Our bespoke teaching and small class sizes empowers pupils to achieve excellent exam results and we pride ourselves on our strong performances across the School.
We are proud of our pupils and all they achieve, as demonstrated here by our GCSE and iGCSE examination performances over the past five years:
A*C / 9-4 89% | A*B / 9-6 72% | A*A / 9-7 53% with our average points being 6.0.
In an unprecedented year, results were awarded on the basis of the teaching staff’s professional judgement of the pupil's prior performance in their academic studies. This, combined with their knowledge of the pupils as individuals, formed the grades awarded from Plymouth College (known as our Centre Assessed Grades).
The planned moderation of these predictions was overturned this week, and so today’s awards are largely our Centre Assessed Grades, or a standardised score from the examination board - whichever grade is higher. It has been a challenging time for all and we are incredibly proud of the resilience and dedication of our pupils and staff.
There were a number of excellent achievements by pupils that have embraced the holistic education that Plymouth College offers. Academic performances were many and varied, with a number of our pupils achieving nine or more A* or equivalent grades, with stand out performer Rocky Dutta, achieving exclusively A*/9 grades at the age of 15.
There were also outstanding results for Ben Abbott, Eugenio Fatti, Daniel Coles, Megan Shorey and Aidan Bath. Twins, Poppy and Sasha Sathasivam and Danielle and Georgia Trathen combined their wide sporting and creative interests with excellent academic results, achieving an impressive 33 A*/A or equivalent grades between them. In addition, four of our pupils completed the Higher Project Qualification project with all four being awarded A* grades. This independent learning project will benefit the pupils immensely in their further studies and this year's subjects included ‘How can science stop or slow aging?’ by Rocky Dutta and ‘Market leaders in the film industry’ by Lex Irish.
Our young sportsmen and women, have delivered outstanding results, alongside their sporting successes, with notable achievements including Abagael Black (who represented Great Britain in fencing), and from swimmers Sophie de Groot (British Championships and Olympic trials, 2021), Sophie Freeman (European Junior Finalist, 2019) and James Hart (British Championships and Olympic trials in 200m butterfly, 2021), all of whom have managed their academic studies at the same time as maintaining a gruelling training regime and excelling in their chosen sports. Success looks different for everyone and at Plymouth College we encourage and support all pupils to exceed their potential, whatever that may be, including Lex Irish who combined his notable contributions to drama with an outstanding set of GCSE results. There are simply too many talented pupils for us to name and we are delighted for them all.
Jo Hayward, Head, said: “Despite this being such a unique year, I am delighted for our Year 11 pupils and the results reflect the hard work they have put in during their time at Plymouth College. They have shown such strength in character over recent months and I’m incredibly proud of each and every one of them. As our Upper Sixth pupils head off to leading universities next month, I’m looking forward to welcoming our Year 11s back, alongside those new pupils joining our Sixth Form from other local and international schools. I’m sure they are excited about starting the next chapter in their lives."
During the school closure last term, our Year 11’s took advantage of our dedicated ‘Hub’ which was full of A Level and BTEC pre-work to give them the best start for their Sixth Form years. Pupils had access to a host of resources and were able to choose their own pathway during lockdown, with contact and support from members of staff.