Eastbourne College is celebrating again today as pupils receive their GCSE results, with the proportion of grades achieved at 7, 8 or 9 (equivalent to A or A*) at 57 per cent – an improvement on grades achieved at this level in 2019 and the school’s best performance by this measure since 2017, excluding the Covid-affected years.

More than a third of all grades were 9 or 8, equivalent to A* under the previous grading system. It comes after predictions that the number of top grades awarded nationally would fall significantly this year, and this year’s excellent results shows pupils’ resilience in coping with tough exam conditions.

 

Eighteen pupils achieved a clean sweep of GCSE results with every subject awarded at grade 7-9 – equivalent to straight A grades in all subjects.

Some of the highest grades were achieved in Modern Languages, bucking the national decline in pupils committing to language learning: 66 per cent of all grades across Modern Languages were the top grade of 9. History saw more than half its grades awarded at 8 or 9 and 85 per cent of grades across the three separate sciences were 7, 8 or 9.

90 per cent of grades awarded to pupils taking early GCSEs in Years 9 and 10 were awarded at grade 9.

Tom Lawson, Headmaster at Eastbourne College, said: “A huge congratulations to all our pupils getting their results today.

“This year we had a bumper number of exam entries at 1,257 – up a quarter on the last two years – which demonstrates the College’s growing popularity and the breadth of subjects we offer at GCSE.

 

“This year’s cohort has shown great resilience in the face of significant challenges and disruption: the pandemic was in full swing as they were selecting their options and starting to prepare for their GCSEs.

“We are very proud of our pupils’ academic success – just as we are proud of all their achievements outside the classroom. This year’s results come off the back of a superb season for tennis and cricket, with our players securing county and national wins, plus national arts awards for our design talent.”

It comes after Eastbourne College celebrated excellent A-level results last week, with half of all grades achieved at A* or A.