23 Aug Brixham College celebrates its highest grades yet under new GCSE format
Improvements across the board as Brixham College celebrates its highest grades yet under new GCSE format
Brixham College, which recorded its highest ever A level grades last week, is also celebrating its highest grades recorded under the new GCSE format. As it continues to stack up an impressive set of the new top ‘super’ grades across the curriculum, outstanding individual performances put a spotlight on the exceptional work ethic and positive spirit which is fostered within its close-knit learning family.
Overall results have improved at Brixham College, as well as student progress, since the new tougher exams were brought in. Headline indicators show a marked increase in pass rates in the core subjects of Maths, English and Science with more students than ever before staying on at Brixham College to take advantage of its sixth form success. It was also a great year for the sociology department with 50% of the cohort achieving grade 5+ and 70% grade 4 and above.
“Our teaching staff really are the backbone of our success and continue to bring out the best in all our students. They love their subjects, establish good habits as well as self belief early on and encourage a commitment and enthusiasm to lifelong learning which shines through in the resourceful, confident sixth formers they become. I’m so proud of them,” says Mark Eager, principal, Brixham College.
“The team here is delighted to see improvements made across the board in all core subjects and to see more and more young people ending Year 11 with a strong grounding in the subjects they enjoy as well as Maths, English and Science,’ adds vice principal Tracey Hale, who has responsibility for Quality of Education. “Their fantastic achievements bode well for the future, with more expressing the desire to continue their post 16 journey with us,” she adds.
“You can always tell a Brixham College student by their positivity, drive and desire to achieve and we wish them every success as they embark on their chosen pathways. They always work hard to achieve strong outcomes and make positive progress. It’s clear that once again they’ve put in maximum effort in order to achieve the grades they deserve. Our students have out-performed last year’s cohort, done exceptionally well in the creative subjects and continue to make impressive improvements in the core areas of English, Maths and Science. Exam season is always a stressful time but we thank all the parents and staff, as well as the students themselves, who made it less so by embracing the challenges, preparing for them early and providing each other with a strong network of practical and emotional support,” says Lisa Redfern, assistant principal and head of year 11.
In a similar vein as previous years, many individuals celebrated outstanding top-grade GCSE success:
‘I’m really pleased with my results, particularly Photography,” says Anya Burnell who was awarded runner up in the young photographer category in last year’s Outdoor photographer of the year competition for her shot of a blue butterfly perching on some dry wheatgrass. She followed up that personal accolade by achieving a GCSE super grade 9 in photography as well as an exceptional set of results. “I’m looking forward to studying at the 6th Form and then hopefully going on to be a professional dancer,” she adds.
“I want to be a novelist in the future,” says Wesley Lang, another student who is celebrating impressive results and has chosen to remain in the sixth form centre at Brixham College to help him realise his writing aspirations.
‘I’m really pleased and did a lot better than what I thought I would do!” says Aicha Ammar whose fantastic results have also secured her a place within Brixham’s sixth form where she has her sights set on achieving the grades she needs to study medicine at university.
Grade 9’s were also celebrated by Ellie Talbot (Art and Textiles), Ella Shinner (Catering), and Isabelle Suddock (Graphics). In English Literature, Jodie Collier and Charlotte Wyatt also achieved the top grades possible.
Summing up the sentiment felt across this year’s GCSE cohort, Kim Farley says: “Thank you so much to the teachers for all the extra help and support’.
‘I’ve loved it here and the support in Year 11 has been immense,’ echoes Charlotte Wyatt.