STRENGTH OF BRIXHAM COLLEGE’S 2020 GCSE RESULTS REFLECTS ITS HIGH VALUES
AND HARD-WORKING ETHOS
Our 2020 GCSE cohort may not have had the exam experience they were anticipating but in this strangest of years, they have successfully dealt with unprecedented levels of uncertainty, anxiety and concern. This year has been tested, albeit rather differently from any before it, and we hope the focus can begin to shift towards what has been gained rather than dwell upon what has been lost.
At Brixham College we have high expectations for all and this year our GCSE students did not disappoint in terms of attitude towards their studies, positive spirit and strength of character. We are incredibly proud of what they have accomplished in these extraordinary times as well as the sheer effort which they, and their supporters, have ploughed into this academic year. With the annual nail-biting waiting game finally over, they can seamlessly transition into the next phase of their education, training and employment, continuing to thrive.
“We’re delighted that our teacher’s professionalism has been respected and we have a set of GCSE results that reflect the fairest and best outcomes for our students who have embodied our college values and worked exceptionally hard to achieve them!” says Principal Mark Eager, whose team ensured a sense of normality was restored on results day so that students could collect their grades in person, receive advice, benefit from guidance and celebrate the successes rightly deserved. “We’re really looking forward to celebrating with our Year 11 students at their rearranged Prom and having the opportunity to say farewell to them as they move forwards on to the next stage in their lives,” he adds.
Staff have been robust with internal standardisation processes to produce centre assessment grades which reflect students’ understanding, knowledge and progression gained over the last five years. Whilst it is difficult to compare results this year to previous ones, they remain broadly in line with prior attainment with improvements recorded in subjects which have benefited from a focus of college priorities.
Every year Brixham College celebrates outstanding individual successes and this year is no different with Grace Halsey achieving 7 grade 9’s, “I am really happy – thanks to Brixham College for allowing me to fulfil my dreams” and a jubilant Martha Bedford, with 5 grade 9’s “I am so happy – these results are what I have been hoping for – I can’t wait to move on to the next stage of my education”. Along with James Stocks “I am really happy with my results – all the hard work that we have put in – I am glad that it is over – massive thanks to my teachers here at Brixham.”
Priding itself on having a ‘family’ Sixth Form driven by values, the upward trend continues for GCSE students to extend their journey to lifelong success at Brixham College and secure places to top Universities, including Oxbridge, with the help of their teachers. Officially recognised as one of the best A level and BTEC providers regionally is an accolade to the amazing students, their exceptional talent and the unbelievable lengths staff will go to help them achieve their very best.
It cannot be underestimated how disappointing it has been for students to have been denied the opportunity to sit their final exams. Brixham College will fully support those who want the chance to do even better in the Autumn examination series. Teachers will help them navigate the balance between exam preparation and commitments to their new Post 16 courses, the majority of which were secured prior to lockdown.
A Level Examinations 2020 Press Release from Brixham College
We all remember the day we got our exam results; whether we secured the university course of our dreams, outperformed a teacher’s predictions or did a U turn because of the grades awarded. However, none of us have experienced a school year or results day quite like our 2020 cohort have. They’ve certainly endured a rocky year so far and will most likely face a challenging learning and work environment on their journey ahead, but a Brixham College student has the ability to adapt, the flexibility to change, the positive mindset to thrive, the skills to achieve, the will to succeed and all of this is underpinned by an irrefutable hard working ethic and the determination to ensure they wear the biggest of smiles and pursue a life which they can enjoy as the best version of themselves.
It was really important for us at Brixham College to still provide opportunity for students to collect their final examination results as they would have done in previous years. They have worked exceptionally hard and we all value the opportunity to share this success with them. Results day is also about students having the appropriate advice and guidance, in a safe and welcoming environment, the 6th Form Team were here to provide students with all the support they need, ensuring they are able to access desired and appropriate destinations.
In the current circumstances we staggered the year group with the collection of results to facilitate social distancing, but to also ensure that we could provide advice and guidance in a safe environment. We also be provided students with advice and guidance and shared by Ofqual and hopefully this helped allay any worries and concerns with regard to their examination grades.
We were delighted that the vast majority of A Level and vocational examination results, which broadly reflect our expectations and maintain and improving trend at the college. We have done exceptionally well at Post 16 over the past 3 years and it is pleasing to see that this year’s cohort have maintained high levels of success in challenging circumstances. As in previous years, students have worked exceptionally hard and we are delighted to see that they have been rewarded rightly so. We recognise that performance tables and accountability are not a priority in the current circumstances, however the pass rate at A*/ A, A*- B and overall pass rate mirror our high expectations for the cohort. A huge congratulations to the students and well done to the staff for continued high quality of teaching and learning at the college.
