Another Year of Exam Success for Bede’s Sixth Formers


Congratulations to this year’s Upper Sixth who achieved 70% A* - B grades. In contrast to the national landscape, which saw a notable decline in the number of students awarded the top grades, the numbers of Bede’s pupils earning these grades increased significantly with nearly half of all grades at A* - A, and one in five gaining a clean sweep of the top grades.


Some of the top achievers include Tom Poole from Pevensey who gained 4 A*s in Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths and Jan Apolin, who equalled this success, having recently returned from a trip to NASA where he competed as part of the UK team in the finals of the International Space Design Competition.  Sam Leonard also achieved top grades in STEM subjects and Owen Maitland-Shadwell earned straight A*s in Philosophy, English and History. 


Other special mentions must go to sports scholar, Alastair Orr who gained the equivalent of 3 A*s having captained the Bede’s 1st XI cricket team and competed for Sussex CC 2nd XI. Jo Jo Bach also gained top grades whilst competing at national level in tennis and securing a full scholarship at the University of Delaware and is one of a growing number of Bede’s pupils who will be heading to universities overseas. She will be joined stateside by outgoing Deputy Head Girl, Leilanni Nesbeth who will take up a football scholarship at Florida State  University having earned the equivalent of A*s and As.


Straight A*- A grades were achieved by a substantial number of local pupils including Frederika Clemo from Forest Row, Megan Driver from Hailsham, Evie Taylor from Polegate and Kate Perry and Jacob Liebenberg from Eastbourne. 


Bede’s Head of Sixth Form, Jason Henham said, “We always see fantastic grades in the performing and visual arts and this year it is great to see these departments being given a run for their money by some of the more traditionally academic subjects such as English.”


John Tuson, Bede’s Deputy Head (Academic) added, “There are some pupils for whom such success might not have been expected at the start of their school journey just as there are others who have found the road to academic success relatively straightforward.  Today we will enjoy celebrating all these achievements.”


Headmaster Peter Goodyer commented, “I am delighted with this year’s results which are a very fitting reward for the considerable endeavours of our pupils and teachers.  Given the significant commitment that Bede’s pupils make outside the classroom in sport, the performing arts and service, these results are particularly impressive.  Whilst we focus today on academic success, as our leavers depart Bede’s, we also reflect with great pride on the wider achievements of this very talented group of young people.”


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