Principal at Burgess Hill Academy 'proud' as school achieves 'best ever' GCSE results

The principal at Burgess Hill Academy has spoken of his joy after the school achieved its 'best ever' GCSE results.

Jon Francies said the impressive results was down to 'students being well prepared'.

Students at Burgess Hill Academy jumping for joy after receiving their GCSE results today. Picture: Liz Pearce

Students at Burgess Hill Academy jumping for joy after receiving their GCSE results today. Picture: Liz Pearce

He told the Middy: "I am really proud of them. They did fantastically well. Eighty-four per cent of students passed maths and 83 per cent passed English. Eighty per cent got both.

"It is our best results ever. We have done really well over the last couple of years but this is our best yet.

"This is because the students were well prepared and they put the effort in - they have got what they deserve. Well done to all students and staff for their hard work."

It was a straight set of A's for student Elle Lippett. She achieved an 8 in geography, the equivalent of an A*, 99 in science, a 'super A*' and 7's in all other subjects.

Elle Lippett with proud mum Amanda. Picture: Liz Pearce

Elle Lippett with proud mum Amanda. Picture: Liz Pearce

She said: "I am so happy, I put hours and hours into revising and it is so nice to know that the effort wasn't wasted. A lot of us are going out tonight to celebrate."

Elle is off to Varndean College next month to do A-Levels in geography, biology and photography. Her dream job would be something in photography, which she calls her 'passion'.

Proud mum Amanda said: "I am so proud of Elle and all of the students today. I know how much pressure they were up against.

"The school has been amazing. It couldn't have done anymore to support them.

High achiever Josh Corbett. Picture: Liz Pearce

High achiever Josh Corbett. Picture: Liz Pearce

"I came here and so did my husband. We have never ever had a problem with this school."

Josh Corbett was the highest achiever out of the boys at the school. He achieved nine As and A*s.

He said: "I am so pleased, I wasn't expecting the results at all, I am speechless."

Josh is off to St Paul's Catholic College next month to do A-Levels in maths, business and economics.

High achiever Lauren Wickens with assistant principal Adam Smith (left) and Caroline Gaiger, head of Year 11. Picture: Liz Pearce

High achiever Lauren Wickens with assistant principal Adam Smith (left) and Caroline Gaiger, head of Year 11. Picture: Liz Pearce

Another high achiever was Lauren Wickens. She achieved eight A's and A*'s.

She said: "It feels amazing. I feel like the hard work has paid off, I did so much work."

Lauren is also off to St Paul's Catholic College next month to do A-Levels in biology, business and law.

Other high achievers at the school this year were Ivy Whaley, who achieved nine A's and A*s; Jessica Newman, who achieved eight A's and A*'s; Sam Philmore, who achieved eight A's and A*'s; Jessica Newman, who achieved eight A's and A*'s; Lucie Jones, who achieved eight A's and A*'s; Ella Russell, who achieved seven A's and A*'s; Miranda Pierpoint, who achieved six A's and A*'s; and Harry Chatfield, who achieved six A's and A*'s

Many students also made amazing progress across eight subjects, the school said.

These were Amy Watson , Samjida Motin, Louise Wright, Anya Arogyaswamy and Naeem Abu- Naeem.

There were also some 'outstanding' pass rates in other subjects. Ninety-three per cent passed business, 100 per cent PE, 78 per cent history, 87 per cent geography, 75 per cent double science, 91 per cent performing arts, 84 per cent photography and 84 per cent Spanish.

Adam Smith, assistant principal, added: "It is out best ever results, I am incredibly pleased. I am overwhelmed to be honest.

"So many have put in so much effort, I am very proud. They are just a wonderful group of kids."

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