Downlands Community School has officially confirmed outstanding GCSE results this year, with 77.3 per cent of pupils gaining five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths.
National computer glitches held up some official results on the day, but the Hassocks secondary school, one of the star performers in West Sussex, has confirmed that the pass rate in both English and Mathematics was 84 per cent with 29 pupils gaining A* in English.
For some pupils, achievements in Maths were beyond GCSE, approaching A Level standard.
Ellie Mason achieved 199 marks out of a possible 200 in her GCSE English Literature and Francesca Drew achieved 295 out of a possible total of 300 marks in her English Language course, scoring 100 per cent in the exam component.
The English Department launched its “Reach for the Stars” programme this week, which is a year long extra course designed to enrich the English classroom curriculum for high achievers. The aim is to inspire a lifelong passion for the subject whilst preparing pupils for A levels and beyond.