HORSHAM’S Lizzie Freeman was awarded 10 A* in her GCSE results at Hurstpierpoint College.
Among the other top achievers were Benjamin Mason,from Steyning, West Sussex nine A*,1A; Elizabeth Freeman from Horsham, West Sussex 10 A* and Frederick Newmarch from Henfield, nine A*, 1A.
Tim Manly, headmaster, said: “We are celebrating some really excellent GCSE results today, results that are the best we have ever achieved.
“Good GCSEs in subjects that are valued by both universities and employers are such an important stepping stone to success in almost every career and the school is immensely pleased and proud that so many of our pupils performed to their full potential this summer.
“This year, we had 110 fifth formers at Hurst and their GCSE successes are a tribute to their hard work and the help and support given both by my great staff and also by their parents; bringing up children and enabling them to achieve to the best of their ability is a team game.
“I am particularly pleased that we have gained record number of A* grades this year and that we have equalled or surpassed last year’s outstanding performance in the number of passes at A*- A, A*- B and A*- C grades; in fact, over half of our candidates gained at least 6 A* - A grades or better.
“So, once again, the College’s pupils have delivered results which confirm the trend - now extending over five years - of year-on-year improvements in our performance in public examinations, both at GCSE and at A Level.
“They are superb results but no-one believes they are the whole picture. The full achievements of both our GCSE and A level cohorts cannot be reduced to a set of statistics considered in isolation and without reference to individual ability and personal achievement.
“When I look at this wonderful group of youngsters, I think about them as individuals not just in terms of their academic achievements but across the whole spectrum of their abilities and interests.
“Nearly all have made significant contributions to a number of areas of life in both school and the community - in sport, in the creative and dramatic arts and in our broad and very diverse cultural and intellectual life.
“Some have also overcome significant challenges during the year but all have pushed themselves and perhaps achieved more than they ever thought possible; in so doing they have developed as individuals in an environment that prizes ambition and excellence but also friendship, mutual respect, support and always giving of one’s best.
“The school is proud that, in this extraordinarily competitive year, nearly all its A level leavers gained a place at their university of first choice and that in only days we shall also be welcoming an exceptionally able and versatile group of youngsters into our Lower Sixth.
“The health and vitality of a school is powerfully influenced by the commitment and engagement of staff, pupils and parents and we are very fortunate that all three bodies are stronger than they have ever been.”