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Year 11 Students Achieve Record-breaking Results

22 August 2019
Year 11 Students Achieve Record-breaking Results

We are absolutely delighted to report a stunning set of GCSE results for the students of Devizes School. We have not only exceeded targets and predictions for the fourth year running, but we have also broken all historical school GCSE records as well.

I would like to congratulate all our students and staff, as well as The White Horse Federation team and governors, for working with such commitment and energy to enable this success to happen. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the parents and families for working in partnership with us to support their children and allow them to be so successful.

For the cohort of students who attended year 11 and sat exams this year, 69% achieved grades 9 to 4 in both their English and maths GCSEs — the highest ever set of results for the school and a fantastic 15% improvement on last year.

Additionally, this cohort achieved 45% grades 9 to 5, which is an increase of 10% on last year. In fact, there were improvements in all aspects of the school results, including the EBac and for our most able students.

This year we have also seen a huge increase in the number of grade 9s attained, with a good spread of results across all subjects and at least one grade 9 achieved in every single course. A significant number of students achieved an average score equivalent to a grade 7 or above and, on average, all higher attaining students achieved a grade above national progress targets in at least five subjects.

Some of our highest performing students were:

  • Alex Sharman — Six grade 9s, three grade 8s, and two grade 7s.
  • Jo Gurr — Five grade 9s, distinction*, two grade 8s, two grade 7s, and a grade 6.
  • Farrell Morgan — Two grade 9s, six grade 8s, a grade 7, and a grade 6.
  • Maddie Watson — Three grade 9s, distinction*, two grade 8s, two grade 7s, a grade 6, and a grade 5.
  • Ella Beale — Two grade 9s, two distinction*, two grade 8s, two grade 7s, and two grade 6s.
  • Rose Martin — Three grade 9s, one grade 8, three grade 7s, merit, and three grade 6s.

Another highlight has been the second consecutive year of improvement in progress for all students. Devizes School, based on these results, is now adding significant value to students’ grades. Over two-thirds of all year 11 students exceeded national progress targets. 27% of all students exceeded these national targets, on average, by more than one grade per subject.

Emily Miles — who achieved three distinction*, two grade 8s, two grade 7s, two grade 6s, and a grade 4 — was the highest performing in terms of progress, achieving the equivalent of an incredible three grades higher in every single subject compared to national progress targets.

The following students all achieved, in terms of progress, the equivalent of at least two grades higher in every single subject:

  • Jacob Urda — One grade 9, distinction*, three grade 8s, three grade 7s, a grade 6, and a grade 4.
  • Joe Davis — One distinction*, two grade 8s, two grade 7s, and five grade 6s.
  • Angelika Lula — One distinction*, three grade 7s, four grade 6s, and a grade 5.
  • Samir Hossain — Two grade 9s, distinction*, one grade 8, one grade 5, two grade 4s, and two grade 3s.
  • Jess Noyce — One grade 9, distinction*, three grade 8s, two grade 7s, a grade 6, and a grade 5.
  • Wiktoria Sobel — Distinction, one grade 8, one grade 6, six grade 5s, and two grade 4s.
  • Maia Burgess — One grade 9, distinction, one grade 8, three grade 7s, three grade 6s, and a grade 5.

Every school GCSE record has been broken by this wonderful group of students with whom I’m so proud to be associated. There are so many fabulous individual successes meaning that all the students are fulfilling their ambitions. The majority of students have secured places in Devizes Sixth Form College, while many also confirmed apprenticeships and gained places at other colleges.

We are so very proud of the students’ overall performance and no matter what our year 11 students decide to do, we wish them the very best of luck for the future.

In conjunction with last week’s excellent A-level results, this continues to be a very successful time for Devizes School, and I am really looking forward to an exciting future continuing to be part of The White Horse Federation.

Phil Bevan,

Principal

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