GCSEs: Progress at Varndean School

Varndean School has reported an improvement on last year’s GCSE results.

It said 75 per cent of students achieved a grade 4 in English and maths – up from 67 per cent last year – and those achieving a grade 5 in the two subject has risen from 55 per cent to 59 per cent.

Students celebrate GCSE results

Students celebrate GCSE results

The school said there were many individual successes for Varndean students, notably Harper Taylor-Hanson and Bethany Chapman who both scored the maximum points possible for progress made.

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Alongside them, Dominic Counihan and Madeline Hogan made the most progress from their starting points.

The school said: “Our students and their teachers worked hard to come to terms with the new GCSEs this year and they deserve enormous praise and thanks for their tireless and joyous work. We send out thanks also to our Varndean families for their drive, support and belief in this incredible group of young people.”

Headteacher William Deighan said, ‘It is profoundly moving to see who these young people have become, over their five years with us. They are a rounded, ambitious and kind group of individuals. As well as achieving great exam results, they have raised thousands for charities both locally and abroad and have worked quietly and humbly in their communities.

“Varndean staff have worked alongside our students and their families in bringing about this success. We keep creativity at the heart of our curriculum to ensure that students grow as individuals as well as learners.

“We are immensely proud of the young people as they set off on the next stage of their adventure, we send a kindly nod to our fantastic Primary and Early Years colleagues who have shared their journey with us. Thank you.”