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A Level Success for Devon College



Students at South Dartmoor Community College and Atrium Sixth Form are celebrating, after initial figures indicated they have achieved another set of strong results - maintaining their position as one of the highest performing sixth forms in the county.


Many students have gained top grades (A*) in one or more subjects and will secure places at top universities. Provisional projections suggest more than 35% of those applying to higher education will progress to a Russell Group university. There were also significant gains in BTEC and CTEC studies.

With an overall 98% pass rate`(an increase on last year), more than 20% of students were awarded A*- A, 44% achieved an A* - B and 71% were graded A* - C. Eleven students achieved A*, four of those attaining two A*, with more under review.


The Head of Sixth Form, Jared Baldwin, said: “All our students have achieved the grades they needed to progress to their chosen higher education destinations. I would like to congratulate students on the grades achieved and recognise the hard work and effort they and our staff have made during a difficult time. The spread of success across a broad range of subject areas underpins the in strength and depth of the sixth form. The results and student progress are particularly pleasing given we have open entry and are not a selective college.


“We know that a number of our students, including our highest achievers, have succeeded in the face of formidable personal obstacles, even before Covid-19 became an issue; including serious personal and family health issues, personal challenges and significant disadvantage and we are particularly proud of their success.”


Emma Dixon, Deputy Head Teacher, said: “We are delighted for our students, the results are really strong and may yet get stronger with appeals. We will be doing everything we can to support students if we feel they have been unfairly treated in the circumstances we find ourselves in. It is a testament to how well our teachers know our students, the excellent relationships combined with outstanding subject knowledge has resulted in a set of results that the college is exceptionally proud of. We look forward to watching South Dartmoor students flourish in the next stage of their educational journey, whatever that may be.”


Individual success included: Tom Spurrell and Emily Mant who will continue the sixth form’s proud track record of students continuing to go on to study medicine. Twins Chloe and Shannon Whittle, who both achieved a distinction star and two distinctions in CTEC Sport and are both going to Plymouth MarJon University to continue their studies in sports related fields. Josh Orrell, who gained a place with EDF's Degree Apprenticeship scheme, in the face of intense competition.

Other outstanding outcomes included:

  • Kieran Till - two A*, two As

  • Sam Hodgeson - three distinction stars

  • Sapphire Juno-Abbott - two As and one distinction star

  • Safiya Joscelyne - one A*, two As

  • Joshua Medland-Grey - three distinction stars

  • Tom Spurrell - two A*, one A, one B

  • Tara Micheals - two A* and one B

  • Emily Mant - two As and one B

  • Raph Allnatt - one A* and two As


For more information please contact news@southdartmoor.devon.sch.uk or call Lucy Atherton, SDCC Comms, on 0778 6688833.



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