913 A* grades and a grade 9 bonanza in the new GCSEs
Once again, Brighton is celebrating some of the best results in the country. In the 24 subjects with the traditional grading system, the grades were as follows:
And despite the press reporting that the new grade 9 would be virtually unattainable, Brighton's first results with the new reformed English syllabus produced 82 grade 9s.
Eight children produced a perfect score of 99A*A*A*A*A*A*A*A*A*.
Jack Chiu 9, 9, A*, A*, A*, A*, A*, A^, A*, A*, A*, A*
Joelle Chow 9, 9, A*, A*, A*, A*, A*, A*, A*, A*, A*, A*
Heather Clark 9, 9, A*, A*, A*, A*, A*, A*, A*, A*, A*
James Kent 9, 9, A*, A*, A*, A^, A*, A*, A*, A*, A*
Paras Patel 9, 9, A*, A*, A*, A*, A*, A*, A*, A*, A*
Jessica Pavey 9, 9, A*, A*, A*, A*, A*, A* , A*, A*, A*
Luc Smith 9, 9, A*, A*, A*, A*, A*, A^, A*, A*, A*
Sophie Trevillion 9, 9, A*, A*, A*, A*, A^, A*, A*, A*, A*
And there were smiles aplenty on the face of one particularly impressive young lady: Jessica Olliver. Jessica Olliver is profoundly deaf to such a degree that Miss Hamblett had to visit her in her previous school to see if she could cope in the busy world of a mainstream secondary school. Miss Hamblett gave Jessica the green light and, from the moment she began, she would not allow her disability to stop her from doing anything. I still occasionally spot her lip-reading attentively in assembly as her peer group shuffles and dozes on their benches. Every lesson and every activity must have brought challenges that no other boy or girl has faced. Yet, today she has obtained 8 A* grades. I am in awe.
And twins Dan and Ben Pluck achieved an incredible 18A*s between them.
Among those pupils with at least eight A* grades were:
Louis de Wardt