STUDENTS at Seaford College are celebrating an 11 per cent increase in top grades A*-B after GCSE results were announced today August 21).
The results, said headmaster John Green had led to a record number of pupils heading into the sixth form.
“I’m very pleased with the progress and academic strategy we have put in place this year enabling all our students to achieve excellent results.”
Among the top GCSE achievers at the college were Alex Hodson, from Yapton who gained nine A*s and two As, Emma Brown from Pulborough who notched up eight A*s and two As, Finn Clancy also from Pulborough, who came away with seven A*s and two As and Ellie Hitchcock from Liss who was awarded achieved five A*s and five As.
“We look forward to welcoming back a large number of Seaford students in September, into the sixth form,” added Mr Green.
He said the A*-C pass rate had increased by six per cent year on year.
“The A* pass rate has increased 4 per cent and is the highest it’s been since 2008.
“These both buck the national trend which shows an increase of less than one per cent.
“In a current environment of an undoubted toughening up of academic standards these results are particularly pleasing.
“Many children have achieved academic personal bests spurred on by our new ‘challenge grade’ system and our excellent teaching.
“Our English and English Literature are particularly impressive, where many of our pupils have surpassed their ‘challenge grade’.
He said the fall in English* GCSE grades experienced nationally had not been reflected in the Seaford results.
“Greig Hudson and Alex Hodson both achieved 100 per cent in English Literature which is phenomenal.”
Mr Green told the Observer many Seaford’s students had achieved high academic results and excelled in extra-curricular activities at the same time.
Holly Bassett, for example achieved four A*s, two As and a B, despite spending two weeks competing in the World Paddle Surfing Championships in Nicaragua returning just a day before her exams started.
Holly said: “I was so jetlagged when I got back. I had my Chemistry and Geography exam on the same day and fell asleep in my Geography exam.”
Despite this Holly got an A* in Geography.