Gildredge House in Eastbourne has announced its first set of AS-Level results as students come to the end of their first year as pioneers of the Gildredge House Sixth Form.
An impressive 91 per cent of students passed with grades A - E in AS module examinations, which count towards their final A-Levels. Students performed particularly well in Mathematics with 43 per cent achieving the equivalent of an A grade in their AS modules.
Gildredge House is also celebrating some outstanding results from individual students: Joseph Hills gained two A grade AS Levels in Physics and Chemistry, with two further As in Mathematics and Further Mathematics AS modules. Kiera Rae achieved AS Level Biology at grade A and Chemistry at grade B, with two further As in her Mathematics and Geography AS modules. Hannah Cory was awarded an A grade in Biology, two Bs in Physics and Chemistry, and a further A in her Mathematics AS modules.
Gildredge House opened its doors to Year 12 students for the first time in September 2015, at the same time as A-Level qualifications were being reformed nationally. Lea Gilbert, Head Teacher, explained how these controversial changes have affected the students.
She said, “Around 40 per cent of the examinations the Year 12 students have taken this year at Gildredge House actually count towards their final A-Levels. Qualifications in subjects such as Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and English Literature, on the other hand, will not be examined fully until the end of the two-year course. For our pioneer students, however, we made the decision to enter these students for the more rigorous stand-alone AS Level qualification after one year, even though it is designed to be taken after two years of the Sixth Form. I am proud to say that a good proportion of our students achieved higher grades A – C in these tougher qualifications.
“The information which we gained from this will be valuable when supporting our students towards success in the actual A-Level examinations next summer. We are delighted that in our first year of operation we have achieved strong results in a wide range of subjects. The standard of teaching here is high, and most students have responded with enormous commitment and hard work. This all bodes very well for next year.”
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