Nearly 200 pupils at Eastbourne College were celebrating the release of GCSE results today – and with good reason.
For the fourth year in a row, more than 60 per cent of all exams were graded A or A*, and more than half of all year 11 students have a set of results that includes 5 or more grades at A or A*.
Top student was Hamish Auld with an outstanding clean sweep of 14 A* grades, followed by Iona Maxwell, whose 13 A* grades matched her sister's record last year.
Christopher Morgan (11A*/3A), Alice Lacey (11A*/2A), Alex Kazamia (10A*/3A) and Edward Hickman Casey (10A*/2A) were close behind them, whilst Nina McIntyre gained a remarkable set of 15 GCSEs, all at A* or A.
Forty-one younger pupils took GCSEs early, in modern languages, maths and Latin, gaining 58 A and A* grades between them and setting themselves up to challenge for top spot next year.
This year saw College students taking the IGCSE examination in maths for the first time, rather than the normal GCSE, and head of maths, James Wooldridge, said he was very happy with the results achieved in this new, more rigorous examination.
Headmaster Simon Davies was delighted with the overall results, commenting that they "were a reflection of the hard work of both pupils and staff, and thoroughly vindicated the College's belief that outstanding academic results arise from a commitment to all-round education both in and out of the classroom".