The majority of our students have decided to follow their preferred university, apprenticeship and employment destinations. We have students who will be following a range of University pathways, including Journalism, Biomedical Science, Sport and Exercise Science, Diagnostic Radiography and Musical Instrument Craft. We are pleased to share that Alex O’Shea will be following her passion to study Law at Cambridge in September, achieving an A*, A, A in Philosophy, Physics and Psychology. This is a fantastic achievement for Alex, and a second consecutive year for students achieving Oxbridge places for Brixham College.
‘I absolutely can’t wait to go to Cambridge – no one in my family has gone to Oxbridge before and all of us are ecstatic! I can’t put into words how grateful I am for all of the support, advice and encouragement I’ve received from Brixham College – every member of staff has showed unwavering belief in me, and I couldn’t have done it without them. My journey started with a dream and an application to summer school, which led to more opportunities than I ever thought I’d be capable of. My advice to other students is to take a chance and say yes, as you never know what it may lead to!’ Alex explains.
Ethan Bell who also received three A grades in Philosophy, Physics and Sociology will be studying law at the university of Bristol. Head Girl Molly Wellspring was also successful in achieving an A*, A, A in Physics, Maths and Chemistry and will be progressing to the University of Newcastle to study Mechanical Engineering. Molly is over the moon with her results and said ”I am very happy with my results. I was very nervous about it but school put my mind at rest. I am really pleased to be going to my university of choice and look forward to pursuing a career in renewable energy”.
The current circumstance has had an influence with some destinations, with a small number of students opting to defer their university placement for a year or take a gap year until there is greater clarity with the future. We are delighted that the vast majority of our students have achieved places at their first choice University, after such a long period of uncertainty it great to see students secure in their progression.
“Our Sixth Formers are an absolute credit to us and are an integral part of our learning community. Full of perseverance and a determination to succeed, they continue to raise aspirations and provide positive role models across the whole of the College. What they have achieved academically sits alongside rich friendships made and the full spectrum of personal goals accomplished”, explains Chair of Trustees, Andy Wilson.
Brixham College will be hosting a Sixth form open evening on Thursday, 26th November 6 – 8pm from within its contemporary, high-tech, Sixth Form centre. During the evening prospective students and their families will be given the opportunity to see, first-hand, its strength in character, teaching, curriculum, community, support and performance and how individuality and knowledge is developed in a rich, positive learning environment. To find out more contact 01803 858271 or visit www.brixhamcollege.co.uk
Mark Eager, Principal Brixham College
14th August 2020
The College’s performance is summarised on the Department for Education’s website. It can be found HERE.
Percentage achieving 5+ A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and maths GCSEs
- 2010 – 43%
- 2011 – 53%
- 2012 – 59%
- 2013 – 49%
- 2014 – 60%
- 2015 – 55%
- 2016 – 64%
- 2017 – Grade 9-4 (Standard Pass) 67%
- Grade 9-5 (Good Pass) 40%
- 2018 – Grade 9-4 – 50.3%
Grade 9-5 (Good Pass) 23.6%
- 2019 – grade 9-4 57.3%
Grade 9-5 (Good Pass) 28.3%
England – All Schools
- 2010 – 53.5%
- 2011 – 59%
- 2012 – 59.4%
- 2013 – 59.2%
- 2014 – 56%
- 2015 – 57%
- 2016 – 62%
- 2017 – 65%
- 2018 – 66%
- 2019 – TBC
Percentage of students achieving Grade 9-4 in both English and Maths GCSEs ( the Basics)
- All pupils – 57.3%%
- Low attainers – 5%
- Middle attainers – 51.3%
- High attainers – 93.9%
Percentage of disadvantaged students achieving Grade 9-4 GCSEs in both English and Maths GCSEs
( the Basics)
- All pupils – 50.9%
EBACC outcomes 2019.
6.5% of EBACC cohort achieved a pass (Grade 4)with 3.5% achieving the EBACC with “strong passes”.
Progress 8 Scores.
Key Stage 5 Results 2019
Post 16 Exam results 2019
Headlines 2018 – A*-E Brixham 97% National A*-E 97.7%
A*-B Brixham 34% (increase of 6% from 2016 results.)
Progress in English and Maths
English 2 students – progress + 0
Maths 4 students – Progress + 0.5
Awaiting National Data
A Level ALPS Value added 3
(Top 25% of schools)
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|Applied General||Not Applicable|
|Tech Level qualifications|
|Average Grade||Brixham College A* – E||National A* – E|
|A Level Average Grade||C||Awaiting National Data|
|Applied General Average Grade||
|Tech Level qualifications Average Grade||
|Student retention: The % of students who get to the end of their study programme.||
Year 13 – 100% completed their Core Aim
Year 12 – 90% completed their Core Aim
Full Time Education
Employment, or Training
Education and Training
Student destinations: % of students who continue education & training or employment