Thursday 16 August

A-Level Students Smash It!

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Sixth Formers have smashed it, achieving the perfect score in their A-levels, with a 100% pass rate! An impressive 78.6% of grades were A* to B with the top 80% of the sixth form cohort achieving a staggering 91% A* to B.

Including Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) results, considered so valuable by the many universities, these figures rise still further. 57% of students taking the EPQ achieved to A* to A.

Amongst the impressive overall performance have been some outstanding individual achievements. From a cohort of 50 students, 13 achieved straight A*/A grades, with five achieving three or more A*s. A special mention goes to Ethan Cobb and Ottilie Kuehne who both achieved three A*s, with an additional A* in their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Ethan will be taking a place at the University of Birmingham to read Liberal Arts and Sciences whilst Ottilie will be going to the University of Bath to read Psychology.

Close on their heels and equally  impressive were Jamie Dennis and Yuki Shen (two A*s and two As), Jemima Hedley-Piggins and Harry Palmer who both gained two A*s and one A and Tom Smaldon who gained one A* and two As whilst carrying the added responsibility of being Head of School! They, amongst others, will be taking up places at some of our best universities including Imperial College, Durham University, University of Southampton and University of Manchester.

But it's not just the top achievers, many of our students have exceeded their personal goals and expectations, securing places at their chosen destination. Top tennis player, Brad Phillips and Head Girl, Millie Wilton, both outperformed their expectations, have entered 'adjustment' and are looking forward to exciting futures with confidence.

Headmaster, Mr Stapleton says:

"This is a wonderful day and I am delighted for all those who have secured their chosen course. They leave us as young men and women ready to make a difference and I am genuinely excited about what they might go on to achieve in the future. 

Of course, this did not happen by accident. This day has been four years in the making and two years in the preparation. Careers advice, visiting lecturers, targeted conversations, individual support from alumni all serve to inspire curiosity in our students. Their dreams and choice of subjects or university course were crafted through focused diligence, a tailored curriculum and excellent teaching.

Congratulations to all involved: staff, parents and of course the students. I hope they enjoy their moment in the sun and what is to come."


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Eddy Pope and Toby Watts were victorious in the final against Ilfracombe Academy in the North Devon Secondary Schools' Tennis Tournament. The boys, who competed in the U13 doubles competition against some strong and experienced players, held their nerve and performed excellently, taking home the trophy for the second time this year.

The U15 girls also took part in a very close competition where three pairs finished equal after a round robin tournament. On the count back for points, pairs Mille McLintock and Chloe Parry finished as runners up while Louisa Pope and Saffy Ayara-Ekpe finished in third place.

We are very pleased to have been able to field full teams on the day, despite the summer break and well done to all our pupils who took part.

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Year 13 Kian Hayles-Cotton a Cadet Corporal in the West Buckland CCF was selected for the RCAC Leadership and Challenge Course to take place in the Rocky Mountains. Kian is currently out in Canada as part of the six week programme and camping in the foothills of the Rockies surrounded by mountains and forests. After two weeks, Kian has undertaken white water kayaking on Ghost Lake, progressing to the rapids on the Ghost and Red Deer River and surviving the infamous Black Mamba and Double Ledge rapids.

Next came trekking on the Mystic Trail and hiking and camping through the Banff National Park over high mountains surrounded by snow and craggy outcrops.

"So far, I've had a great time and would thoroughly recommend it to any cadet who is motivated and enjoys the outdoors."

Please see our Facebook page for more photos.

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Congratulations to Year 13, Ella Clifton who progresses to Phase 2 in the trials for Skeleton.

Ella was selected to continue her Olympic journey when she achieved great results in Phase 1 trials - 30m sprint, vertical jump and standing long jump. Just 50 people, both girls and boys will be moving forward to the Phase 2 trials, which take place at Bath University during the summer. Ella will have the opportunity to train with a team of Bobsleigh and Skeleton professionals to see if she has what it takes to progress even further. Good luck!