VIDEO and PICTURES: Ottery GCSE students celebrate results, despite biggest overhaul in exam's 30-year history

PUBLISHED: 14:16 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:33 26 August 2018

The King's School. Picture: Richard Wright

The King's School. Picture: Richard Wright

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There were smiles, some hugging and a few disappointed faces when nervous GCSE students picked up their results yesterday (Thursday).

Teachers and students at The King’s School, in Ottery, were celebrating for the second week running, following the A-level results day last week.

In total, 27 per cent of the year 11 group achieved the top grades of 9-7 (the equivalent of A** to A) in English and 26 per cent achieved these grades in maths as well.

Overall, 77 per cent of students achieved at least a standard pass (4) or better in English and maths, with 73 per cent achieving 5 or more standard passes (grade 4/C or better) including in English and maths.

Headteacher Rob Gammon said: “We wish to congratulate the year 11 students and their families on a strong set of GCSE results this year.

The King's School. Picture: Richard Wright  The King's School. Picture: Richard Wright

“These outcomes have been achieved in the context of the biggest overhaul of GCSEs in their 30-year history including the introduction of a new grading system of 9-1 making comparisons with previous years irrelevant.

“Despite the turbulence faced by students, they have worked hard and have achieved very well.

“I am very proud of these results but I am equally as proud of the many other achievements that cannot be measured in examination results but help to shape young people into well-rounded individuals who will go on to play a significant part in their communities.”

Year 11 student Ted Bennett-Cronk said: “Very pleased. Got some unexpected ones but overall it’s a pretty good sheet, I think.”

The King's School. Picture: Richard Wright  The King's School. Picture: Richard Wright

Ted said he planned to go on to sixth form, with an aim to take law at university and then become a solicitor.

Michael Penston said: “I’ve got pins and needles everywhere, I can’t believe it myself. I’ve got to call my granny. I would like to do A-levels, then study computer science at university.”

Alexandra Fearn-Smith added: “I’ve done much better than I expected. I wasn’t as bad as I thought I was going to be. I was particularly nervous.

“I think my mum was more nervous than I was. It’s nice to see how your hard work has paid off.”

The King's School. Picture: Richard Wright  The King's School. Picture: Richard Wright

Aidan Pearcy said : “I thought I would be more nervous than I was. I can’t really complain, can I? I’m quite happy about what I got.”

The King's School. Picture: Richard Wright  The King's School. Picture: Richard Wright

The King's School. Picture: Richard Wright  The King's School. Picture: Richard Wright

The King's School. Picture: Richard Wright  The King's School. Picture: Richard Wright

The King's School. Picture: Richard Wright  The King's School. Picture: Richard Wright

The King's School. Picture: Richard Wright  The King's School. Picture: Richard Wright

Michael Penston with Emily and Georgia Bramley get their results at The King's School, Ottery St Mary.Michael Penston with Emily and Georgia Bramley get their results at The King's School, Ottery St Mary.

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