School celebrates ‘top 100’ rank

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A school has been ranked in the top 100 in England recognised for the steady improvements in its GCSE results.

Seaford Head School received a letter offering “warmest congratulations” from education minister Nick Gibb, and a further letter of praise from Lewes MP Maria Caulfield.

The recognition came following sustained improvement from GCSE students between 2013 and 2015, who achieved five or more A*-C grades, including English and maths. Seaford Head’s 2015 results saw 71 per cent of students make the grade, compared to the 57.1 per cent average at all state-funded schools.

In 2014, the figure was 70 per cent and in 2013 it was 62 per cent – a drop of two per cent on 2012’s results. As well as the improvement in top-level results, in 2015, 83 per cent of students made the expected progress in English and 81 per cent in maths, compared to the 71 per cent and 66.9 per cent national averages.

Acting Headteacher Helen Key said: “This is a wonderful recognition for the school. The students, staff, parents and community have worked really hard to ensure that no opportunity is missed to allow young people to leave Seaford Head with the best possible opportunities for future studies and employment.”

Ms Caulfield said: “I am sure this will be a terrific boost for Seaford Head School and it pays tribute to the great work being done at the school to raise standards and improve the life chances of the pupils that attend there.”

In a letter to the school, education minister Nick Gibb said: “I am writing to convey my warmest congratulations to you, your staff and your pupils for your school’s excellent improvement in GCSE and equivalent results between 2013 and 2015.

“Your school is one of the top 100 non-selective state-funded schools in England, showing the greatest sustained improvement in the percentage of pupils achieving five of more A* to C grades, including English and Mathematics GCSEs. Ensuring pupils are achieving at least the benchmark standard of attainment at key stage 4 provides a strong basis for further education and employment.

“Thank your for your work in this important area of a young person’s education and congratulations again to you and your staff for your hard work and professionalism.”

• Robert Ellis has been appointed as the new headteacher at Seaford Head, expected to start after Easter.

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