Alex Dermanis, Amy Rickwood, Evie Andrews, Jessica Pelling, Sophie Daymond-Heuze, Ben O’Halloran, Gemma Dade, Thrinayani Ramakrishnan, Sam Richards, Rory Edwards, Andrew Duncan, Emily Cook, Charlie Hughes, Julia Hale, Emily Bailey, Elizabeth Clark and Rory Shadbolt.
Andy Owen, head teacher at King Alfred, said “Without any question the changes made by the Secretary of State for Education nationally to make certain GCSE subjects harder and the punitive discounting rules for early entry have significantly impacted on the school. However, we continue to base our entry policy on what we believe is in the best interest of our students and not league table performance.
“We are delighted with these results which reflect the hard work and outstanding commitment of our Year 11 students. I’d like to thank our parents, our staff and our partner primary schools that all play such an important role in the education of our young people.”
WE hope you're all really pleased with your results and have fun celebrating this evening.
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IT WAS yet another great year for Bridgwater College Academy as they continued to go from strength to strength gaining record breaking results for the percentage of students gaining important qualifications, including GCSE English and maths.
A few Individuals with particularly outstanding performances stood out; Emily Webber achieved eight A*s and eight As, Amy Bowditch achieved four A*s and six As, Dan Glover got seven As and six Bs and Matt Iles topped of a group of highly-talented pupils with five A*s and six As.
Jack Hoare said: “I feel I did well, I didn’t do brilliantly but I’m happy with what I’ve got. I’m off to college soon to study uniform public services and hope to be a paramedic.”
Brittany Frampton, who still had her envelope tightly sealed, said: “My parents are at work; my dad doesn’t get in until 12 so I thought it would be nice to open them when they’ve got home.”
Angela Cummings, admin team leader, said: “The staff and governors of Bridgwater College Academy would like to congratulate all of the students in year 11 who achieved such outstanding examination results this summer.”
Peter Elliot, executive head teacher, said: “These are the best results the Academy has ever achieved. We are extremely proud of all the students who were so dedicated to achieving their best and who are now moving on to study at Bridgwater College.”
HAYGROVE School celebrated excellent exam results again this year with 78% of students obtaining five or more GCSEs at A* to C grade and a massive 71% achieving the government’s gold standard of five or more A* to C GCSEs including English and maths.
Nearly 20% of all grades awarded at the school were either an A or A* and the English department were especially proud to see that 91% of students achieved a grade C or higher in English Language and 74% secured a highly-prized grade C or above in mathematics.
Nine students achieved exceptional results, Jessica Kemmish, Olivia Laycock, Rory Macgregor, Daisy Matthews, Georgie Rose, Fred Shirley, Chloe Tozer, Eleanor Watkins and Peter Edmunds each gained ten GCSEs at grade A or A*.
Fred Shirley was awarded eight A* grades making him the school’s top performing boy, whilst Jess Kemmish and Rebecca Brown share the honour of being Haygrove’s top performing girls having each achieved seven A*s each.
Lynne O’Halloran, marketing officer at Haygrove, said: “Haygrove School is committed to ensuring all its students receive the support they need to succeed, and the results achieved by those students requiring additional assistance during their time at school bears this out.
“The majority of foundation learners exceeded their targets and between them obtained over 20 top GCSE grades, whilst many of those who worked with the school’s Learning Support Team secured the qualifications they need to continue to further education, with 30% achieving the benchmark of five or more GCSEs at grade C or above.
“This level of achievement means that the overwhelming majority of Haygrove students leave secondary school armed with qualifications that will prepare them well for their future at college, as an apprentice or in employment.”
Mrs Canham, head teacher at Haygrove, said: “At the end of a year that has seen so many changes to assessment arrangements; I am delighted that students and staff have been so richly rewarded for their hard work and perseverance.
"I am so proud of them at this very exciting stage of their lives as they move on to further education, well-equipped to fulfil their ambitions and their potential.”
