GCSE RESULTS: Grade boundary changes ‘affected Eastbourne Academy results’

Keith Pailthorpe, Head of Eastbourne Academy. SUS-150519-152046001

Keith Pailthorpe, Head of Eastbourne Academy. SUS-150519-152046001

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The principal of the Eastbourne Academy says changing grade boundaries has affected the school’s GCSE results.

Just 34 percent of pupils at the academy managed to gain A*-C grades in five subjects or more, including English and maths.

But principal Keith Pailthorpe said that despite this, he remains proud of pupils’ achievements.

He said: “We cannot hide our disappointment that these results reflect yet another change in the national examination boundaries which have perversely affected students who arrive at secondary school with lower prior attainment.

“Despite this, students at The Eastbourne Academy have performed exceptionally well in many of their GCSE subjects and this one headline figure should not detract from their overall achievement.”

He added: “We congratulate the following students who have achieved a very high number of A* and A grades at GCSE: Luis Gouveia, Josie Phillips and Elysa Piccinini, with a special mention to Nour Karkach and Ria Brook who combined excellent GCSE results with a great performance as head boy and head girl during the year.”

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