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The happy faces of Crawley’s GCSE students

It’s smiles all round as the towns GCSE students celebrate another successful year with their results.

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From all areas of Crawley nervous students have been collecting their GCSE results this morning.

GCSE results show that there has been a slight increase in the number of pupils across West Sussex who have achieved passes in English and Maths.

Figures show that an average of 65.7% secured passes in both English and Maths, compared to 65.4% in 2018.

Results in West Sussex are slightly lower than the average across England, Wales and Northern Ireland of 67.3% achieving passes in both English and Maths.

Most GCSE results in England are now being graded from 9 to 1, with 7 the equivalent to an A and 4 a C grade.

Early figures provided by West Sussex schools and academies combined show:
• The proportion of West Sussex students achieving the pass level Grade 4 (equivalent of a C grade) has gone up by 0.3%

• Schools’ Attainment 8 scores (the average of their students’ grades across eight key subjects) have also gone up from 37.1% to 44.5%, an increase of 7.4%.

Richard Burrett, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“I know pupils across the county, as well as teachers and school staff, have worked very hard during the past two years. I’m delighted that this has led to an increase in this year’s pass rate.

“I pass on my congratulations to those who have received their results and are now planning their next move, whether that is further study, employment or training.”


Students who did not achieve the grades they wanted are encouraged to speak to their school or college about the opportunities still available to them.

The results are provisional until the Department for Education issues more detailed examination results later this year and the figures have been confirmed.

Hazelwick School were very happy with the Chair of Governors saying how proud she was of the students hard work.

Kirsty Armstrong (pictured with Headteacher, Ann Fearon – 7 grade 9s , 2 grade 8s)

Headteacher, Ann Fearon, said:

“Our students should be immensely proud of their achievements and I congratulate them for their effort, commitment and resilience. The new ‘9-1’ GCSEs in all subjects continue to present a real challenge to all schools and I am delighted with how well our students have risen to that challenge. I would also like to thank Hazelwick staff and parents/carers for the fantastic support provided for our students.  Hazelwick School is a school to be proud of.  We are ambitious for our students and that ambition is making a positive difference to their futures.”

At Thomas Bennett Community College there was extra reason to celebrate after the Schools turbulent past years. But now the school has seen a massive rise in student results.

Headteacher Stuart Smith said:

“Congratulations to all of the Year 11 students for a set of fantastic results. They are a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication put into your studies this year and through your time as a student at Thomas Bennett.  I’d like to say a big thank you to staff for their commitment in ensuring that students were well prepared.  Also to parents and carers for working with the school and supporting students at home.  I wish all of the students the very best of luck in the next stage of their learning.”

Over at the Gatwick School it was their first Year 11 cohort who took their exams.

Head of School Mark Roessler stated:

“This year The Gatwick School had its first Year 11 cohort sitting their GCSE exams, and with less than 50 students sitting these exams, I am extremely proud of how they have risen to the challenge. They have led the way for all the other year groups who will follow them and I am delighted at how well our students have achieved; they are a credit to their families, to our school and, most importantly, to themselves. I am proud of my excellent staff who have supported and dedicated themselves to our students. They pride themselves on going above and beyond expectations on a daily basis for all students. I am also grateful to our families for their faith in The Gatwick School and for the support they have shown throughout the incredible journey that we have been on over the last 5 years. As Head of School, I am determined that ‘All Can Achieve’ at The Gatwick School. We provide students not only with the academic grounding that allows access to further education and employment, but an extremely high level of pastoral care and support, which enables all students to develop, both in self-confidence and in maintaining a strong moral compass, which is just as important as academic success”. 

At St Wilfrids there was more success with a high number of students achieving at least one grade 9.

Mr Ferry (Headteacher) said:

“We are seeing a lot of happy faces this morning and I am immensely proud of all of our students. The new examinations require students to cover much more detail than in the past and they have worked incredibly hard over the last two years. Make no mistake, the grades they are receiving today have been hard earned”.

Over at Ifield Community College Head teacher Rob Corbett paid tribute to the success of his pupils saying:

“ICC continues to go from strength to strength and the hard work of staff and students has paid off in our GCSE results this year. The school, judged good a year ago and expanding due to its’ popularity, is celebrating the success of its year eleven students.

We are extremely proud of the success of all of our students who showed the tenacity and dedication to succeed in the reformed qualifications.”

Ifield Community College GCSE students.

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Crawley students put a literary spin on their ‘lockdown’ life

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Crawley College students have been putting a literary spin on their lockdown life.

Last month, the Maths & English team dared their students to enter a college-wide ‘LockDown WriteUp’ challenge.

Students studying GCSE English or Functional Skills were invited to write 250 words, either fact or fiction, about the lockdown experience and they certainly didn’t disappoint.

Around 50 stories came in, with a selection of them chosen to appear on the college website. Amazon vouchers were  also up for grabs as prizes for stories that impressed staff the most.

David Towsey, Head of Learning for English & Maths, at Crawley College, said:

“We were delighted with the response from our students. Many of the entries came from our GCSE English students, which – for me – makes their accomplishments all the greater as many of them previously had less confidence in their writing ability.

“The aim of the competition was to provide an opportunity for us to share our stories in this unique time, and to make people smile and feel more connected to each other and to their college community.

“The variety of entries was fantastic, and it was inspiring to see how the students really tapped into their imagination and left us wanting more – the aim of all good storytellers!

“We’re proud to share just a small snapshot of these on the website, and hope people enjoy reading them as much as we have.”

You can read a selection of the ‘LockDown Write Up’ Crawley College stories at https://www.crawley.ac.uk/lockdown-writeup

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