THERE was joy at Rye College on Thursday as students and staff celebrated the best GCSE results the college has ever seen.
This year saw the numbers achieving five or more grades A* - C including English and Maths (the Government’s gold standard) rise to 60%. This is a 10% increase on last year.
Ann Cockerham, Executive Principal said “We are very proud of the achievements of all of the young people who took exams this year and we are delighted that our results have risen again.
“Our students, staff and governors have worked hard to achieve these results and we are grateful too for the excellent support and encouragement we receive from parents”.
Results in English, Maths, ICT, PE and the Arts were exceptionally high again. Thirty students achieved top grades in over 10 subjects.
“English results have risen dramatically this year with 79% of students achieving at least a grade C - a 20% increase on last year.
“The College is proud of the fact that over 90% of all students have left this year with a GCSE in both English and maths, an important foundation for the future.
“These excellent results follow a successful Ofsted inspection last term, which judged the College to be good in all aspects of its work.
“For the first time in over a decade, students leaving Rye College now have the option to stay in Rye for their post 16 education with the opening of the Rye Studio School in September.
“As one of only 30 Studio Schools in the country, the Rye Studio School is attracting interest from a wide area and will offer unique opportunities for young people who wish to pursue a career in the creative industries. “
Students celebrating success this week included Sadie Andrews, Elva Tucker, Beatrix Teasdale and Bella Woodcock - all of who gained a large number of A* - B grades.
Sam Sharp gained A;s in English and science subjects and A* in history while Jacob Hopkins gained A’s in music, art and design and graphics as well as five B grades.
Jake Armstrong was delighted with his A in art and design.
It is a great come back from the College which last year was affected by the controversial English exam marking which saw some schools threaten legal action.
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