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Exeter College Celebrates Its Best Ever Set of Academic Results, Again!

By August 16, 2018January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates, Why Exeter blog

Exeter College is again celebrating its best ever set of academic A Level Results today – with students setting a new record for the number of the very highest results, well in excess of all national averages.

Students at the college from across Devon and beyond recorded exceptional results – a new college record of 61% of A Level students achieved the highest (A*, A, B) grades, well above the average in England of 52.7%.

The college saw an overall pass rate of 99.5% at A Level, 86% A*-C grades, with 29 subjects achieving a 100% pass rate, including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, Economics, and Sociology.  In Mathematics and Law 41% of students achieved an A or an A* and in Fine Art 45% secured an A or an A*, showing that students excelled right across the range of subjects offered by the college. 

The world class results saw a remarkable number of students achieve the very top A* grades – with a stunning 174 A* grades awarded. This year’s results across AS and A Level saw a record-breaking 99 students achieve coveted straight A*s and As in their subjects. 

Exeter College A Level Results 2018 – Best Ever Academic Results, Again! Well in Excess of All National Averages


Exeter College – Best Ever Academic Results, Again!

National Averages

Overall Pass Rate



A*/A Grades



High Grades (A*, A, B)



A*-C Grades




Today’s results confirm Exeter College’s continued upward trajectory as the first choice, Ofsted Outstanding, academic college in Devon, with a supportive environment, expertise from specialist subject teachers and a choice of nearly 40 A Level subjects, as well as the International Baccalaureate (IB). 

These results mean a record number of students have secured a place at first-choice high tariff university Russell Group and world class universities, Oxford and Cambridge, and employment, in addition to the very best performing art, music and dance academies. 

Subjects in which students achieved an exceptional set of high grades (A*, A and B) included: History (72%), Graphic Design (88%), German (89%), Economics (74%), Sociology (69%) and Further Mathematics (79%). Meanwhile, Politics saw one in five students achieve the very top possible A Level grade of A*. 

In subjects offered to challenge and stretch students at the college, 91% of students who undertook the Extended Project achieved high grades and in the new Government priority of Core Maths nearly a quarter of students achieve an A grade.

Meanwhile, the college has seen world class results for its International Baccalaureate (IB), with nearly a quarter (22%) of students achieving 40+ points (equivalent of five A Levels at A*/A), the college’s highest set of results which puts them in the top five per cent of students in the world. 

Congratulating students at Exeter College on this year’s remarkable 
academic results, John Laramy, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted by these absolutely stunning results – which confirm that Exeter College is among the best sixth form colleges in the entire country.  I’d like to congratulate all of the students for this truly exceptional set of academic results for the college, which are truly record breaking. 

“Every year it becomes harder to beat the last, but this year our students have done just that – and again, they have enabled us to yet again celebrate our best ever results.

“I’d like to thank our teaching and support staff for everything they have done that has contributed to these stellar results, last year we changed our timetable to reflect the very best sixth form providers in our country, and from these results it is clear that our investment in the student experience continues to make a difference to young people and their ambitions”.

Jona Metcalf, from Exeter, celebrated straight triple A*s (A*, A*, A*) and is now off to the University of Cambridge.   

Kira Lewis, from Taunton, achieved straight As in her exams, (A, A, A*) and is off to study at King’s College London.

She said: “I'm really happy with my results this year, achieving an A* and two As. The opportunities I've had since coming to Exeter College have been great, including serving as Student Governor for a year.”

Jade Otty, the college’s Assistant Principal who is responsible for the academic curriculum, said: “We are delighted with this year’s results. Our young people have worked hard to ensure they have achieved their very best, and we are all immensely proud of the exceptional progress our learners make.

“Our commitment here at Exeter College is to give students the opportunity to be taught by subject specialists with a true passion for the subjects we offer at AS and A Level.  

“Alongside our excellent teaching, we have exceptional pastoral care and support as part of our tutorial system, which has helped our young people to thrive and enjoy their time with us as well as achieve amazing results. We’d like to wish all of our students the very best for their future.”

Today many students who study applied and technical subjects are also celebrating excellent results, they too, like our academic students, are using their excellent results to enable them to progress, either onto to university or for an increasing number, into paid employment as an Apprentice.

Exeter College would like to congratulate all of its students and staff who are celebrating this year’s record breaking results.