South Devon High School pupils celebrate GCSE success

There’s reason to  today as South Devon High School pupils collect their GCSE results. Over 70% achieved a grade 9-4 in English, Maths and Science. There was high achievement in other subjects too, with a 100% pass rate for Sport, Coaching and Public Services; 81% achievement (at Distinction*- Merit) in Hospitality and 71%, A*- B grade, in Childcare.

Noah Blake, 16 from Torquay, achieved grades 9-6 in a range of subjects including;  English Literature, Maths, Art, Photography and History. He now plans to specialise in either Marine Biology or Psychology, he said: “I chose South Devon High School because it offered me exactly what I needed. Not only did it allow me to embrace who I truly was without being scared, it also allowed me to thrive in class due to the amazing and kind teachers that were always willing to help! I did not feel pressured at all to perform a certain way and I was purely allowed to be the best of myself!”

Noah’s mum, Victoria, added: “I have been consistently impressed with the level of teaching at South Devon High School. The teachers here genuinely care about the students’ progress and offer an exceptional level of support. I honestly cannot express how grateful I am to the High School for guiding my son through his GCSEs and helping him to achieve so well. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending South Devon High School to any parent looking to give their child the opportunity to thrive in an environment that steps outside of the standard and into the amazing.”

Jack Hannaford-Hill, 16 from Paignton, studied GCSE subjects in Business Studies, Sociology, History, Geography, English, Maths and Science achieving grades 5-8 across these subjects. He now plans to study A Levels at South Devon College. Jack said: “When I heard about South Devon High School, I knew that it was the perfect choice for me. It has a professional learning environment, friendly staff and a lovely school building. I also knew that South Devon College and University Centre South Devon was all in the same place – making it the perfect choice! The teachers are extremely kind and helpful. I also made a lot of friends – a few of which I believe are life-long friends!”

Matt Burrows, Head of South Devon High School said: “I am incredibly proud of the accomplishments of our pupils. They have every reason to take pride in their achievements and the positive strides they’ve taken. These results stand as a remarkable testament to the dedication our pupils have shown, and the exceptional guidance and support provided by the staff here. I wish them all the best as they embark on their exciting future endeavours, many advancing to A Levels, apprenticeships, or technical and professional courses here at South Devon College.”

South Devon High School combines academic and technical qualifications with great opportunity for progression into further and higher education. With a national kitemark for careers and employability alongside learning, young people can develop the skills that employers need both in the south west and beyond.

Pupils work with state of the art, industry standard, equipment and resources which include access to the South Devon College Sports Centre and Hi Tech & Digital Centre. The College is home to University Centre South Devon (UCSD) which has strong links with the University of Plymouth and with a wide range of local and regional employers, meaning your entire education journey can be done locally.

If you’re interested in studying further or higher education, there’s still time to apply – just visit The College’s expert team are in place to assist with progression to a variety of different pathways that your new qualifications will make possible, simply call 08000 380 123 or email them at

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