KINGSMEAD School GCSE 'graduates', James Flavell, Charlie Baker, Tom Wheadon, Chris Clavey and Thea Banks.
front Maddy Bruce, Eliza Weetch
STUDENTS at Kingsmead exceeded their demanding targets to achieve excellent results today.
Overall, 64% of them achieved more than five A* to Cs including English and Maths.
This places the school in the top 25% of schools nationally for progress made by students.
Students who did particularly well include:
Lucy Ayres: 2A*s, 9As
Monica Bennett: 3A*s, 8As
Isabella Burns: 9As, 1B
Lucy Byrne: 6A*s, 4As
Oliver Eyres: 9As, 1B, 1C
Charles Farrelly: 6.5A, 3Bs, 1C
Freya Holmans-Price: 2A*s and 8As
Joe Leach: 3A*s, 6As, 1.5 Bs
Callum Portman-Ross: 6As, 5Bs
Nicole Wallace: 3A*s, 6As, 2.5Bs
Eliza Weetch: 5A*s, 5As
Headteacher Mark Griffin commented: "This is a truly excellent set of results and is testament to the hard work, dedication and professionalism of staff at the school.
"Students have worked very hard indeed and with support from parents many have exceeded all expectations.
"They deserve their success and we are extremely proud of them all."
KINGSMEAD School pupils Laura Ward and Monica Bennett were over the moon after picking up their GCSE results today:
STUDENTS at Bishop Fox’s School continued its tradition of bettering the previous year group’s GCSE results last Thursday (August 21).
The class of 2014 set a new record for the school with 71 per cent of them achieving the gold standard of five or more A* to C grades at GCSE including English and maths.
Over 86 per cent of students achieved an A* to C grade in English whilst in maths the figure was 73 per cent.
Results in science, PE and geography were up on previous years with the number of A* to C grades topping 80 per cent in each subject.
Lucy Gratland, 16, was over the moon when she opened her results. She said: “I’m very happy because I’ve got the grades that I was hoping for and it’s what I needed to go to college.”
Next month Lucy will start her A-levels at Richard Huish College and then hopes to go to university to geography or music.
Head teacher Paul Scutt said: “This year the school has posted its best ever examination results.
“This evidence of continuous improvement is a phenomenal achievement and I am delighted for the very many students and staff who worked so hard to achieve impressive grades.
“I cannot thank my staff enough for their commitment and we wish every one of our students every success in their future career paths.”
PUPILS at Queen’s College were ecstatic after getting their GCSE results last Thursday (August 21).
This year 20 students achieved nine or more A*s and As including Matthew Brown, Rebecca Handford, Milo Kite, Georgie Longbottom and Charles Ling.
Half of all exam papers sat by Queen’s students were graded as an A* or A and more than 20 per cent were A*s.
Headmaster, Chris Alcock said: “Many congratulations to all our pupils who worked so hard to achieve these impressive results.
“If, as seems likely, A-levels become linear, overall performance at GCSE will be critical in gaining places at the top Russell Group universities.
“Not only have our pupils fulfilled their potential academically but they have also achieved significantly in a wide range of co-curricular activities which has enhanced their all-round education.
“My thanks to all the staff for all they do on behalf of the pupils.”
QUEEN'S students Jared Wedge-Thomas, Joe Shepherd, Sarah Mudge, Charlie White, Alice Benham and James Winter with their GCSE results
BRYMORE School were “proud” to report 63% of its hard-working students gained five A* to C grades in this year’s GCSE results.
Despite being the lowest ability intake on entry, the Brymore boys matched last year's results in English and maths, with 74% making three levels progress or more in English and 58% gaining three levels of progress or more in maths. English results look set to be in the top 4% of schools nationally for progress for the third year running. While KS2 results indicated that the highest grades would be C grades, in fact, 15% of the boys achieved B grades and 10% achieved As and A*s.
Star pupils included Kieran Duru for achieving an A* in English and Nick Bretherton, Charlie Coleman and Richard Warwick, who achieved A grades, with Charlie making six levels of progress to achieve this. Similarly, Chris Harris made five levels of progress in both English and maths to achieve a B and A grade respectively.
