Principal Mason attributed the advance in grades to "improving the quality of teaching and carefully tracking students". She also emphasised the significance of students and teachers "working very hard" to improve the college's academic standards.
Three KEVICC’s students, Georgia, Katie and Amy, were celebrating after receiving their results exclaiming: “We’ve got into college!”
Nearby Kingsbridge Community College achieved 70 per cent of results graded at A* to C, including English and Mathematics, remaining at exactly the same standard as last year. They have succeeded in coming thirteenth in the BBC News Secondary school league tables in Devon, only topped by predominantly independent and grammar schools. Students at South Dartmoor Community College (SDCC) have achieved good results, too, with 62 per cent of students gaining five or more A*-C grades including English and Mathematics. However, this is down on last year’s grades by 3 per cent and marks a significant turn around in grades between KEVICC and SDCC. SDCC also achieved record Science results, with over 90 per cent of students gaining two A* to C Science GCSEs.
Nationwide, the number of students in England that achieved grades A* to C were down by 1.5 per cent on last year, the first ever fall in GCSE grades since the exams were introduced 24 years ago.
Kate Mason, principal of KEVICC, acknowledged all the hard work of KEVICC students, thanked the parents for their support, and sent her congratulations to all the students at KEVICC who received their GCSE results today.
In recent months KEVICC has made local and national headlines after the decision to reintroduce of school uniform. The uniform is set to come into force as the new term begins next month, despite protests from groups such as KEVICC Deserves Better.