Eastbourne College pupils and staff are celebrating another year of what headteacher Tom Lawson has called excellent GCSE results.
The college head said pupils have performed superbly under the new, arguably more challenging, 9 to 1 grade system.
With a mix of old and new grading systems, close to 96 per cent of this year’s 118 Year 11 pupils achieved five or more 9 to 4 grades (equivalent 96 per cent A*-C), with 30 per cent of all grades at 9 and 8 (equivalent to A* or better).
Fifty-eight pupils achieved at least five A*-A / 9-7 grades which represented roughly half the year group.
Some 106 pupils (90 per cent) secured at least one 8, 9 or A*.
The college once again celebrated outstanding science results with the percentage of 9 to 7 grades in biology of 93 per cent, chemistry 95 per cent and physics 86 per cent.
Also performing well, pupils in history (which used the old alphabetical system this year) were awarded 90 per cent A* to B grades.
Sixteen pupils achieved eight or more 9, 8 or A* grades, with leading performers Shaumya Kularajan gaining 10 9, 2A* and a B in further maths, Sophie Nicholles gaining 11 9 and an A* and Chloe Cox and Luke Muschialli both with nine 9, one 8 and 2A*.
Outstanding performances also came from Billy Nicholles (six 9, four 8, 1A* and one 7), Henry Turnbull (six 9, three 8 and 2A*), Joseph Shouksmith (five 9, three 8, 2A*, one 7 and one 6), Maximilian Schnuppe (four 9, three 8, 3A* and one 7), Rae Greenhow (three 9, four 8, 3A* and one 7), Christian Phillips (five 9, one 8, 3A* and one 7), Isaac Chu (three 9, one 8, 4A*, two 7, 1A and one 6), Joshua Mantle (one 9, six 8, 3A*, one 7 and one 5), Sam Anderson (four 9, one 8, 2A*, two 7, 1A and one 6), Ella Lloyd (four 9, four 8, 1A* and two 7), George Pool (four 9, two 8, 2A*, 1A and one 5) and Ella Goddard (three 9, five 8, 1A* and two 7).
Other noteworthy performances included: Adam Armitage, Theo Bevacqua, Chelsea Chung, Ben Fox, Philipp Frank, Thomas Goodenough, Anna Hassell, Daisy Holden-Craufurd, Timur Mikhaylov, Bede Rowlands and Megan Terry.
Of the 25 Year 10 pupils who sat their Mathematics IGCSE a year early, 19 achieved a grade 9 and six a grade 8.
Mr Lawson said, “These excellent GCSE results are a credit to the hard work of the pupils and their teachers who have given them the support and guidance to achieve their aspirations.
“Statistics cannot do justice to the way that pupils have exceeded expectations across the ability range and many proud parents will know that their child has a set of grades that do them credit.
“The high number of pupils with a string of grade 8, 9 and A*s testifies to the stretch we can offer the most academic pupils and they will continue to be challenged with our exclusive programme of A-level and Pre-U courses throughout the sixth form.”