Crowborough’s Beacon Academy students celebrate


Following on from last week’s phenomenal A Level results, Beacon Academy are delighted and immensely proud to be celebrating another exceptional set of GCSE results.

Over 79% of students achieved English and maths at grades 9 – 4 (Standard Pass, equivalent to the old grades A* – C).

28.6% of all results were the top grades 9 – 7 (equivalent to the old A* – A), this is over 7.8% above the national average of 20.8%.

Headteacher Anna Robinson has congratulated the year group on their successes and results, on behalf of all staff and trustees at the Academy:

As ever, I am absolutely delighted and enormously proud of our totally inspiring students.

Each one of them had a different starting point and they will undoubtedly have had so many people and things that will have influenced them, their progress and attainment during the years that they have spent with us at Beacon Academy.

It has been the most incredible journey for them all and these results are a tangible testament to their dedication and hard work.

Collectively and individually they have done so well – we are all celebrating their achievements at every level and in all subjects.

GCSEs have continued to go through the significant national reforms since they were first introduced in 2017. The school said his meant that their Year 11s, alongside the vast majority of students nationally, sat the reformed, more challenging GCSE examinations in all of their subjects this year rather than a mixture of old and new, as in previous years.

GCSEs are now graded on 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.  The key measures are:

  • Grades 9-4 = Standard pass, the old grades A*- C
  • Grades 9-5 = Strong pass, the old grades A*-B
  • Grades 9-7 = Top grades, the old grades A* – A

Commenting on this year’s results Headteacher Anna Robinson added:

Once again there has been an immense team effort from the staff and students, alongside immeasurable support from their parents and carers throughout the academic year and previous years, 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 for our students – which will be widely celebrated throughout our school community – are a complete reflection of everyone’s dedication, utter determination and shared belief in one another, and in the potential of each and every student, combined with our unrelenting ambition, resilience and desire to succeed and achieve excellence in all we do at Beacon Academy.

In 17 out of 25 GCSE/equivalent courses, at least a quarter of students achieved the top 9-7 grades. In 4 of them, over half of students achieved the top 9-7 grades. These were Performing Arts (70%), German (62%), Chemistry (53%) and Biology (51%).

Beacon Academy students getting their GCSE results

It is always difficult to single out individual students, however we would like to congratulate the highest performing students this year on the number of grades 9 – 7 that they achieved in their exams:

Student NameNumber of grades 9-7
Theo Kemp11
Ellie Smith11
Steven Warner11
Anna Bates10
Matthew Cowen10
Olivia Bamford9
Amelie Cooke9
Emily Ing9
Mohammed Islam9
McKinley Loxton-Read9
Annabelle Martin9
Jennifer Roberts9
Jessica Sharp9
Dillon Dowson8
George Hare8
Louis Hitam8
Grace Marley8
Martha Parsons8
Daniel Willmott8

For more analysis and photos see Beacon’s website:



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