Ash Alom, Adam Warren and Tom Vining both made five levels of progress to achieve B grades in English, alongside Luc Welch and Tod Purcell.
Results in other areas were also in line with last year’s as the science department ran the highly rigorous NQF qualification for the first time this year and was pleased to report a 100% pass rate. Core GCSE science results were 5% above target at 40% and horticulture results have soared in the last two years; reaching a record 94% pass rate.
Agriculture has maintained its high success rate with 90% of students achieving pass and beyond. Progress measures in both subjects were astronomical, with several boys making six or seven levels of progress to achieve these grades.
The design technology department maintained its position as one of the highest performing departments in Somerset, with 73% of students achieving C grade or above. In addition, 18% of students achieved a distinction in agriculture and 25% of students achieved a distinction in horticulture; proving their ability to perform well in these subjects.
Vicky Davis, deputy head at Brymore, said: “Congratulations to the Brymore boys of 2014. Once again, our boys have proven that with hard work and diligence, they can achieve beyond expectations.
“Our thanks go to all the dedicated staff at Brymore who worked tirelessly with the boys, both in and out of school, to ensure their success. Once again, well done boys; we wish you every success in the future.”
WELLINGTON School pupils are celebrating GCSE results.
25% of GCSE grades at Wellington School were awarded the top A* grade this year with almost a quarter of the pupils gaining 8 or more A*-A grades.
Incoming Headmaster, Henry Price, said: “I am delighted with the results overall and offer my congratulations to all the pupils.
"They should be proud not only of the results they have achieved, but the progress they have made and I look forward to seeing them go from strength to strength as they enter the Sixth Form."
“I would also like to thank the members of staff who have worked so hard to encourage the pupils throughout the year. With so many pupils achieving high grades, it is easy to focus on the headlines, but a great deal of care and expertise has been invested in the year group as a whole.”
STUDENTS at Chilton Trinity were jumping for joy after the school achieved another record-breaking set of GCSE results.
An impressive 67% of students achieved A* to C in maths, representing a huge jump of 21% since 2011 and 71% achieved the same grades in English, which means the school has the highest ever level of GCSE results in their core subjects.
In addition, some 55% of students passed with GCSEs at grades A* to C including both English and maths; a 1% rise on last year despite changes to exam measurements by the Government.
Among the dozens of individual student success stories include year ten student Lydia Bown who achieved an A* in extended project at AS-level two years early.
Some 97% of GCSE drama students and 96% of RS students achieved a grade C or higher; exceeding the school's targets.
Lesley Greenway, head teacher at Chilton Trinity, said: "This is wonderful news for all concerned. Well done to students, staff, parents, governors and our feeder schools.
"We are particularly delighted at the consistent superb results in our core subjects of English and maths."
One of the school’s star pupils, Matilda Gould, who also won this year’s Chilton Battle of the Bands, said: “I got two A*s, four As, one B and one distinction. I’m a bit disappointed with the B but I’m still happy about the rest.”
Joe Taylor said: “I’ve done quite well and got the results that I wanted.”
Georgia Parker said: “I got an A in drama and all the rest were B grades so I’m really happy with my results.”
A GLOWING statement from Brymore Academy in Cannington:
"Congratulations to the Brymore boys of 2014! Once again, our boys have proven that with hard work and diligence, they can achieve beyond expectations.
"We are proud to report that 63% of students gained 5A*-Cs and this is a reflection of the commitment they have shown at Brymore.
"The boys battled innumerable odds, despite being the lowest ability intake on entry, to match last year's results in English and Maths, with 74% making 3 levels progress or more in English and 58% gaining 3 levels of progress or more in Maths.
"English results look set to be in the top 4% of schools nationally for progress for the third year running.
"While KS2 results indicated that the highest grades would be C grades, in fact, 15% of the boys achieved B grades and 10% achieved As and A*s.
