FOR the third year running St Bede’s Senior School in Upper Dicker has celebrated its best ever A Level results.
This time students gained three out of every four A Level and Pre-U grades at A* to B.
Nearly half of all grades awarded were A or A*, an achievement that builds on the school’s recent record of marked progress in exam results.
This Summer’s results show an increase in A* to B grades to 72 per cent and represent an improvement of more than 15 per cent against the school’s performance five years ago.
Headmaster Dr Richard Maloney said: “The striking improvement in grades over the last three years clearly reflects the emphasis that Bede’s puts on outstanding and innovative teaching as well as the breadth of subjects available in our Sixth Form.
“It also stands as testimony to Bede’s ability to cater and inspire both the conventional academic student whilst supporting and energising those whose interests are more specialised.
“This year’s results confirm that our unique holistic educational philosophy is most certainly bearing fruit.”
John Tuson, academic deput head, said the school had always recognised there is more than education than exam results.
But at the same time, those grades ‘matter like never before’, he said.
Mr Tuson added: “We’re thrilled that so many students are getting so many top grades, just as we are thrilled by the achievement of all our students who worked hard to accomplish real success. This only comes about through their hard work, and through excellent teaching.”
Students celebrating include Anna Hutchins, of Barcombe, who will be studying Medicine at King’s College London having achieved three A* grades and an A; Naomi Pearl, of North Chailey, who will take a place reading English at Cambridge having achieved A* grades in all her subjects; and Henry Todman, from Rotherfield, whose three A*and two A grades will help propel him to Warwick, where he will study Mathematics. Alice Lynch, from Hailsham, earned two A*grades, and three As, and will be studying Chemistry at Warwick; while Victoria Stapley, also from Hailsham, earned three A* and a single A grades and will be going to study optometry at Cardiff.