Formal GCSE awards ceremony celebrates students’ achievement

Ryan Traviss with the Bradfords cup for best overall contribution to the year group and Harriet Ward

Ryan Traviss with the Bradfords cup for best overall contribution to the year group and Harriet Wardrop with her Pinney Cup for best overall GCSE results. Picture: Sidmouth College - Credit: Sidmouth College

A formal GCSE awards ceremony has been hailed as a fitting way to celebrate an ‘outstanding’ set of results.

Dylan Roberts with his Michelmore Cup for outstanding achievement in music. Picture: Sidmouth Colleg

Dylan Roberts with his Michelmore Cup for outstanding achievement in music. Picture: Sidmouth College - Credit: Sidmouth College

Sidmouth College held its annual awards and celebration night for GCSE students on Thursday (December 5).

This year saw the introduction of a new formal occasion.

Angela Lucas, head of English, was the master of ceremonies as the awards were given out with Karime Hassan, chief executive of Exeter City Council, being the guest speaker.

Principal Sarah Parsons said: "The awards evening was an opportunity to celebrate the fantastic achievements of this incredible year group."

Kloe Watts with her Sidmouth Lions award for achievement and endeavour. Picture: Sidmouth College

Kloe Watts with her Sidmouth Lions award for achievement and endeavour. Picture: Sidmouth College - Credit: Sidmouth College


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In this year's GCSE results, students achieved higher-than-expected grades on average, and 17 students were awarded 64 grade 9s between them.

A total of 69.3 per cent of the students achieved a standard pass (grades 9 to 4) in English and Maths, compared with 56 per cent the previous year.

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The number achieving grades 9 to 5 for English and maths this year was 45.3 per cent, a big improvement on last year's 28 per cent.

Mrs Parsons added: "All of the staff at the college are really proud of them and what they have achieved.

Jess Barnball with her Waitrose prize for food technology. Picture: Sidmouth College

Jess Barnball with her Waitrose prize for food technology. Picture: Sidmouth College - Credit: Sidmouth College

"I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in organising such a fabulous event, it was a well-deserved celebration."

Awards on the night included subject prizes for achievement and progress, as well as prizes from the following organisations:

- The Waitrose prize for food technology, presented by Mrs Susan Newman Greenacre - Jess Barriball

- The Michelmore Cup for outstanding achievement in music - Dylan Roberts

Sam Hattrell with he Sidmouth Lions award for endeavour and achievement. Picture: Sidmouth College

Sam Hattrell with he Sidmouth Lions award for endeavour and achievement. Picture: Sidmouth College - Credit: Sidmouth College

- The Ogden Trust award for achievement in science - Elly-Jayne Waddell and Will Bond

- The Thelma Hulbert award for outstanding achievement in the arts ¬- Ellie Howlett

- Sid Vale Association prizes for geography, history and citizenship - Ryan Traviss, Ellie Howlett, James Fawell, Scarlett Seaton, Brody Fowler and Emily Pulman

- The Sidmouth Lions' shield for achievement and endeavour, presented by lions Mark Laurenti and Alan Shoesmith - Kloe Watts and Sam Hattrell

Bordy Fowler with his Sid Vale Association prize for geography, history and citizenship. Picture: Si

Bordy Fowler with his Sid Vale Association prize for geography, history and citizenship. Picture: Sidmouth College - Credit: Sidmouth College

- The Bradford cup for best overall contribution to the year group - Ryan Traviss

- The Pinney cup for best overall GCSE results - Harriet Wardrop who achieved grade 9s in all ten subjects.

Scarlett Seaton with her Sid Vale Association prize for geography, history and citizenship. Picture:

Scarlett Seaton with her Sid Vale Association prize for geography, history and citizenship. Picture: Sidmouth College - Credit: Sidmouth College

Jamers Farwell with his Sid Vale Association prize for goegraphy, history and citizenship. Picture:

Jamers Farwell with his Sid Vale Association prize for goegraphy, history and citizenship. Picture: Sidmouth College - Credit: Sidmouth College

Emily Pulman with her Sid Vale Association prize for geography, history and citizenship. Picture: Si

Emily Pulman with her Sid Vale Association prize for geography, history and citizenship. Picture: Sidmouth College - Credit: Sidmouth College

Ellie Howlett, with her Thelma Hulbert award for outstanding achievement in the arts. Picture: Sidmo

Ellie Howlett, with her Thelma Hulbert award for outstanding achievement in the arts. Picture: Sidmouth College - Credit: Sidmouth College

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