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Year 12 mentor group supports local secondary school in achieving pleasing GCSE results

As a member of the Coastal Schools Partnership (CSP), we’re delighted to announce that a weekly maths homework club run by Eastbourne College Year 12 mentors for a local secondary school has led to some very pleasing GCSE results. Of the 27 Year 11 pupils from Willingdon Community School who received 1:1 support from our pupils through the partnership, none saw lower exam outcome grades than predictions a year before and 25 saw an improvement of a grade or more, including seven with Grade 9.

Tom Lawson, Headmaster said, “This is wonderful news and great credit should be given to the Willingdon and Eastbourne College pupils and staff who have supported this initiative so assiduously. Our Year 12 pupils gain a lot from mentoring these Year 11 pupils, and we are delighted that they have been able to support the excellent teaching and support these pupils receive at Willingdon. We’re enormously proud of the CSP which is a leading example of schools working together for the benefit of the pupils and the wider community.”

Emily May, headteacher of Willingdon Community College said, “This is incredible data and something we all should be very proud of. It is evidence that the support of Eastbourne College pupils helps drive outcomes. Thank you!”

The CSP is a partnership of Schools and Colleges located in Eastbourne and the surrounding area which links resources, expertise, enthusiasm and commitment to develop projects and ideas that inspire, excite and offer creative opportunities for children and young people. The CSP aims to enable pupils to work together for mutual benefit and the benefit of others.