"Particular congratulations go to Kieran Duru for A* in English and Nick Bretherton, Charlie Coleman and Richard Warwick, who achieved A grades, with Charlie making 6 levels of progress to achieve this.
"Similarly, Chris Harris made 5 levels of progress in both English and Maths to achieve a B and A grade respectively.
"Ash Alom, Adam Warren and Tom Vining both made 5 levels of progress to achieve B grades in English, alongside Luc Welch and Tod Purcell.
"Again, our boys have surpassed themselves and have proven that there is no ceiling to achievement, provided you set your mind to it.
"Results in other areas were also outstanding, in line with last year.
"The Science Department ran the highly rigorous NQF qualification for the first time this year and are pleased to report 100% pass rate.
"Meanwhile, core GCSE Science results were 5% above target, at 40%.
"Horticulture results have soared in the last two years, to reach a record 94% pass rate.
"Agriculture has maintained its high success rate with 90% of students achieving pass and beyond.
"Progress measures in both subjects were astronomical, with several boys making 6 or 7 levels of progress to achieve these grades.
"Meanwhile, Design Technology looks set to maintain its position as one of the highest performing departments in Somerset, with 73% of students achieving C grade or above.
"In addition, 18% of students achieved a distinction (A* equivalent) in agriculture and 25% of students achieved a distinction in Horticulture; proving their ability to perform well in these subjects.
"Our thanks go to all the dedicated staff at Brymore who have worked tirelessly with the boys, both in and out of school, to ensure their success.
"Once again, well done boys! We wish you every success in the future."
BRYMORE School near Cannington pictured with their shiny set of GCSEs:
EMILY Herbert has just been to Bishop Fox's School to collect her results. She achieved 1A*, 5As and 3Bs.
She said: "I did really well which is a relief because I put in a lot of hard work.
"I'm going to A-levels in chemistry, biology, geography and maths at Richard Huish College. After that I'd like to become a dental officer in the Royal Navy."
FRIENDS Henry Cole and James Crocker who achieved strong GCSE results at King's College Taunton.
Henry got 7 A*s and 3 As and James got 8 A*s and 2 As. Both are staying on to take their A levels at King's.
KING'S pupils Grace Murray, Henry Biggs and James Crocker were among those who achieved 10 or more A* and A grades.
BISHOP Fox's Coummunity School students Tianna Govier, Coryn Howse and Georgia Bishop are all ecstatic after opening their GSCE results.
KING'S College Taunton's GCSE stars: Amy Todd, Louis Wood, India Bannister, James Crocker, Henry Cole, Grace Murray, Caitlin Everitt, Duncan McLeod, Sam Sprague, Olivia Hake, Hamish Urquhart, Jack Lavender and Ben Buckley.
KEZ Paget and Joe Steward are two more Queen's College pupils to find how they did in their GCSEs.
Kez said: "I'm very proud of myself because I passed things that I didn't think I would pass!"
She got 2As, 2Bs and 2Cs whilst her friend and fellow student Joe earnt himself 3As, 5Bs and 1C.
"I'm definitely happy and I did fairly well," said Joe. "I'm going to do my A-levels here and then I might take a gap year before going to uni."
ROBERT Blake Science College has congratulated its year 11 students for their successful exam results – with 48% of them gaining five or more A* to C grades.
The college also saw 98% of its students achieve five or more A* to G grades and a 5% increase in A* to C grades in English and maths compared to last year.
Mr Rob Gammon, head teacher at Robert Blake, said: "We are up on last year's results and we are really pleased of our students.
"This was a fantastic year group with an excellent attitude and we are very proud of them.
"These results now allow the students to take the next step in education or training."
Chloe Gibbs (pictured) said: "I got an A* in English Language and an A in English Literature.
"I got my predicted grades but I did a lot better in English then I thought I would."
Karen Gibbs, Chloe's mum, said: "I'm delighted with Chloe's results; she has worked really hard and revised a lot.
"She was telling me about all these things she thought she'd missed in her exams all the way here but she's done really well.
