EIGHT science astronomy students felt they were reaching for the stars when they took their GCSE exam early.
But they successfully rocketed to their ambitious target after committing their own time to their studies at a Midhurst Rother College after-school club.
Joe Casebow, Matthew Payn and Iwan Johns, who were in Year 8 at the time of the exam, passed it three years before their main GCSEs are due, and Sophie Bosley, Alison Collins, Reece Onslow-Dewey, Lisa Taylor and Jacob Calvo Penfold were two years ahead.
The eight have been members of the college’s science astronomy club which meets after the school day ends.
Science teacher Lamia Ibrahim said the group worked hard.
“It is not an easy subject, but they all were clearly fascinated and were thus able to put a great deal into their coursework.
“We were all very proud they were sufficiently prepared to take the exam,” she added.