The town’s private schools were celebrating another successful year.
Of the 124 Year 11 pupils at Eastbourne College, 99.1 per cent achieved five or more A* to C grades, with more than 96 per cent of all exams taken scoring A* to C. Eighty-two of the year group notched up five or more As or A*s. More than 28 per cent of grades awarded were A*.
Nineteen pupils achieved at least eight A*s, with top student Kajal Radia gaining a clean sweep of 13 A* grades.
Over the last five years almost two-thirds of all GCSE grades achieved by pupils at the College have been A* or A.
Headmaster Simon Davies said, “Despite a national warning by Ofqual that grades awarded for core subjects in 2013 may be lower than in previous years, I am delighted that once again the College is celebrating a superb set of results and I offer my congratulations to all those – pupils and teachers – whose hard work and dedication against a busy backdrop of art, music, drama and sport have made these results possible.”
At Bede’s, ten per cent of students achieved straight A or A* grades. This is the fourth straight year that the school has produced its best GCSE results.
The proportion of A* grades at GCSE has doubled at Bede’s since 2010, with A and A*s now constituting 40 per cent of all grades at the school. This year, 67 per cent of all Bede’s pupils achieved at least one A or A* grade, with the percentage of A* to C grades at Bede’s rising again this year, to 92 per cent.
Individual triumphs this year included Bogdan Kagan from Pevensey, who achieved 11 A* grades and Anthony Bracuti from Eastbourne, who achieved 9 A* and 3 A grades.
Bede’s head Dr Richard Maloney said, “Everyone at Bede’s is extremely proud of our GCSE pupils – and not just those who achieved top grades.
“These results prove, with persuasive empirical evidence, that our belief in personalised, holistic education breeds success in the classroom as well as beyond it.”
Moira House students achieved 86.2 per cent A* to C passes. Nearly 28 per cent of the girls achieved A* grades, and 49.2 per cent achieved A* and A.
Jasmine Castledine achieved 10 A*s, Dhivyaa Shanker got seven A*s and three As and Jasmina Manville achieved seven A*s and two As.
Alicia Buck, Elizabeth Burge, Megan Burr, Anna Davison, Laura Foddy, Rosie Toner and Chloe Pollard were also named as high achievers.
Lesley Watson, principal, said, “I am absolutely delighted with the achievements of all our students. These are our best results in the last five years.
“The success of the girls is very much deserved and a testament to all their hard work.
“I must also thank all our staff who supported the girls throughout their GCSE courses.
“Their guidance was invaluable.”