Seaford College students are celebrating achieving their best ever A* GCSE results with a record number of pupils heading into the sixth form.
Headmaster John Green, who took up the post three years ago said: “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.
Top GCSE performers were Josef Amin, from Graffham who achieved 11 A*s and William Morris from Graffham who gained eight A*s and two A grades.
William who lost his father three years ago had worked hard because he wanted to make his Dad proud.
He gained a phenomenal 100 per cent mark in his English literature paper and said: “I’m very pleased. There are none that I’m unhappy with. For my mocks I hadn’t done as much revision – I really upped my game for the actual exams. I counted it all up and I probably did 250 hours in total.”
“I’ll be doing biology, chemistry, physics and history at A Level and I plan to go on to university after that.
His Mum added : “His father always pressed upon William the importance of education, so part of his drive is a desire to make his Dad proud.
“He’s been a member of MENSA since he was nine. He isn’t naturally sporty, he isn’t naturally arty, but he is naturally academic. By the time he started Year 2 at Lancastrian School in Chichester, he had finished the Oxford Reading tree, so he’d read every book the school had.
“He wants to do a PhD eventually. He wants to be Dr William Morris.”
William undertook a sponsored 7km walk from Graffham to Cocking in memory of his father earlier this year and raised £200 for the Macmillan Cancer Support palliative care unit in Midhurst and £200 for Cancer Research UK.”
Holly Gyles and George Limpus also both from Graffham were more high achievers, gaining 5A*s, 2As and a B, and 2A*s, 6As and an B respectively. Other top performers from the Midhurst and Petworth area were Jonathan Davies, from Haslemere who gained 5A*s, 2As and a B, Zachary Hodson, from Arundel gained 2A*s and 7As and Joseph Hill from East Dean achieved 3A*s, 2As and 2Bs.
“In addition to the best ever A* results at Seaford our impressive A*-C pass rate at GCSE has increased to 82 per cent,” said Mr Green.
“In a current environment of an undoubted toughening up of academic standards these results are particularly pleasing. Nationally the A*-C pass rate has declined by 1.3 per cent.
“Our students are undoubtedly responding to an increasingly academically ambitious culture being fostered at Seaford, as evidenced by our best ever A* performance. Whatever their academic profile, these results give credence to our ethos that all of our pupils strive to achieve their personal bests, and looking at these results, we are so proud of each and every one of their accomplishments.”
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