STUDENTS at The Academy, Selsey, will be celebrating after a record year for GCSE results.
The school saw a seven per cent increase on last year in pupils getting five A* to C grades including English and maths – which is now 48 per cent.
Students which received five A* to C without English or maths was 90 per cent.
Assistant headteacher Tom Garfield said he was ‘absolutely delighted’ with the results.
High flier Rebecca Curd, 16, from Selsey received 13 A* to A grades in her GCSEs.
“We were so scared about most of the science exams,” she said. “I was hoping to get Bs.”
But she went one better, and got A grades in chemistry and biology, and also got an A* in English literature and an A in Maths.
“I am going to Havant College to study English, film studies and media. I want to go into working in film.”
She said she’s enjoyed her time at The Academy, and has ‘lots of memories’ from her school years.
Katie Alden, 16, from Selsey got As, Bs and Cs and is heading off to South Downs College to study dance.
“I did really well, better than expected,” she said.
“I’m excited but nervous for what’s next.”
Her friend Abby Robinson, 16, from Selsey got Bs and Cs and will join her at South Downs College to study musical theatre.
“I am not good with exams so I found them really hard,” she said.
“I did better than I thought I did so I’m really happy.”
She said her years at the high school had been ‘an emotional roller coaster’, but ‘a good roller coaster’.
English teacher Sarah Dinan said she was ‘delighted’ with the results.
“English did particularly well,” she said.
“It is well deserved. We got a record for English and its better than the national average.”
Another subject which did well was art, where 95 per cent of students got A* to C grades.
Art teacher Kira Bruce said: “I’m really pleased they worked really hard.”
Year 11s Ben Richer and his friend Calumn Overton, both from Selsey, decided to wait until they got home to open their results, but were both looking forward to bright futures in football.
Calumn has been offered a three-year sponsorship contract with football club AFC Wimbledon, and said he ‘loved every moment’ of his time at the school.
Ben is also hoping to secure a football contract, and said he is thinking about studying football training at Chichester College.
A statement from the school said: “Students at The Academy, Selsey, have excelled themselves. Year 11 students returning to collect GCSE results today heard the news that 2013 had the best results in the school’s history.
“Headteacher Vicky Wright is delighted that all of the strategies for improvement that her staff have implemented over the last four years have come to fruition, exemplified in the results achieved by the students in the school.
“Year 11 were a very motivated and dedicated tear group, identifying closely with the school motto ‘Pride in Excellence’, with each student aspiring to be the best that they could be.
“As the school moves into a new era with new leadership, Ms Wright wished the students even greater success in progress and achievement.”
For a full report see next week’s Observer for a special GCSE pullout (August 29).