GCSE ROUND-UP: Students across the area celebrate top results

Causeway GCSE Students L-R: Rachel Harrison, Monia Fatalla & Emily Graham SUS-150820-134856001
Causeway GCSE Students L-R: Rachel Harrison, Monia Fatalla & Emily Graham SUS-150820-134856001

The nervous wait for GCSE results finally came to an end this week, with many of the schools in the area turning in some strong performances.

Willingdon Community School achieved an impressive set of GCSE results which will see the school placed in the top 25 percent nationally for the tenth year running.

Bishop Bell GCSE Student s Celebrate SUS-150820-134845001

Bishop Bell GCSE Student s Celebrate SUS-150820-134845001

An impressive 73 percent of students achieved the benchmark five or more A*-C grades, including English and maths - the school’s second best set of results ever.

Headteacher Ian Jungius said: “Congratulations to all the students who have performed so well, including 41 percent of them who have achieved the English Baccalaureate, a rise of over 20 percent. 34 percent of all grades were at A*/A.”

Ratton School celebrated an improvement in its GCSE results following a dip last year. In 2014 just 55 percent of students got A*-C grades in five or more subjects, including English and maths.

But this year that figure has jumped to 64 percent - the same figure achieved in 2013.

Top GCSE students SUS-150820-112616001

Top GCSE students SUS-150820-112616001

Huxley Knox-Macaulay, headteacher, said the school had made “tremendous progress” in the past year.

Bishop Bell remains in the top 20 percent of schools nationally, despite a slight dip in the number of students gaining five or more A*-C grades including English and maths.

68 percent of pupils reached this standard - slightly down on 71 percent for 2014 and 2013.

But the hard-work of students and teachers alike was enough to ensure Bishop Bell keeps its position in the top 20 percent of schools nationally.

Headteacher Mark Talbot said the results maintained the school’s “high standards”.

Meanwhile Cavendish School saw the number of pupils hitting the benchmark five-plus A*-C, including maths and English, fall from 62 percent to 56 percent.

But there was one outstanding success story from the school in the form of Joseph Hills, who achieved a jaw-dropping 14 A* grades.

Causeway School saw its headline result fall from 43 percent to 34 percent.

Headteacher Gene Payne, said the change in grade boundaries affected the results. He said: “It is upsetting that many of our students are personally feeling the differential impact of the recent changes to the exam system grade boundaries.

“I am, however, confident that Causeway students’ attitude and resilience will enable them to move forward to the next stage of their education.”

Eastbourne Academy, which had a headline figure of 34, also blamed altered grade boundaries. But principal Keith Pailthorpe said he remained proud of pupils’ achievements.

Hailsham Community College maintained a solid headline figure of 48 percent, while Seaford Head achieved its best results ever with 75 percent - the second year running results exceeded 70 percent.

All 120 Year 11 pupils at Eastbourne College achieved five or more A*-C grades, with 25 percent of all grades at A*, while 67 of the year group got five or more A* or A grades.

Students at Moira House Girls School performed well above their predicted grades with 20 per cent of all grades being A*. Around 83 per cent of the girls acheived five or more A* to C grades.

Bede’s pupils have achieved GCSE results matching last year’s best-ever performance at the school.

There were scenes of celebration as it was revealed more than 90 percent of students scooped all grades at A*-C, while 80 percent achieved all A or A* grades.

For the full results story from Willingdon Community School, click here.

For the full results story from Ratton School, click here.

For the full results story from Bishop Bell, click here.

For the full results story from Cavendish School, click here.

For the full results story from Causeway School, click here.

For the full results story from Eastbourne Academy, click here.

For the full results story from Hailsham Community College, click here.

For the full results story from Seaford Head School, click here.

For the full results story from Eastbourne College, click here.

For the full results story from Moira House Girls School, click here.

For the full results story from Bede’s School, click here.

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