Students excel in new, tougher GCSEs

Beacon Academy in Crowborough are delighted to announce that, despite pass rates dipping nationally, they have achieved their strongest set of GCSE results.

This year’s GCSEs have gone through significant reforms, with the introduction of more challenging examinations in English and Mathematics.  The grading for these two subjects has changed, moving from an A*- G scale to a 9- 1 scale, with 9 being the very highest.  Grade 4 is considered a Standard Pass (the old C grade) and grade 5 a Strong Pass.

Over 77% of students at Beacon Academy have achieved five or more GCSEs including English and Maths at grades 9-4.  Over 60% have achieved five or more GCSEs including English and Maths at grades 9-5 (a strong pass in the new measure).

Headteacher, Anna Robinson said:

I am absolutely delighted and immensely proud of our inspirational students once again.  It has been an incredible journey for them all and these results are a real testament to their dedication and hard work.  There has been a colossal team effort from the staff and students alongside infinite support from their parents and carers throughout the academic year to ensure that all of our Year 11s have had the best possible opportunities, putting them in a prime position to achieve the very best outcomes for their futures.

These exceptional results, which will be widely celebrated, are a complete reflection of everyone’s utter determination and belief in one another, combined with our unrelenting ambition, resilience and desire to succeed and achieve excellence in all we do at Beacon Academy.

Following on from last week’s exceptional A Level results, Beacon Academy are also delighted to report a record number of students achieving the very top grades at GCSE.  More than a quarter of our students have achieved five or more A*- A grades and nearly half of students have achieved five or more A*- B grades.

Kirsty Gander was one of a select group of students to have earned three grade 9s in English language, English literature and Maths.  It is thought that only ten students in East Sussex achieved the accolade –  matched by only 2,000 youngsters across the country.

They have also had some truly exceptional subject performances once again this year.  In Mathematics, a third of the whole year group achieved the very top grades of 9-7 (the old A*-A).  85% achieved grades 9-4 (the old grades A*- C and above) and 67% achieved grades 9-5.

In English, a quarter of the whole year group achieved the very top grades of 9-7 (the old A*-A).  82% achieved grades 9-4 (the old A*-C and above) and 70% achieved grades 9-5.

Other subjects
Biology, Chemistry and Physics all achieved over 95% A *-C grades. Physical Education and Performing Arts (Drama) achieved 93% and 92% respectively.  Modern Foreign Languages achieved 89% A* – C for French and 84% A* – C for German.  Photography achieved 80% A*- C, Art and Design achieved 78% A* – C and Dance 75% A*- C.

The school said it is always difficult to single out individual students, especially in such a truly exceptional year, however they would like to congratulate their highest performing students this year (number of A*- A grades):

  • Eliza Close (11)
  • Grace Vida-Smedley (11)
  • Jackson Willmott (11)
  • Joe Sugden (11)
  • Kirsty Gander (11)
  • Lowri Harris (11)
  • Luke Holland (11)
  • Olivia Millar (11)
  • Tyler Farrow (11)
  • Ellie Welch (10)
  • Emily Milton (10)
  • Georgina Dolding (10)
  • Madeline Trehearn (10)
  • Daniel Flight (9)
  • George Mackellow (9)
  • Joey Lambden (9)
  • Thomas Stanley (9)
  • Hannah Street (8)

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