"We're off out for a meal later to celebrate with the family."
Chloe will be heading off to Bridgwater College to study biology, psychology and geography in September.
WEST Somerset College students are celebrating again this week after GCSE results were released earlier today.
High performing students included Tobias Carroll, who achieved five A*s, Ellen McNeill and Sophie Aspey both achieved four A*s, whilst Gemma Howell, Shannon Collings and Tori Andrews all picked up three A*s.
Other top achievers included Abbie Elliot, Glenn Paget Cobb, Sol Pilcher, Elliot Scott and Alexander Wilmoth.
Mia Smith was awarded two A* grades, 11 A grades and 1 B grade, she said: “I’m really happy with my grades.
“I’m staying on at the college and will do my A-levels in maths, further maths, business and science.
“I have to go to work today, but I might go out and celebrate later on.”
Chloe Puttock received her results of one A* and nine As. She said: “It’s really good that I’ve got the grades, I can go to sixth form and study now.”
Pupils receiving A grades included Edward Doughty, Ellie Griffin, Rosie Chamberlain, Molly Wells and Jessica Francis.
Kai Usher got two As in art and history and Bs in English, biology and business, he said: “I’m ecstatic; I thought I was going to fail English.
“I’m going to Richard Huish to study business, economics, psychology and history.”
Principle Gaynor Comber said: “2014 has proven to be a challenging year for the College GCSE results with 38% A*-C, including English and maths grades gained at this time.
“35% of students have achieved an A or A* grade and 95% of students in the year achieved an A* to C grade across all subjects.
“We have also reduced, for the third year running, the gap between the achievement of students in receipt of pupil premium and those who are not, which is a significant achievement.
“We are proud of our talented and hardworking staff who have gone more than the extra mile to ensure students fulfil their potential as well as thanking our parents and carers for their unstinting support.”
“The vast majority of our students have secured their preferred post 16 place in education, employment or training. We celebrate the successes of each individual student, irrelevant of background, ability or subject preferences across our College community.”
Taunton School says it is building a reputation for producing the top medics of tomorrow.
Last week, two sixth form students, Georgie Hulse and Charlie Gamble, obtained outstanding A-level grades and will study medicine while two more, Alice Kay and Alex Willes, were similarly successful and will take veterinary science.
Now, two of the top performing GCSE students are both hoping to pursue a career in medicine.
Herra Bradly obtained nine A* and one A grade and will be taking the International Baccalaureate from September.
“I’m really happy and quite relieved,” she said. “I’m looking forward to moving up into the sixth form and am hoping to one day study medicine.”
Oliver Squires achieved eight A* grades and one A and will now study for A-levels in biology, chemistry, physics and maths.
“I’m very pleased with my results,” he said. “My aim is to eventually become a doctor.”
Headmaster, Dr John Newton, added: “I congratulate all our top performers on not only sustaining their academic efforts right through to the end of Year 11, but also for their huge contribution to the school outside the classroom too.
“They are outstanding young people.”
ABOVE: Oliver Squires achieved eight A* grades and one A.
Herra Bradly obtained nine A* and one A grade.
MEANWHILE Queen's College student Joe Shepherd has just opened his GSCE results.
He said; "I did better than I was predicted to do so I'm happy with what I got. I'm going to stay at Queen's to do Sixth form and then I want to study politics at university."
Joe got 7Bs and 3Cs in his GCSE exams. He's going to study business, politics, biology and geography at A-level.
BRUTON School for Girls recorded fantastic GCSE results for 2014, with 97% of students gaining five or more GCSEs at A* to C.
Almost two-thirds of all grades were in the top A* or A awards; its highest result for five years.
Pictured are some of this year’s "star achievers": Georgie Lewis of Castle Cary, who got 13 A* grades, Harriet Sheves of Warminster with 8 A*s and 4 As, and Emma Lipscomb of Bruton, who got 8 A*s and 3 As.
