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GCSE Results 2017

Last year saw South Dartmoor Community College (SDCC) placed as the highest attaining school in at least a 75 mile radius and ranked 27th nationally when compared to similar schools where students made more progress than any school in Dartmoor, Newton Abbot and Torbay. Despite the financial challenges schools are experiencing nationally and changes in the curriculum with the new 1-9 grading system in English and Maths (reflecting the reformed and more increased challenging content), high quality teaching and learning has remained at the heart of SDCC. This year 62% of our students achieved at least a standard pass in both English and Maths and at least 3 other A*-C GCSE grades (i.e. the ‘old’ 5 or more A*-C grades), with 95 % and 92% achieving 5 or more and 8 or more A*-G grades respectively.

Under the new 1-9 grading in English and Maths, any student achieving a grade 9 ranks them in the top 5 percent of the top 20 percent of students in the entire county. From this year’s cohort, 8 students achieved this ‘gold’ standard in English and 4 students in Maths.

Exceptional performances also include:

Hannah Ashford (10 x A*, 1 x A, 1 x 9, 1 x 8 and 1 x Distinction* Grades)
Heather Cory (7 x A*, 3 x A, 1 x 9, 1 x 8 and 1 x Distinction* Grades)
Charlotte Woods (8 x A*, 3 x A, 1 x 9, 1 x 8 and 1 x Distinction* Grades)
Amber Stone (5 x A*, 3 x A, 1 x 9, 1 x 8 and 1 x Distinction* Grades)
Amy Smart (7 x A*, 1 x A, 1 x 9, 1 x 8 and 1 x Distinction* Grades)
James Reynolds (3 x A*, 4 x A, 2 x 8 and 1 x Distinction* Grades)
Alex Still (4 x A*, 4 x A, 2 x 9 and 1 x Distinction* Grades)

These results are the culmination of the hard work and dedication of the students and staff who always believed in them. Whilst I applaud both, I must also thank the parents, guardians and carers who entrust their children’s education to us at SDCC and who give such strong support to our students and staff, highlighting the fact that education is truly a collaborative effort.

Naturally raw grades are very important to the life chances of all students and will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything. These grades do not necessarily reflect the vast array of enrichment activities SDCC has to offer and embarked upon by the majority of our students, predominantly in their own time, thus making them more rounded students and impacting on their ability to make a positive contribution to their future career path and society as a whole.

I look forward to welcoming most of our Year 11 students back to flourish in our exceptional and incredibly successful 6th form, but also our new Year 7 students who will commence their secondary education with us in September.
Paul Collins
Head of School
South Dartmoor Community College