Bede's Headmaster Congratulates ‘A’ Level Pupils on a Year of Huge Personal Successes
Our Leavers had cause to celebrate this year with many brilliant individual achievements and successes.
A truly exceptional Upper Sixth year group saw Esther Tuson achieve four A*s in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). She will be taking her place to study Medicine at the University of Birmingham. Jemima Richenberg from Seaford will also be going on to study Medicine at the University of Sheffield having also achieved four A*s in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and the EPQ.
Our Heads of School Tom Waring from Haywards Heath and Georgina Pearch also have cause for celebration. Georgina gained two A*s and an A in Business, French and Geography and will go on to study Politics at the University of Bristol, whilst Tom will take his place at the University of Bath studying International Development having achieved A*, A and B in Economics, Politics and Biology.
There was further success across this cohort with Rory Barraclough from Uckfield who achieved three A*s and an A in Economics, Further Maths, Maths and Physics and will take his place at the University of Warwick studying Economics. James Thompson from Eastbourne joins Rory at the University of Warwick on a Film Studies degree with three A*s in Drama and Theatre, Media Studies and Psychology. Congratulations must also go to Teejay Tebite who also achieved three A*s and will go on to study Law at the University of Manchester.
This year has been a particularly strong year for our cricket stars who, despite a gruelling training and fixture schedule, all leave the school with professional cricket contracts and academic results of which they should be very proud. Well done to Alice Capsey who achieved the equivalent of an A* and A, Dan Ibrahim who achieved A*, A and C and Archie Lenham who achieved the equivalent two A*’s and A.
Congratulations also goes to Zara Henstock from Upminster in Essex who achieved an A* and two A’s in Maths, Physics and Chemistry and a Distinction in Dance. She will go on to study her passion – Dance at Urdang Academy in London. Emily Ostler from Caterham, Surrey also achieved an A* and two A’s in Animal Management, Biology and Religious Studies and will be studying Zoology at the University of Leeds, having been so inspired by the Zoo here at the Senior School.
Bede’s Deputy Head, John Tuson commented:
“After a tumultuous few years, it was wonderful to see pupils returning to something approaching normality - a normality characterised by the rigours of public exams. As always, these exam results only tell part of the story, but it is an important part, and therefore the outstanding results achieved by so many of our conscientious young people deserve to be celebrated.”
Bede’s Headmaster, Peter Goodyer added:
"At Bede's we are dedicated to creating a joyful learning experience, where our pupils can flourish and grow. This year’s results and individual achievements are testament not only to our philosophy, but also to our pupils’ commitment to their education. I am hugely proud of their successes and am confident that they will go on and achieve much in the next chapter of their lives, with the values we have instilled in their hearts and minds.”
There were impressive individual performances including Sophie Lindenfelser from Brighton who gained three A*s in French, German and Government & Politics as well as an A* in the EPQ. Valeriia Chorna from Ukraine achieved five A*s in Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Computer Science and German and will go on to study Physics at the University of Gottingen in Germany.
Violet Mo Witt from Brighton gained A*s in History, Media Studies, a distinction (D1) in Pre-U Literature in English and an A* the EPQ. Violet will be reading English at Exeter. Head of School Rodrigo Merlo achieved two A*s in Politics and History and an A in Geography and will read Politics and International Relations at Bristol.
There was further success across this cohort with James Tai from Wilmington who gained two A*s in Chemistry and Biology and an A in Maths and in the EPQ. James will go on to read Medicine at Queen Mary University of London. Lucia Oxenden Rodriguez from Forest Row achieved three A*s in French, Spanish and History and will take her place at UCL reading Language and Culture, whilst Will Gwynne from Eastbourne gained A*s in Drama and History alongside a distinction (D1) in English Literature and an A* in the EPQ. He will go on to study English Literature and History at Durham University.
This year has been a particularly strong year for Performing Arts with a number of Bede’s pupils leaving with strong results and places at the top colleges for dance, music and drama, including the talented Daisy Noton who has secured her place at the Royal Academy of Music.
Congratulations also to the six pupils amongst this cohort who will go on to study law at Russell Group Universities across the UK next academic year.
Bede’s Upper Fifth Pupils and Staff Celebrate Excellent GCSE Results
Today Bede’s Upper Fifth pupils and staff came together to celebrate their fantastic achievements this year with GCSE results that improved upon many of those which were awarded by teachers over the past two years, with 45% of all GCSEs graded at 9-7 (the equivalent of A*-A).
Bede’s Deputy Head, John Tuson said, “There has been a great deal written and spoken about inflated grades over the past two years. How brilliant therefore to see our students managing to do even better in the exam hall than when those grades were being awarded to them by their teachers, with the ‘CAGs’ of previous years. This particular cohort of young people, across the country, has missed out on so much and so, to see them succeed in this way is genuinely inspirational.”
Amongst top performing pupils were Bryony Frisby from Jevington who achieved an amazing ten of the highest grade 9’s (an equivalent to the highest A* grade) and Max Samland who gained nine grade 9’s, one grade 8 and an A*.
Huge congratulations must go to Will Gillett who was awarded eight of the very highest grade 9’s, one grade 8 and an A* and Antonia Clarke who was awarded seven grades 9’s, one grade 8 and an A*. Both Will and Antonia played lead roles in the Addams Family production at Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park Theatre earlier this year and juggled a busy rehearsal and performance schedule with their studies – well done both!
Bede’s Headmaster, Peter Goodyer added: “I am immensely proud of all our Upper Fifth pupils and every one of their achievements this year. Our pupils have demonstrated a huge amount of conscientiousness in respect of their studies and these results are testament to that. We look forward to the next part of their educational journey, building on the valuable lessons learnt not just for the classroom but for life.