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​West Buckland Students Celebrate A-level Performance

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

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Left to right – Callum Adams, Thomasin Light, Jasmine Brent, Beth Withecombe, Laura Wormington, Sean Davies, Rachel Groome and Hannah Evans

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SIXTH Form students at West Buckland School are celebrating after 75.2% of all A-levels were passed at A*, A and B grades.

In what headmaster John Vick described as excellent results from “another impressive year”, 45% of all exams were awarded the top A* and A grades, while 91% were passed at A* to C, with the overall pass rate standing at 99.5%.

It is the eighth successive year that more than two thirds of exams have been awarded the top A* to B grades at the school.

A statement from the school points out that this consistency has seen West Buckland rank amongst the highest performing schools in the South West for a number of years.

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Among the high achievers was Laura Wormington, who excelled with an A* in biology and straight As in chemistry, maths and music.

Laura plans to take a year out before reading Medicine at the University of Birmingham.

She said: “I’m delighted with my results. It’s a big relief. I’m now taking a gap year and looking forward to university next year”.

Rachel Groome and Milly Flynn both achieved two A* grades and an A; Rachel will now study Medicine at the University of Nottingham and Milly will be taking a place at the Urdang Performing Arts Academy in London.

Rachel said: “There has been a lot of work over the last two years which has now paid off and I can’t wait to go to Nottingham.”

George Fincher will be studying Physics at the University of Exeterafter securing an A* and two A grades whilst Isaac Haigh achieved an A* in chemistry and A grades in biology and maths which will see him study Biochemistry at King’s College, London.

Sean Davies who achieved an A* in English literature and A grades in history and religious studies, said: “I’m really pleased. I was awake most of last night with nerves but I can now relax and look forward to university in September.”

Headmaster Mr Vick said: “2014 is another impressive year for A-level results at West Buckland School. Last year’s results were excellent but this year they are even better and I am delighted 75% of all exams were awarded A* to B grades.

“A large proportion of our students consistently achieve these grades that are required by our most demanding universities and many will go on to take up places at highly respected Russell Group and 1994 Group institutions.

“They have worked incredibly hard and their success is well deserved. The performance is all the more impressive given the slight downward trend in results across the country.

“It is extremely rewarding for parents, teachers and everyone at the school to see these young people do so well.”

Provisional West Buckland School A-level examination results

Overall pass rate: 99.5%

% of A-level exams passed at A* and A grades: 45.0%

% of A-level exams passed at A* to B grades: 75.2%

% of A-level exams passed at A* to C grades: 90.6%

Sean Davies who achieved an A* in English literature and A grades in history and religious studies: “I’m really pleased with my grades. I was awake most of last night with nerves but I can now relax and look forward to university in September.

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