THE FIRST sets of GCSE results from the town’s two academies, which opened last September, provided much cause for celebration.
At The Hastings Academy, 46 per cent of students achieved at least five A* to C grades including maths and English, with 94 per cent of students achieving five A* to C GCSEs overall.
These results build upon the progress made by its predecessor school Hillcrest, which last year saw a rise in the percentage of students getting five A* to C grades including English and maths from 38 to 43 per cent.
Principal Theresa Phillips said: “Standards in this school keep improving due to our high expectations and the determination by staff to bring out the best in every student.
I am particularly delighted with a six per cent increase in the proportion of students achieving a C or above in English, despite a national decline in this subject.”
The percentage of students at The St Leonards Academy getting five or more A* to C grades including maths and English, was 51 per cent, with the percentage achieving five A* to C passes overall standing at 94 per cent.
Principal Jenny Jones said: “We are very pleased with our first set of results, which reflect the hard work and commitment of students and staff.
“We have exceeded our target and this forms a secure platform for the future success of the students at the academy.”
The St Leonards Academy was formed from The Grove, in Darwell Close, and Filsham Valley, in Edinburgh Road, St Leonards.
Last year 40 per cent of students at The Grove achieved five A* to C grades including maths and English, with the figure 53 per cent at Filsham Valley.
There was also a celebratory mood at Helenswood, with 64 per cent of students achieving five A* to C passes including English and maths, which is an increase of 15 per cent on last year’s figure.
Overall. 21 per cent of girls achieved A* and A grades, and 81 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades.
Headteacher Lucy Monk said: “I am absolutely thrilled at the record breaking set of results at Helenswood this year.
“They are testament to the hard work and dedication of all staff and students. Parents and carers should be justifiably proud of their daughters’ achievements, and we look forward to continuing to support many of the girls as they progress into AS and A2 study at Parkwood 6th Form.
“These results represent a great improvement on last year and are set to ensure that a record number of students from Helenswood School remain in education post-16.”
At William Parker Sports College, a final figure on the percentage of students achieving five A* to C grades was not available at the time of going to press, as confirmation of a considerable number of student results was still pending.
However, William Parker was celebrating some top individual results, with four students scooping 52 A* and A grades between them, and all 28 students who took early GCSE Maths achieving A* to C in the subject.
Headteacher John Court said: “Congratulations go to all those students who have achieved or exceeded their potential, and we wish them all well for their ongoing educational pathways.”
For the full coverage of GCSE results see the August 24 edition of the Observer.