Headmistress Nicola Botterill said: "Amid all the national speculation that this year’s results would be lower than previous years, our girls have proved that hard work and dedication has paid off with a fantastic set of results across a wide range of subjects."
HIGH achievers: Emma, Georgie and Harriet.
CHRIS Braithwaite, Amy Smith and Jordan Derbe said they were "excited" after finding out what they'd got in their GCSEs at Taunton Academy.
TAUNTON Academy GCSE 'graduate', Josh Warr, is going on to start his catering career at Somerset College.
AT Taunton Academy, Yuri Cabral, Lewis Mason and Phanthakan Thawong had picked up their result sheets, "all happy" with what they found:
The Castle School's head teacher, Sarah Watson, here praises students' achievements:
"As always we are delighted for all our students who have been so well rewarded for the fantastic effort they have made this year.
"Although we are still waiting for some results to come back, so far (but still counting) 76% of our students have achieved the government benchmark of at least 5 GCSEs at grades A-C, including English and Maths, and 88% achieved at least 5A-C grades.
"Over 35% of students achieved at least 5 A/A* grades including English and Maths.
"Although it is always nice to know how the school has performed, today is really about those young people who can now go onto the next stage of their lives and achieve everything they want to.
"I would like to offer my congratulations not only to our own students here at The Castle School but to all young people in our area."
ELLIE Hamlin and Kaz Akhigbemen, both 16, were all smiles after opening their results envelopes at The Castle School.
"I did a lot better than I expected," said Ellie. I'm off to Huish to do psychology, media production, English, and business studies."
Kaz said: "Most of my results I'm really pleased about. I'm also going to Huish, to do biology, chemistry and media production."
OVER at The Castle School in Taunton, 16 year-old Sophie Thorne said she was really pleased with her results.
"I got 4 As, 5Bs and a distinction, so I'm good! I'm going off to do my A-levels at Richard Huish College."
HEATHFIELD students and staff are celebrating once again after another set of positive GCSE results.
Head teacher Peter Hoare said: “It was very encouraging in particular to see that in both English and maths no less than 80% of students made at least the expected level of progress and that many students made far more than the expected level of progress.
“These results are comfortably in excess of national standards and come at a time when even the government’s own watchdog have warned that schools must expect to see a great deal of variation in results.”
Overall, some 66% of students achieved five or more GCSEs at C or above (including GCSEs in English and maths) with boys and girls achieving at well above national expectations.
Mr Hoare added: “We are incredibly proud of what our students, through their hard work and with the help and support of their teachers and parents, have achieved. They are a fantastic, hard-working year group and a credit to their year head, Kate Lewis. We wish them well for the future.”
Students who achieved six or more A or A* grades were: Jade Anderson, Dalton Barham, Isabel Brooks, Oli Burton, Rupert Comer, Sophie Cording, Harry Crocker, Will Daniels, Elliot Dommett, Liam Edwards, Jake Ellis, Caitlin Evans, Ellie Gardner, Ben Giles, Grace Hammond, Rhianna Hawkins, Dominic Hodges, Emily Hurley, Tom Larcombe, Will Maunder, Alexandria Moore, Sam Murkin, Holly Parsons, Megan Pressly-Smith, Dom Robinson, Stephanie Seal, Serena Swanson, Will Sweet, Will Vile and Charlotte Warner.
One of the top performing GCSE students in the area is Taunton School’s Amrita Patel, who recorded a remarkable 11 A* grades.
Amrita, who said she was “delighted,” has yet to decide whether to take A-Levels or the International Baccalaureate as she prepares for sixth form life and her eventual goal of a career in medical research.
Headmaster Dr John Newton said: “Amrita is a commendably focused and effective young person.
“She has clear ambitions and a huge range of skills beyond the academic too – she is a most impressive girl.”
Star student Amrita Patel
Students at Taunton School have continued another summer of achievement with an excellent set of GCSE results today.
After a series of outstanding performances at A-level and the International Baccalaureate, 43% of young people achieved A*/A at GCSE.
