South Devon High School celebrates another year of exceptional GCSE results

Student Miles Whelband and Matt Burrows, head of South Devon High School

Miles Whelband and Matt Burrows, head of South Devon High School - Credit: South Devon High School

South Devon High School is celebrating GCSE success - with 81 per cent of all English entries graded 9-4 (old grades A*- C) and a massive 85 per cent of all maths entries graded 9-4.

South Devon High School students achieved highly across a wide range of subjects.

Ninety-two per cent of entries in computer science were graded 9-4 (old grades A*-C).

The 14 to 16-ear-olds' school, part of South Devon College, also saw 100 per cent pass rates in vocational subjects including games development, engineering and adventure sport.

Budding ballerina 16-year-old Mina Carter from Paignton is celebrating. She achieved top grade 9 in maths, combined science and geography plus an 8 in both English literature and English language. She also got a distinction * in her Level 2 animal care qualification.

Mina, who was home schooled before she started at South Devon High School, has been offered a place at the Royal Ballet School on its advanced associate programme.

Fiona Hiscutt, 16, from Newton Abbot.

Fiona Hiscutt, 16, from Newton Abbot. - Credit: South Devon High School

“Coming to South Devon High School was the best choice I ever made,” said 16-year-old Fiona Hiscutt from Newton Abbot.

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The aspiring art teacher achieved a 9 in photography, a 7 in maths and English literature, a 5 in English language, a 6 in combined science and distinction in her Level 2 digital media and digital games development.

Miles Whelband, 15, from Paignton said he didn’t feel online learning through lockdown affected his learning.

He achieved a 7 in maths and English literature, an 8 in geography, a 9 in combined science and a 6 in English language. He also got a distinction in his Level 2 digital media and a Level 2 merit in animal care.

A career in medicine is hopefully on the horizon for 15-year-old Aaron Osbourne from Paignton.

He achieved an 8 in history, a 7 in combined science and English literature, a 6 in maths and a 5 in English language. He also got a distinction * for his Level 2 business studies and Level 2 sport coaching.

A career in medicine is hopefully on the horizon for Aaron Osbourne from Paignton.

A career in medicine is hopefully on the horizon for Aaron Osbourne from Paignton. - Credit: South Devon High School

Shakira Mead, 16, from Totnes, who is aiming to become a paediatric nurse, achieved a distinction * in her Level 2 health and social care qualification as well as an A in childcare.

She’s worked hard to improve on her previous school’s predicted academic grades for her. She has achieved a 7 in maths, a 6 in photography, English literature, history and combined science as well as a 5 in English language.

Matt Burrows, head of South Devon High School, said: “I am delighted that the pupils’ achievements have been fully recognised given the unique challenges faced this year.

"Our pupils are rightly proud of their results and the positive progress they have made.

"We offer an innovative and exciting curriculum, combined with fantastic pupil support.

"It has been wonderful to see pupils thrive and succeed within the school.

"The results are an excellent reward for all the pupils' hard work, and it is a testament to the outstanding support and guidance provided by their teachers.

"Pupils can now look forward to their exciting next steps, with many progressing to A-levels, apprenticeships or technical and professional courses at South Devon College.”

South Devon High School combines academic and technical qualifications with great opportunity for progression into further and higher education.

With a strong focus on careers and employability alongside learning, young people have the opportunity to develop the skills that employers need now, more than ever, to find new and innovative ways of working on the road to economic recovery.  

Pupils work with state-of-the-art, industry standard equipment and resources which include access to the new South Devon College Sports Centre and Hi Tech and Digital Centre.

The college is home to University Centre South Devon (UCSD) which has strong links with the University of Plymouth and with a wide range of local and regional employers, meaning an entire education journey can be done locally.

If you’re interested in studying further or higher education, there’s still time to apply. The college’s expert team are in place to assist with progression to a variety of different pathways that your new qualifications will make possible, simply call 08000 380 123 or email them at enquiries@southdevon.ac.uk