Students in Hailsham celebrated this week as results for both GCSEs and A-Levels were announced.
And the local picture reflects national upheaval at Government changes to the exam system.
While the sixth-formers at Hailsham - who got their A-Level results last Thursday (August 14) - walked away with an impressive set of results, the view at GCSE was mixed.
Every A-Level student got the results they needed to enter a university of their choice, with the overall results figures up on last year.
At GCSE, though there were outstanding individual performances, Hailsham Community College dropped eight points in the all-important benchmark of number of students who gained five or more GCSEs at A*-C, including English and Maths.
In 2013, 57 per cent of students achieved this, while on Thursday (August 21), 49 per cent followed suit.
Hailsham principal Phil Mathews congratulated the students, adding,“This is a terrific testament to the support provided by staff and parents this year. Most of all, however, it reflects the commitment and dedication of our Year 11 students.”
Elsewhere across Eastbourne, school heads accounted for a similarly mixed clutch of GCSE results by describing “a time of nationally acknowledged volatility in the examination system,” as Causeway headteacher Gene Payne put it.
Speaking after the A-Level results were announced, the Hailsham head of sixth form Simon Marsden said, “I am extremely proud of these students and the results that they have achieved.
“The fact that we had a 100 per cent success rate with our university applications, and that all of our students are either moving into further training, employment or voluntary experience, is a real positive outcome and reward for their hard work.”
Sixth form teachers were delighted after students managed to boost the average grade to C across the cohort - the first time a year group has managed this.
And while the average achievement at GCSE level dropped since 2013, there were some star performers who bucked the trend. These included Jessica Woodhams (5A*, 5A, 1B), Matthew Thomas (2A*, 8A), Michael Cullen (5A*, 4A) and Lauren Elliott (5A*, 4A, 3B). The school thanked parents and staff for their support over the past academic year.