Pupils at Eastbourne College are celebrating excellent GCSE results – as Grade 9, the highest possible grade, was the most achieved grade.

There was a 100 per cent pass rate for all pupils, and outside of the core subjects, some of the highest achievements were in DT, Drama, French, History and Latin.

Three pupils achieved Grade 9 in all ten of their GCSEs, while 18 pupils below Year 11 have already passed their Maths GCSE.

Headmaster Tom Lawson said: “It’s been another fantastic day of results here at Eastbourne College for our pupils getting their GCSE results.

“We’re enormously proud of our pupils’ achievements, especially considering the challenges of the past 18 months.

“For Grade 9 to be the most achieved grade is wonderful news.

“Huge congratulations to all our GCSE pupils, and also those who received their A level results this week. We’re delighted that 71 per cent of students achieved the grades needed to get in to their first choice of university.”

It comes after Eastbourne College celebrated another year of strong A level results earlier this week, with results up for the fourth year in a row. Over 82 per cent of grades awarded were A* – B, which is an 11 per cent increase compared to the average from the last four years.

Some of the top grades were achieved across Art, Chemistry and Further Mathematics. The school is particularly proud of its girls’ success in STEM subjects, as the number of girls taking these subjects remains low nationally.

Girls represent half of the top achievers at the school, and this year six young women are leaving the college to read degrees at Oxford and Cambridge.

Eastbourne College also achieved the best possible rating for quality of education in its latest inspection report, ranking as excellent for pupils’ academic and other achievements as well as their personal development.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), the body which inspects independent schools in England, awarded the co-educational independent school the highest ranking available across both parts of its Educational Quality Inspection.

The ISI report praised the school for enabling pupils to be themselves and achieve their best, and said they demonstrate “remarkably high levels of self-confidence, self-reliance and resilience”.

Pupils were also found to have excellent communication skills, purposeful and supportive relationships with each other and great respect for diversity in the school community.

The report follows an inspection in June 2021 and is now available to view on the Eastbourne College website.

For more information, please visit www.eastbourne-college.co.uk.