Headmaster Dr John Newton said: “At a time when there has been so much turbulence in the GCSE results, I am proud of the way Taunton School pupils have come up trumps.
“We remain in the top echelon of schools in the country for adding academic value, and also excel in so many aspects of education which are not measured by league tables.
“It has been a splendid year of achievement and I am delighted to see these pupils move into our sixth form with confidence.”
ABOVE: Students at Taunton School celebrate their results.
Taunton School was recently described in the national press as one of the top independent schools in the country. Since the end of the summer term, students have enjoyed a biology trip to Ecuador and Galapagos, a hockey tour of Sri Lanka and recorded sporting successes at international and national level.
Amelia Walker, 16, from Queen's College said: "I'm really happy and so pleased with my results. I'm going to stay at Queen's for Sixth Form and then go to university to do art or philosophy."
Jack Male with proud mum Julia and sister Poppy. Jack will now study his A-levels at Wadham School.
- 20% of students at Wadham School got at least 3 A*s or As.
- 27 students achieved A or A* in five or more subjects.
- Overall 66% of results were A*-C
Deputy head teacher Matthew Gardner said: "Our students have once again made us very proud of them and their achievements.
"We can't do this on our own though, so we would like to pay tribute to the support provided by parents.
"The students have so much to be thankful for. We are now looking forward to working with many of them as they move into the sixth form at Wadham."
SHANNON Tucker, Rosie Clark and Rhinannon Dabinett at Wadham School.
FELLOW Wadham pupil Dominic Lawrence, centre, with mum and dad Tracey and Paul Lawrence, are all smiles this morning.
Dominic is now going on to join the sixth form at Wadham School.
WADHAM School pupils Aaron Key, Jared Gill and Dylan Small were happy with their results.
Jared got Bs in maths, Rnglish and history and is off to Richard Huish College in Taunton to study his A-levels.
Dylan is off to Space College.
Reporter Oli Hill remembers the day he got his GCSE results:
The day that I got my GCSE results was a bit of a blur if I’m totally honest, in fact the whole exam period just seemed to merge into one great big blob of stress, nerves and uncertainty.
I was always one of those students who missed out on getting an A by one or two marks and it was absolute torture knowing that if really pushed myself, I was in with a chance of getting those top grades.
The exams seemed to pile up forever with so many different subjects to juggle at once.
Focusing on your maths test when you’ve got geography’s long shore drift, English’s poetry anthology and biology’s theories of evolution all buzzing around your brain is nothing short of a nightmare.
We all know that GCSEs are the gateway to further education and as somebody who finally settled on gunning for a career in journalism, I needed to get the right grades to go to sixth form and eventually university.
I managed to get 1A*, 3As, 7Bs at GCSE which I was very happy with as it meant I got closer to my ultimate career goal.
All I would say is don’t panic if you’ve not done as well as you might’ve hoped. There are plenty of options out there and just because you’ve fallen short now doesn’t mean that you can’t make up for that in the future. Best of luck!
Reporter Daisy Blacklock recalls her GCSE results day (10 years ago now!)...
Results days are surreal things aren't they? I remember I was pleased when I opened mine: 3A*s, 5As and 2Bs.
Bizarrely, I'd got a double A* in science. I remember thinking it slightly unfair to my far more naturally scientific peers who hadn't, because I'd done it by rote-learning the text book, flat on my stomach, getting sunburnt in the garden, a few days before the exams.
At that point, even though I'd picked my AS subjects, I didn't really know where I was going to specialise. If you do at the age of 16, that's great, but I wanted to do everything.
Good luck! And be sure to treat yourself, whatever your marks...
Good luck if you are getting your GCSE results tomorrow, we hope you do well. It's not too late to apply to us to start in Sept.— @richuish 20 August 2014
Looking forward to getting the GCSE results tomorrow - good luck to everyone who has worked so hard this year!— @wellingtonsch1 20 August 2014
The great thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you - BB King #EducationQuote— @ischoolsshow 20 August 2014
Excited for our students collecting their results tomorrow! It's an end to a fantastic year, well done to all for your efforts! #GCSEresults— @tauntonschool 20 August 2014
TO all of you picking up your GCSE exam results today, a massive GOOD LUCK from everyone at Newsquest Somerset.
