Bede’s achieves best-ever GCSE resultsAugust 25, 2016
Pictured from left: Rosa Witts, Jaz Scott, Harry Wootten, Tully Evenett-Collins, Lily Potter, Andre Bennett, Tilly Holker, James Grimmond, Archie Taylor
Following its best-ever A Level results last week, and in against a national picture of decline, Bede’s Senior School in Upper Dicker has broken records yet again with over 92% of all GCSE grades at A*-C, 45% of all grades at A*-A and 20% at A*.
With over 60% of pupils achieving at least 1 A* grade and over 80% achieving at least 1 A, the school enjoyed its most significant increases in English Language and Maths where pupils achieved 41% and 47% A*-A grades respectively – up over 10 percent on previous years.
Alongside further increases in the Sciences, where pupils achieved 77% A*-A in Biology, 77% A*-A in Physics and 90% A*-A in Chemistry, the onsite Legat School of Dance enabled its pupils to earn the equivalent of 100% A*-A grades in their BTEC Performing Arts qualifications.
With Bede’s pupils also earning 95% A*-B grades in Art and Design, 86% A*-B grades in Drama and 73% A*-B grades in Design Technology, this was also another strong year for the school’s creative subjects.
Amongst the top-performing individuals were James Grimmond (10 A*s), Sussex tennis player Andre Bennett (9 A*s), budding actresses Lily Potter (8 A*s and 2 As) and Jaz Scott (7 A*s and 2 As), county Hockey champions Kyle Mathieson and Harry Wootten (both achieving 7 A*s and 3 As) and musical virtuosos Archie Taylor (6 A*s and 6 As), Rosa Witts (6A*s and 4 As) and Ruby Moody (6 A*-As).
Bede’s Academic Deputy Head John Tuson said of the results, “Once again, Bede’s pupils have proven that being an elite sportsperson, dramatist, artist or musician is entirely compatible with achieving the very highest academic outcomes. Our school welcomes children with a staggering diversity of talents and perceived abilities and they never fail to exceed expectations.”
Peter Goodyer, Bede’s newly appointed Headmaster, added, “To arrive at Bede’s when the school is enjoying its best-ever results both at GCSE and in the Sixth Form is extraordinarily exciting. Even more gratifying is to see the breadth of these successes, from Ancient Greek to Modern Languages to Applied Business BTEC. As a school which celebrates every conceivable talent, the pupils and staff have a huge amount of which to be proud.”