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GCSE results: Another fall at Brighton Hill Community School
IT WAS a disappointing year for Brighton Hill Community School, where GCSE results fell for the third year in a row.
Just 48 per cent of students achieved five GCSEs between A* and C, including English and maths.
Although this was above the Government benchmark of 40 per cent, it was still seven percentage points down on the 2012 results.
Headteacher Charlie Currie said he was pleased with the individual star performers.
He said the results included “some real success stories” and added: “This year for the first time, 100 per cent of students gained at least one entry level qualification.”
Mr Currie said the school, in Brighton Way, was “emerging from some very turbulent times during recent years” after it was put in “special measures” by Ofsted in March 2011.
He added: “It’s very tempting for people, including schools, to see whether something is down or up on last year but we are not comparing like for like.”
Overall, 64 per cent of students achieved five or more GCSEs grade A* to C.
Kate Mahoney was one of the top-performing pupils.
The 16-year-old from Calleva Close, Hatch Warren, achieved six A*s and five As.
She said: “I was really nervous, I felt scared. I’m so relieved and so happy. I wasn’t expecting to do this well at all.”
Kate is going to Queen Mary’s College in September to study English literature, history, music, politics and geography.
Phoebe Haynes fought back tears when she opened her results to find she had an A in PE.
The 16-year-old from Brighton Hill was diagnosed with a hip problem just after deciding to take PE as a GCSE option.
She said: “I couldn’t do the physical side of it. I was quite sporty and active.”
Phoebe is now going to QMC to study biology, psychology, sociology and media.
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