We'll have updates, pics, and reaction from schools around the area throughout today as it all unfolds.
Good luck and congratulations to all those picking up their GCSEs today!— @educationgovuk 21 August 2014
GOOD LUCK to everyone getting their GCSEs today. If your results aren't what you hoped...don't worry! Ours were decidedly average!— @dickndom 21 August 2014
Reporter Sam Jones recalls getting his GCSE results:
"I remember being a lot more nervous about my GCSE results than I was leading up to my A-levels, probably because the outcome was a lot better.
I was unfortunate to miss out on a few predicted grades at comprehensive/secondary school which meant I didn’t get the required five A-C grades needed to move straight into AS-level studies.
Although one local sixth form did offer me a chance to start my AS-levels straight away, I wasn’t comfortable there and had my eyes set on the big college in Rotherham; Thomas Rotherham College.
A lot of my friends were there and they also had great sports facilities, so I decided to study a BTEC ICT at the college, which I did really well in, and then progressed on to AS and A-levels.
The subjects I chose at school have helped me along the career path that I’m now enjoying full time, but with all the other core subjects on top it was very hard to revise everything and take it all in.
I always liked the idea of being a journalist since we took part in a taster day at school where we all took on the role as reporters, running all over school finding news from teachers. Being a chef, games designer, zoo keeper and an animation artist were all other career ideas at that time too.
I’m sure you’ve all done fantastic and will get top marks, but even if you are disappointed with your grades there’s so many option out there to help you gain great qualifications.
I didn’t have the best start after my GCSEs but still went on to have a great time at college, university and now have a job in the career I love.
Good luck to all of you and hopefully we’ll be seeing you bright and early for results day.”
Emily Stevens, teacher of art and design at Kings College, Taunton, said: "Good luck to all our students collecting their GCSE results tomorrow.
"Whatever your results may be, just remember that this is the beginning of what can be a bright future."
Reporter Danielle Morris recalls getting her GCSE results:
"I think I was more nervous about getting my GCSE results than I was waiting for my A Levels and to an extent my degree.
I had worked incredibly hard throughout school and even more so in my last two years, determined to do as well as I could.
The degree was different because I already knew I had got a First - it was just seeing how well I'd done in exams, but with my GCSEs I had everything to play for.
I had no idea what I wanted to do when I was "a grown up", the choice changed daily, depending on what I was interested in.
I spent a good few years wanting to be a laywer, and then an actress and then a chef, so I had picked quite a range of subjects.
I can remeber sitting in my to conservatory every morning after breakfast to revise, having a half an hour break for lunch and finishing at dinner time.
I stuck classical music on (so I couldn't sing along and distract myself) and wrote out all of my notes in different colours to help me revise.
The morning I got my results I was visiting family in Kent.
I didn't sleep well the night before and I spent the morning pacing the kitchen, mumbling one word answers to my family's questions and my phone glued to my hand waiting for my mum to call.
My heart was broken when she read out my first grade - it was a C, I couldn't stop crying - even after she read out the next two results which were A*s.
I'd done really well across all my other subjects, getting all As and Bs but the C kept taunting me because I felt like I'd let myself down.
But I hadn't - there's only so much revision we can do and we can't be good at everything, so don't be disheartened if tomorrow some of your results aren't as good as you expect or hope.
You'll soon realise later on in life that those letters don't mean as much as you think they do and colleges, apprenticeships and everything else in life look at you as a person and your other skills.
I wish everyone the best of luck tomorrow and luck with whatever else you're going on to do.
GCSEs really are just the beginning of your life and you still have a few good years ahead of you to find your dream job!"
THOUSANDS of youngsters across Somerset will pick up their GCSE results tomorrow (Thursday).
We'll have reporters out and about across the county, feeding back reaction, photos and most importantly...the results.