Despite pass rates falling by 0.6% nationally amid the biggest exam shake-up in a generation, Seaford College students have maintained the impressive A*-C pass rate. Headmaster John Green said: “In spite of the volatility of GCSE results that have been described as the ‘hardest since the 1980s O Levels’, we achieved an outstanding 56% A*-A in English Literature and 50% A*-A result in English Language with 99% A*-C in English Literature and a 95% A*-C result in English Language, which is simply phenomenal. An unprecedented forty-four pupils achieved an A*A in English Language and Literature with thirteen achieving 2 A*s.”
Hayley Johnson, Head of English, said: “Once again the phenomenal results our students gained in both English Language and Literature demonstrate the hard work and commitment of both students and staff. 56% A*-A for English Literature is an incredible statistic, but we are also delighted with our students for whom a C or B grade exceeded their Challenge Grade and truly demonstrates what you can achieve when you work hard.”
John Green added: “I’m very pleased with the progress and academic strategy we have put in place this year enabling all our students to achieve excellent results. Our top performers include: Josh Brown with 5A*s, 4As and an 8 in Maths; 5As and a 9 in Maths; Ross Donaldson with 4A*s, 4As, 1B and a 7 in Maths; Anya Ormrod Davis with 2A*s, 4As, 3Bs, and a 7 in Maths; Liza Tsvang with 4A*s, 2As, 2Bs and an 8 in Maths; James Drake with 1A*, 2As, 6Bs and a 9 in Maths; Dylan Kerler with 2A*s, 4As, 2Bs and a 7 in Maths; Elina Libman with 2A*s, 2As, 3Bs and a 7 in Maths, and Alex Mackenzie with 1A*, 5As, 3Bs and a 5 in Maths. We look forward to welcoming the highest number of Sixth Form students in Seaford’s history in the upcoming year, with not only a record number of returning students but a record number of new entrants.”
Seaford has also seen particularly strong performances in History, Geography, Art & DT and Maths. “The strong performance in the new Maths GCSE is particularly pleasing given the increased academic rigour in this subject,” said John Green. “We are delighted to see students awarded the new top grade of 9 (equivalent to an A**) given the tougher syllabus introduced for this year group. Our students are undoubtedly responding to an increasingly academically ambitious culture being fostered at Seaford. Whatever their academic profile, these results give credence to our ethos that all of our pupils strive to achieve their personal bests, and looking at these results, we are so proud of each and every one of their accomplishments.”
John Green added: “Our Challenge Grade reports published at regular intervals have created a dialogue between tutors and students around striving for success, whilst strong pastoral care and a caring and happy environment undoubtedly lays the foundation for such success.” Anya Omrod Davis added: “Pastoral care is part of the culture at Seaford, I was definitely in the right place to do my exams. My tutor and the team in Pink House have gone above and beyond to support me and I’m really pleased with my results.”
John concluded: “We are hugely excited by the point our students have reached in their educational journey, particularly as we look forward to them embarking on their bespoke Learning Pathways, taking into account both traditional and alternative modes of assessment on offer for Sixth Form study at Seaford.”
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