Exam results celebrated at South Dartmoor Community College

Joseph Bulmer

South Dartmoor Community College and Atrium celebrated the achievements of GCSE and A-level students.

Despite an extremely challenging year, the results show a continued upward trend in outcomes at the college.

Many GCSE students gained top grades in one or more subjects: 34 shared a total of 71 grade 9s, an increase on last year.

Kitty Coulson-Byng scored 11 grade 9s and Ben Glenton was not far behind with seven grade 9s, one A*, two grade 8s, one grade 7 and one grade 6.

Teachers are particularly proud of Toby Beasley, who suffered the loss of his home due to a house fire during lockdown one. They noted that his determination in the face of adversity was 'inspirational'.

Toby achieved two grade 7s, three grade 6s, three grade 5s and two grade 4s.

Meanwhile, many A-level students managed to attain top grades (A*) in one or more subject. More than 75 per cent are on track to secure their first choice place at the top universities.

Almost three quarters of their grades were A*-B and provisional projections suggest at least 50 per cent of those applying to higher education will progress to a Russell Group university.

There was also significant achievement in BTEC and CTEC studies, with 100 per cent of students achieving distinction* or distinction.

Executive head teacher Jen Veal said: “Our students have worked really hard to achieve a set of results of which they can be truly proud. On behalf of all staff, I would like to wish our students much happiness and huge success for the future.”