Bede's celebrated another fantastic year of results at A Level, BTEC and GCSE.
2019 A Level and BTEC results
This year’s Upper Sixth achieved 70% A*- B grades with half of all grades at A*- A, and one in five gaining a clean sweep of the top 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.
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. 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.
2019 GCSE results
Our Upper Fifth cohort achieved 78% of grades at 9 – 5 level, the equivalent of A*-B and 20% at 9 – 8, equivalent to an A* with more than one fifth of pupils getting 7 or more of the top grades.
Nearly half of all grades in Physics, Chemistry and Biology were awarded at 9-7 (equivalent to A*-A). Leading the way in the Humanities were History and Religious Studies and Bede’s traditional areas of strength were upheld with 84% of grades across the various visual arts disciplines also being awarded at 9-7 level.
Amongst the top performing pupils were Nathan De Silva from Lewes, Lilianna Jones from Ringmer, Daisy Noton from Herstmonceux and Aron Swanepoel from Eastbourne who were all awarded 5 of the very highest 9 grades. Also worthy of mention were Adam Bradley from Lewes who achieved 10 of the top 9-8 grades and Legat dancers Eliane Boyer from Eastbourne and Alexandra Clarke from Lewes, along with ISFA footballer Eloise Eyre and Nathan Odokonyero from Hove, who leaves Bede’s to join League 1 team Lincoln City FC, achieving 9 GCSEs at 9-7 grade.
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.
Peter Goodyer, Headmaster