STUDENTS at Shoreham College have a reason to smile after a many of them collected a stunning set of GCSE results today (Thursday, August 20).
A total of with 89 per cent of students achieved five GCSEs at A* to C and five of our Departments achieving 100% A*-C.
However, many students exceeded this, with six of the college’s strongest year-11s – head boy Will Jefferies, Emily Prosser, Jo Sharp, Ella Scammell, Ella Brock and Bryn Davies – all producing a full set of A*s and As.
Extremely pleased with his clean sweep of As, 7 of them A*s is Bryn Davies.
When he joined Shoreham College in year six he had been diagnosed with dyspraxia and had very low self-esteem.
“He was the bottom of the class in his previous school, so for him to be leaving as one of the top achievers in his year group makes me so proud”, said Bryn’s mum, Jayne Earnscliffe.
He now goes on to BHASVIC, in Brighton, to study chemistry, physics and maths with a view to doing a degree in quantum physics.
Will Jefferies aced his exams, with nine A*s and one A.
“If only I had worked harder”, he joked, “I could have got 10 A*s!”
Will hopes to one day study bio chemistry at Oxford or Cambridge but is first doing A-Levels in biology, chemistry, maths and Ppysics at Lancing College.
Head girl Georgina Liley was relieved and excited to have done ‘way better’ than she expected.
“I had a bet with my sister who thought I would get at least one A*, I thought I would get none,” she said. “I have never been happier to hand over a fiver as I got four A*s, four As and a B.”
She is going on to study English literature, history, drama and music at Steyning Grammar School. Accompanying Georgina is Emily Prosser who was ‘surprised and thrilled’ to achieve seven A*s and two As.
Shoreham College has also bucked a national trend with the boys performing as well as the girls in the GCSEs.
Head teacher Richard Taylor-West said: “These outcomes testify to the dedication of our teachers and support staff who challenge but also nurture our pupils as individuals, in the smaller classes we are able to provide, giving each of them the right support.
“We believe in challenge, but we avoid anxiety. We need our pupils to achieve but the national picture for mental health in young people is a concern and we are committed to providing an environment that counters these pressures with excellent pastoral support.”
Looking ahead, he went on to say: “There are always things to learn from each set of results and fresh thoughts will be fed into our planning for the future. For now we are pleased, though certainly not complacent.”
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