Students at The King's School in Ottery St Mary are celebrating their GCSE and BTEC results, with many having done better than they expected.

Sidmouth Herald: All smiles on GCSE results day

Year 11 students received their results this morning (Thursday, August 24) and the school said it is 'keen to celebrate the hard work of our young people and the staff that have supported them over the past two years'.

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A spokesperson said: "We are delighted that students have achieved very well, with many individual successes across the ability range.  As a comprehensive school with an underlying ethos of ‘Achievement for All’, we are very pleased to see that a large number of students achieved or exceeded their predicted grades in the full range of subjects.

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"Today we have seen academic achievement that students will be extremely proud of.  As a result of their success, students are now able to progress on to the next stage of their education, and many students have chosen to remain at The King's School to study A-Level courses next academic year.  This positive choice by students to return to the 6th Form reflects the outstanding teaching and support students have received whilst at the school."

Sidmouth Herald: Happy faces

Headteacher Rob Gammon said: “These examinations results have been awarded following a policy decision to return to pre-pandemic grading. They have been achieved in the context of an incredibly difficult few years where the education of these students has been significantly disrupted. 

"I am very proud of the  hard work and determination shown by so many students, and they deserve the grades they have received. 

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"I am also delighted for the parents and staff who have worked so hard to support students, whether at home or in the classroom. The support surrounding these young people has been tremendous and it has come as no surprise that they have been able to show what they are capable of. 

"I am pleased to be welcoming so many students back into our Sixth Form and also wish all those leaving us every success as they take their next step in education."

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