Record Numbers Head to Russell Group Universities & Strong GCSE results

Seaford College is celebrating as its trend of increasing the number of students securing places at Top Russell Group Universities continues. This is a record breaking year for Russell Group and 1st choice universities. Headmaster John Green, who took up the post four years ago and has implemented various successful strategies to improve the school’s academic core, said: “Seaford College has seen an impressive increase in our A*-B and A*-C A Level results from last year. Considering this is the first year of reverting back to the more traditional linear vs. modular testing, in most subjects, the results are even more impressive.”

Where once, pupils undertook AS exams and coursework that contributed towards their final mark, A Level grades are now determined solely on pupil exam performance at the end of the two-year courses. This major reform has, according to Rosamund McNeil, Head of Education and Equalities at the NUT, “created unnecessary stress and concern for pupils and teachers alike.” And exam boards have already said that the curriculum changes mean the A level results cannot be directly comparable to previous years.

However, here at Seaford College, Headmaster John Green is “very proud of how our students have responded to these changes with the challenges and the increased academic rigour that followed. We’ve continued our strong results in English, Maths, History, Geography and Business Studies. We’ve seen our best ever results in Psychology, which is renowned to be a tough A Level, with over a third achieving the top A*-A grade. It’s been another fantastic year for Art & Design and Photography.

Seaford students celebrated success across our broad curriculum. Notable successes include Mairi Donaldson, (from Haslemere), who secured an A* in Psychology, and A grades in PE and Geography, and goes on to read School and Exercise & Sports Science at Exeter University. Sam Hall, (from Haslemere), achieved three A grades in Economics, Geography and History and will read Policy, Politics & Economics at Birmingham University, and Peter Tutykhin,(from Santa Monica), also achieved three A grades in English Literature, History and Creative Writing and will read Politics and International Relations. Mattie Hansing (from Haslemere) achieved A* in Textiles and B grades in English Literature and History and will study Management & Marketing. Ross Millen, (from Dubai), achieved a Distinction* in BTEC Sport, and B grades in A Level Business Studies and Geography and is heading to Birmingham University to study Geology.

This year’s results, considering the proud inclusive and non-selective ethos of Seaford College, show that Seaford pupils are rising to the challenge and fulfilling their academic potential, on top of their other notable successes achieved over the course of the year in fields including Music, Drama and Sport. John said: “Part of our academic strategy 4 years ago was to review our Sixth Form curriculum, post this we decided to take the bold move to be one of the first independent schools in the area to introduce BTEC courses. The BTECs complemented our incredibly strong A Level curriculum and BTECs are now highly regarded by universities, including the top Russell Group universities. A recent survey has indicated that 1 in 4 students applying to university are offering a BTEC qualification and they undoubtedly support students’ different learning styles. We achieved a phenomenal 83% Distinction* or Distinction pass rate, which is equivalent to an A* or A at A Level and has the equivalent UCAS points. I’m proud to offer this breadth of choice to our students, and provide them with additional opportunities to discover new interests and achieve their personal bests.”

Headmaster John Green added: “Our pupils are increasingly ambitious in all aspects of their education, and we are immensely proud of all of their achievements across our diverse curriculum. The superb results this year demonstrate the undoubted strengthening academic core at the school.”

Seaford College offers a unique environment and inspiring personal ambition & success is part of its DNA.


Update 24th August 2017

Seaford College students have bucked the national trend again with very strong GCSE results this year.

Despite pass rates falling by 0.6% nationally amid the biggest exam shake-up in a generation, Seaford College students have maintained the impressive A*-C pass rate. Headmaster John Green said: “In spite of the volatility of GCSE results that have been described as the ‘hardest since the 1980s O Levels’, we achieved an outstanding 56% A*-A in English Literature and 50% A*-A result in English Language with 99% A*-C in English Literature and a 95% A*-C result in English Language, which is simply phenomenal. An unprecedented forty-four pupils achieved an A*A in English Language and Literature with thirteen achieving 2 A*s."

Read more here Trend Bucking GCSE Results 2017

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