EAST Sussex schools and colleges were yesterday celebrating GCSE results which showed overall improvements in pass levels.
Robin Precey, headteacher of Seaford Head Community College, was 'delighted' by the college's results, which showed a seven per cent improvement on last year.
Fifty six per cent of students gained five or more A* to C grades – more than the national average and the second best in the college's history since GCSEs began. Individual students with outstanding results included Elizabeth Palit (seven A* 3A), Sam Rollison (six A* 4A), Jenny Living (seven A* 2A 1B), Nick Clarke (four A* 3A 2C) and Hannah Bristow (three A 7A).
Ninety five per cent of the Year Group gained five or more GCSE passes and 99% achieved at least one pass at GCSE. Results in Maths, English and Science were substantially above national figures.
Tideway Community School, Newhaven achieved an improvement on last year's results, with 32% gaining five or more A-C passes and 96% attaining at least one GCSE pass.
'It was wonderful seeing the students opening their envelopes and showing a mixture of excitement, relief and gratitude to the teachers who have helped them gain their results,' said headteacher Adrian Money.
Tideway achieved a 100% pass rate at A level this year, and also attained record-breaking percentages of Level 5 passes at Key Stage 3. 'With the year on year improvements at Key Stage 3, we expect to see a sharp increase in GCSE top grades from next year on,' said Mr Money.
Newlands School at Seaford achieved results that show a continued upward trend. A 100% pass rate was attained in nine different subjects, and all pupils achieved at least one GCSE pass. Overall 67% of students achieved 5 or more A-C passes, an increase of 3% on last year. Star performers were Natalie Wells (seven A*), Funke Babajide (11 A and A*). Headmaster Oliver Price said: 'We are delighted with these results. The students have worked very hard and thoroughly deserve the successes they have achieved.'
St Bede's School, Upper Dicker enjoyed its best year yet. Eighty six per cent of students achieved five or more A-C grades, of which 35% were A and A*. Girls did especially well at St Bede's, with a 92% A-C pass rate. Outstanding students included: Danielle Tingley (eight A 4A*), Alice Privett (eight A* 4A), Kate Newton (six A* 4A), Toby Whistler (six A* 3A), Emily Aldred (four A* three A and Alistair Graham (three A* six A).
Hailsham Community College is 'unable to give an overall pass rate' for GCSE until queries about the results are finally verified. However Acting Vice-Principal Phil Matthews declared: 'The college is very pleased with the results obtained by students this summer.' Highest achievers include: Chris Knight (fiveA* fourA), Corrine Bromfield (fiveA* twoA one B), Alex Hamilton (one A* five A five B) and Ben Hitchen (one A* four A four B).
At Heathfield Community College students once again achieved very good results. 69% attained five or more A-C passes, and 100% achieved at least one pass. Particularly good results were received by Rosemarie Abbott (seven A* three A), Emma Bodenham (five A* six A), Kim Hindle (six A* four A), Naomi Marsden (six A* three A) and Fiona Walklin (six A* five A).
At Sussex Downs College's 6th Form Centre, 62 per cent of students achieved an A-C grade which is four per cent above the national average.
This is an improvement of nine per cent on last year.
The A-G rate was the same as last year at 94.5 per cent.
Some 78 per cent of students passed English at A-C (national average 59.7 per cent), and 89.3 per cent passed mathematics (national average 50.2 per cent)
Deputy Principal Ian Rothery said: 'Students and staff have worked hard to achieve very creditable results. We are pleased that the number of students achieving A-C has improved on last year and is well above the national average.
At St Anne's Special School in Lewes, due to close down in the near future, six pupils sat GCSE art.
Five achieved As and one had a B.
'We are very chuffed,' said a spokesman.
At Chailey School 68 per cent of students scored five or more GCSE A* to C grades.
Head teacher Vivian Howell said: 'It is particularly pleasing to see so many youngsters achieving personal bests.
'They worked very hard for these results and had tremendous back-up from their parents.
'It shows that good attendance, hard work and high quality teaching really do make a difference.
'I believe it is time to put aside the false nostalgia of those who hark back to an imaginary golden age of education. These young people thoroughly deserve their success and certainly don't deserve the annual belittling of their achievements.'
Twin brothers Chris and Ed Carnie from Lewes notched up a total of 20 top GCSE grades between them at Brighton College, Ed achieving nine A*s and one A while Chris gained eight A*s and two As.
Joining them were Tom Siese with eight A*s and two As, Arthur Ellis with five A*s, three As and one B, Tamzin Merchant with two A*s and seven As, and Anna Kay with one A*, eight As and one B.
Excellent results were recorded again at Ringmer Community College with 65.5 per cent of students achieving at least five passes at grade A to C.
Girls performed particularly well, 70 per cent achieving five A* to C pass rates.
Some 95 per cent of all students at Ringmer achieved five or more GCSEs at Grade A*to G.
Two students gained 10 GCSEs all graded A* or A.
Last year Priory School, Lewes achieved its best GCSE results but this year's Year 11 students have done even better!
Of the 216 students in Year 11 who took GCSE and GNVQ examinations this year, 75 per cent achieved five or more A* to C grades – a seven per cent increase on last year.
Even more impressive is that 61 per cent - well over half the year group - achieved eight or more A* to C grades and 43 per cent - almost half the year group - achieved 10 or more A* to C grades.
Some 99.5 per cent of the year group achieved at least one GCSE and 96 per cent achieved five or more A* to G GCSEs.
A significant number of students achieved exceptional results – 21 eight or more A* / A grades and 11 outstanding students achieved 10 or more A* / A grades. two students were awarded one of the top five marks in the country in a particular subject, and were commended by the exam board: Anna Cox (Dance) and Lea Heering (German).
Yet again 70% of Uckfield Community Technology College students gained five or more passes at the higher grades of A* - C.
Thirty per cent of students gained 10 or more passes at the higher grades of A* - C.
A massive 98.5% of all students exceeded the National standard of five or more pass grades.
Nine students were outstanding in their performance by gaining 10 or more A* and A grades. They were Louise Dawson, Andrew Macfarlane, Peter Mitchell, Louise Thomson, Harriet Tucker, Mark Wager.
And Georgina Bartlett, Lucy Keer and Alexander Skinner swept the board with 9 A* and 2 A Grades.
Again the policy of entering gifted linguists for their Modern Language GCSE's two years early was hugely successful. Forty Year 9 students achieved a 100% pass rate of grades A*- C in French, German, Russian and Chinese, with individual students gaining A* grade in Russian and an A grade in Chinese.
Craig Pamphilon, the Principal, said: 'To maintain the high standards year on year reflects the exceptionally hard work and commitment by students, their parents, and the dedication and skill of their teachers.'