Eastbourne students celebrate GCSE results

Students at Willingdon Community School celebrate
Students at Willingdon Community School celebrate

SCHOOLS across Eastbourne celebrated yesterday as GCSE results were released.

After many weeks of waiting, excited teenagers from across the town’s schools opened their exam result envelopes.

Many of Eastbourne’s state schools were boasting a record year and the head teachers from each school thanked and congratulated pupils and teachers on their efforts.

Bishop Bell enjoyed its 14th consecutive year-on-year increase in GCSE success, which is a feat unrivalled by any other school in England. Headteacher Terry Boatwright said he was ‘delighted’ with yet another record-breaking year.

A spokesperson from East Sussex County Council said results from the 27 schools across the county had not been collated at the time of going to press, but the council hopes 2011 will be another record year for East Sussex.

THE top performing state schools in Eastbourne were Willingdon and Bishop Bell and they both improved on last year’s figures.

Ninety-three per cent of Willingdon pupils achieved five or more A* to C grade GCSEs and 66 per cent of them included maths and English. Willingdon’s 93 per cent figure is up from 81 per cent achieved by last year’s pupils.

Bishop Bell had 98 per cent of it pupils achieve five or more A* to C grades with 65 per cent of those including maths and English.

Ian Jungius, Willingdon headteacher, said, “Another year of outstanding results, yet again exceeding national targets, including a rise of 12 per cent in the percentage of students passing five or more higher grade GCSEs.

“These results place the school among the highest achieving schools nationally and demonstrate the all-round achievement of students of all abilities, with 30 per cent of the grades being at A* or A grade. Our congratulations go to all our students and their teachers.”

Terry Boatwright, Bishop Bell executive headteacher, said, “We are delighted by our fourteenth consecutive year-on-year increase in examination success; a feat unrivalled by any school in England.

“These results are a credit to our pupils, their parents and to staff.”

THE Causeway, which is in partnership with Bishop Bell and also has Terry Boatwright as headteacher, improved on its overall 2010 result with 96 per cent of pupils achieving five or more A* to C GCSEs – up from 89 per cent last year.

However, 57 per cent of those included maths and English, which is a two per cent decrease on last year’s result.

Mr Boatwright said, “These are astounding results. Over the last five years examination attainment for both those indicators has more than doubled and provides clear evidence of the success of the Bishop Bell Causeway Partnership.

“Staff, students and parents are to be congratulated for this monumental achievement.”

There was also a large increase in students at The Causeway gaining A and A* grades this year.

CAVENDISH School’s results were slightly down on last year with 77 per cent achieving five or more A* to C grades and 60 per cent of those including maths and English. This compares with last year’s figures of 80 per cent getting five or more A* to C grades and 62 per cent of those including maths and English.

Cavendish head Kenny Fitzpatrick said he was delighted to report an outstanding set of results for Cavendish School students across the full range of qualifications at GCSE, A Level, and vocational.

He said, “On behalf of the school governors I would like to congratulate all our students for achieving this success, and to thank the staff for their continued hard work and professionalism.”

THE Eastbourne Academy, formerly known as Eastbourne Technology College, announced its first GCSE results under the new school name after re-branding itself in September last year.

The school fared well with 91 per cent of pupils getting five or more A* to C grades, up from 72 per cent last year, and 34 per cent of those included maths and English – down one percent on 2010’s result.

Principal Keith Pailthorpe said, “These results represent another record-breaking year overall, and show excellent progress and substantial student achievement.

“This year - for the first time ever - over 99 per cent of all students achieved at least five GCSEs and every single student, whatever their special needs or starting point, managed to get at least one GCSE grade.”

RATTON School improved on last year’s results with 76 per cent of its pupils gaining five or more A* to C grades and 60 per cent of those included maths and English. The figure which includes maths and English is up five percentage points on last year.

David Linsell, Ratton’s head, said, “We are delighted with our results.

“Once again, the pass rate has improved faster than the national average and we have exceeded our targets.

“These are our best ever results and we are proud to be able to say that we have significantly improved the life chances and opportunities of our students.

“The determination, skill and efforts of staff, students and parents has led to record levels of success; ‘achieving together’ in action.”

HAILSHAM Community College reported a record breaking year for results.

The percentage of pupils achieving five or more A* to C passes including English and Maths was 59 per cent.

Lesley Farmer, principal at the college, said, “This year’s results convey excellent progress and substantial and sustained student improvement.

Furthermore, we are delighted to announce that around a third of our learners achieved A grades and around a quarter achieved three or more A* and A grades.

“This is tremendous news for the college and is a terrific testament to the hard work and support provided by staff and parents this year. Most of all, however, it reflects the commitment and dedication of our Year 11 students.”

THE town’s independent schools were also celebrating with Eastbourne College boasting a 100 per cent pass rate.

The 119 Year 11 pupils at Eastbourne College scored 61 per cent A or A*, with more than 70 per cent of pupils notching up five or more As or A*s.

This is the school’s eighth consecutive year in which more than 60 per cent of grades have been awarded A or A* at GCSE. Fourteen pupils achieved at least eight A*s.

Simon Davies, Eastbourne College head, said, “I am delighted that the college is celebrating yet again a superb set of results and I offer my congratulations to all those – pupils and teachers – whose hard work and dedication have made these results possible.

“It is often the case, as it is this year, that the headline figure obscures the fact that the whole year group has performed strongly against its underlying ability.

“It is precisely because of this that league tables are so misleading, and this is why Eastbourne College continues not to take part in them.”

Moira House Girls School’s overall pass rate of A* to C grades was 84 per cent with nearly 42 per cent of all grades achieved being A* or A, and 87 per cent passing five or more subjects.

Lesley Watson, principal of Moira House, said, “We are all absolutely delighted with the achievements of all our students.

“Their success is well deserved and a testament to all their hard work. I must also thank our staff, who have provided significant support.”