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GCSE success 2015

Pupils and staff at Eastbourne College are celebrating superb GCSE results again this year.

Every one of this year’s 120 Year 11 pupils achieved five or more A*-C grades, with 25% of all grades at A*. Sixty-seven of the year group notched up 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 gained a clean sweep of 11 A*s. Close behind were Ben Hughes (10A*, 2A), James Martin (10A*, 1A, 1B), Charles Pendry (9A*, 2A) and Martha Piper (9A*, 2A).

100% of the Year 10 pupils who sat their maths GCSE a year early achieved an A* grade.

Headmaster Simon Davies reflected:

‘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! 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 realistically high 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 is another thing altogether.’