Students from Eastbourne College are celebrating after a very strong set of GCSE results.
All 120 Year 11 pupils at the school achieved five or more A*-C grades, with 25% of all grades at A*. While 67 of the year group got five or more A* or A grades.
Twelve pupils achieved at least 8A*s, with top pupil Katya Goodwin gaining 11 A* and one A. Millie Ngai Lenoir and Isabella Ripley each also gained a clean sweep of 11 A*s.
Close behind were Ben Hughes with 10A* and 2As, James Martin with 10A*, 1A and 1B as well as Charles Hendry and Martha Piper who both achieved 9A* and 2As.
All of the Year 10 pupils who sat their maths GCSE a year early achieved an A* grade.
Headmaster Simon Davies welcomed the results, he said, “We are delighted with what the girls and boys who took GCSEs in June have achieved by working hard and making the most of the first class teaching and support available to them at the College.
“Of course it is uplifting to see those who have long lists of A*s after their names, but it is every bit as exciting to see others who have, for instance, 6As and 4Bs and know that this is a triumph for them given their underlying academic ability – the very definition of real and impressive value added!”
Mr Davies continued, “Headline figures are all very well, but what really counts is how each and every young person has done versus their own potential.
“Through a combination of their own efforts, high expectations, and plenty of support and challenge from those who teach and mentor them, very many of this year’s GCSE candidates have done themselves proud.
“All the way across the ability range young people have exceeded high realistic expectations and together produced results in line with or better than more selective schools.
“As well as doing all we can to ensure that our girls and boys perform well in public exams, we work hard to develop young people who will live fulfilled and successful adult lives.
“We achieve this by means of a very full co-curricular programme and a strong pastoral system that places an emphasis on developing young people’s values.
“Anyone who employs young people knows that exam grades are one thing; the ability to work hard, make teams work, show integrity, courtesy and kindness to all are another thing altogether.”