Pupils celebrate as county GCSE results continue to improve

Lauren Hollands, of Hailsham Community College, who achieved 9 GCSE passes
Lauren Hollands, of Hailsham Community College, who achieved 9 GCSE passes

GCSE results across the county have improved again with Ratton, Bishop Bell and Hailsham Community College celebrating their best-ever results.

Across all 27 secondary schools in the county 59 per cent of students gained five or more A* to C grades including English and maths – a four per cent increase on the previous best last year.

Fifteen schools, including three in the Eastbourne area, enjoyed their best-ever result, including English and maths.

Ratton School improved on last year’s result with 76 per cent of pupils gaining five of more A* to C GCSE with 60 per cent of those in maths and English.

The figure, which includes maths and English, is five per cent up on last year’s figure.

David Linsell, head at Ratton, said, “These are our best-ever results and we are proud to be able to say that we have significantly improved the life chances and opportunities of our students.”

The Bishop Bell School also had its best-ever year with an impressive 98 per cent of pupils achieving five or more A* to C GCSEs and 65 per cent of those included maths and English.

Terry Boatwright told the Gazette, “We are delighted by our 14th consecutive year-on-year increase in examination success; a feat unrivalled by any school in England.”

And Hailsham Community College was also celebrating with a record breaking 59 per cent achieving at least five A* to C grades including maths and English.

Lesley Farmer, principal at the college, said it was ‘tremendous news’.

The county’s schools have been congratulated by the Cllr Nick Bennett, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for learning and school effectiveness.

Cllr Bennett said, “Of course I would like to congratulate everyone whose hard work has contributed to this success.

“Last year we saw some significant improvements across the county and to do better than that this year is especially pleasing.

“Results like these speak volumes for the hard work of our students and their teachers. I am delighted to see so many successes but, as we say every year, we will not be complacent and will continue to work hard to drive standards still higher.”

Pictured: Hailsham Community College pupil Lauren Hollands who achieved 9 GCSE passes.