Shoreham College performs strongly against tougher GCSEs

Shoreham College's Year 11s have achieved a very good set of results in the face of the new tougher GCSEs.

More than 92% of Shoreham College pupils gained 5 A*- C/9-4 grades at GCSE this year and over 87% achieved 5 A*-C grades including English and Mathematics, in spite of the fact that the new GCSEs are more demanding and the cohort is comprised of pupils of a wide range of ability. It is particularly pleasing as this places the College well above the national average for results, 9-4, at 66.9%. The country has also seen the lowest overall pass rate since 2007.

Shoreham College is academically non-selective but our most successful pupils achieved excellent added value with some awarded 2 and even 3 grades above national standardised predictions, demonstrating what strong teaching and hard work can achieve, even when there are challenging headwinds generated by the examination changes.

Matthew Sharp, Lucas Atherton, Lilia Erskine and Rebecca Hemingway all achieved a pleasing number of 8s and 9s, and we wish them well as they take up their places at sixth form colleges to pursue the academic pathways of their choice. Matthew, who is now taking Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology at A-level was thrilled and Lucas who is now studying for the International Baccalaureate said he was on 'cloud ten'. Head Girl Lilia's mother said her daughter was 'smiling from ear to ear' when she opened her envelope. Ethan Highwood was overjoyed and said 'I never thought I could do it' and he has now secured his place at Sixth Form College taking A-levels in PE, Psychology and Sociology. In keeping with the College's breadth, our pupils are also going on to study a wide range of courses like Animal Management with Science at Plumpton and Creative Media BTEC.

Richard Taylor-West, Headmaster said: ‘I am very pleased for the College, our pupils and the teachers who support them so well. There is always nervousness in the air when there are changes in examinations driven by the government, especially when these changes favour, in my view, the more able in selective schools. Our results have opened pathways for our pupils for the future. We feel very confident about our continued success as a school that challenges and supports pupils, enabling them to achieve academically and in terms of their wider personal development, which is equally important in our view.'