Sidmouth College praised for improved league table results

PUBLISHED: 15:36 17 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:16 17 June 2010

STUDENTS at Sidmouth College have turned a critical Ofsted inspector s report on its head by gaining significant improvements in their A level and GCSE pass rates. Latest Government tables show the college is ranked 24th in the county and the percentage

STUDENTS at Sidmouth College have turned a critical Ofsted inspector's report on its head by gaining significant improvements in their A level and GCSE pass rates.

Latest Government tables show the college is ranked 24th in the county and the percentage of students gaining five or more good A*-C passes at GCSE, including English and maths, has risen to 66 percent - from 60 percent in 2007.

King's School, Ottery St Mary students are at 64 percent, with Colyton Grammar at 100 percent.

Sidmouth College principal Jeremy Roberts told the Sidmouth Herald: "I would like to say how very impressed I am with these results and give a huge thanks to David Birch my predecessor and my colleagues for delivering such an improvement."

John Smith, Devon's executive councillor for children's services, said he was delighted to see "impressive increases" in the Devon figures of three percent to 50.19 percent, compared with a national figure of 47.6 percent.

He also called for more Government investment in education in the South West, saying it was one of the worst funded authorities in the UK.

"I want to pay tribute to Devon's students, their families and teachers and our own hard-working education staff for these positive results. But there is never any room for complacency.

"Our students and their teachers are working extremely hard and our schools are focused on providing an appropriate range of courses to engage students.

"The latest Government figures show Devon is 146th out of 149 local authorities for education funding - the worst in the South West - which is why we continue to campaign for fair funding for our schools."

He said every pupil in every Devon school is "deemed to be worth £350 less than the national average" but was entitled to the same funding as everyone else.

"The fact that our children continue to achieve above average results despite well below average funding is a tribute to them and all the staff who teach them."

DCC has invested "unprecedented" amounts of money in its building and improving programme for Devon's schools "to provide the best possible learning environment for our children," he added.


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