Another year of excellent GCSE results at Lancing

Following a strong performance in A Level results last week, pupils at Lancing College can celebrate a successful achievement in their GCSEs. 2018 has seen Lancing students take the revised 9-1 graded GCSE examinations in a wide range of subjects. Considerable success has been achieved with nearly 20% of grades awarded at the coveted Grade 9. Well over a third of all examinations in the new grading system were at Grades 8-9 and 53% at Grades 9-7.

This year’s highlights include:

  • 31% of the year group achieved eight or more GCSE passes at Grade 7/A or above
  • 21 students achieved five or more Grades 8s and 9s in the newly reformed examination subjects
  • 11 students scored five or more Grade 9s
  • Lancing’s fine tradition of musical excellence is reflected in this year’s results, where nearly 80% of Music grades achieved were at Grade A*-A
  • The Mathematics Department remains a great strength: nearly 70% of all grades achieved for the Year 11 GCSE Mathematics cohort were at Grades 9-7.

Commenting on the results, Dominic Oliver, Head Master, said:

'2018 saw our pupils in a large scale transition to the new 9-1 graded GCSE for the first time. Lancing has continued to take the A*-E IGCSE curriculum in a few subjects where we believe that this offers the most challenging and stimulating curriculum for our students. Our pupils have performed exceptionally well in this challenging qualifications environment and should feel proud of the results that they have achieved.

We are especially delighted to see further evidence of our strengths in Maths and the Sciences and this follows our excellent performance at A Level last week. At Lancing we aim to nourish the mind and nurture a love of learning. We don’t simply ‘teach to the test’ – our students are inspired to explore, challenge and build on current knowledge. Our academic results are again excellent but we place the highest premium on self-expression and independent thought: Lancing students challenge formulaic thinking with precision, imagination and wit.'

There were some remarkable individual performances within this impressive year group:

Esmé Agius-Kensell of Esher, Surrey scored a clean sweep of Grades 8 and 9s (with 9s in Biology, Chemistry, History and Spanish) along with an A in IGCSE English and goes on to the Lancing Sixth Form.

Ben Davies of Hove, East Sussex scored a clean sweep of As, 7s and above, scoring Grade 9s in Chemistry and French alongside A*s in English and Classical Civilisation, and progresses on to the Lancing Sixth Form.

Amelia Davis of Steyning, West Sussex achieved an incredible sweep of six Grade 9s (English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Latin) alongside an A* in English Literature and A grade the highest one can attain in the post-GCSE Additional Mathematics qualification, and a Grade 7 in Ancient Greek, a subject she studied off-timetable. She continues on to the Lancing Sixth Form to pursue her long-term aspiration of a career in Medicine, joining Lancing’s prestigious Medical Society.

Poppy Hawkins of Felpham, West Sussex was the winner of Lancing’s Intermediate English Prize. She hopes eventually to study English Literature at Cambridge, joining the College’s Head Girl who learned last week that she would be studying the subject at King’s College, Cambridge. Poppy’s aspiration seems well founded, having attained a Grade 9 in English Literature to join her A* in English Language and a further five Grade 8s and 9s and two Grade 7s.

Avery Ko attained an outstanding six Grade 9s along with A*s in First Language English, Religious Studies and Chinese among a clutch of excellent GCSE grades. She will continue to the Lancing Sixth Form where she will study Mathematics, the Sciences and English Literature and will join the prestigious Lancing Medical Society in preparation to study Medicine at university.

Lohith Konathala of North Lancing, West Sussex achieved an extraordinary nine Grade 9s along with a Grade 8 in French, an A* in English Language and Religious Studies along with the highest grade possible, an A, in the post-GCSE Additional Mathematics qualification. Lohith will continue to the Lancing Sixth Form to study Mathematics and the Sciences, and will join the prestigious Lancing Medical Society in preparation to study Medicine at university.

Michail Manthios of Lancing, West Sussex scored an A in English Language with A*s in Music and Classical Civilisation to join four Grade 9s and three Grade 8s and the highest grade possible, an A, in the post-GCSE Additional Mathematics qualification. Michail goes on to the Lancing Sixth Form where he will study the Sciences with a long-term wish to become an engineer. It continues an excellent few days for his family who last week learned that his sister, Dafni, left the Lancing Sixth Form with a clean sweep of As and A*s at A Level to go to the University of East Anglia to study Medicine.

Cecily Moorsom of Blandford Forum, Dorset scored an incredible sweep of eight Grade 9s, a single Grade 8 along with A*s in English and Music and the highest grade possible, an A, in the post-GCSE Additional Mathematics qualification. She goes on to the Lancing Sixth Form as one of the College’s leading Music Scholars where she will study the subject among her A Levels.

Angus Ngan achieved seven Grade 9s and a single Grade 8 to join three A*s and the highest grade possible, an A, in the post-GCSE Additional Mathematics qualification. He continues on to the Lancing Sixth Form where he wishes to work particularly with our outstanding History and Economics Departments with aspirations to study those disciplines at a top university.

Yana Murateva, originally from Bulgaria and working in her second language, scored a clean sweep of Grade 9s in all numerically graded subjects in addition to an A* in English Language and the highest grade possible, an A, in the post-GCSE Additional Mathematics qualification. Yana will continue to the Lancing Sixth Form to study Mathematics and the Sciences, and will join the prestigious Lancing Medical Society in preparation to study Medicine at university.

Nathaniel Oliver of Lancing, West Sussex scored a clean sweep of A*s, Grade 8s and 9s. He progressed to the College from Lancing Prep Hove and will go on to the Lancing Sixth Form where he will specialise in the arts and humanities with a particular emphasis on literature and the modern languages.

Mortimer Steele of Hove, East Sussex achieved an outstanding four Grade 9s, three Grade 8s and a single Grade 6 to join two A*s and the highest grade possible, an A, in the post-GCSE Additional Mathematics qualification. He will go on to study Mathematics and the Sciences at the College, where he continues a fine family tradition, his oldest brother having recently left the College to study Mathematics at Oxford. 

Aidan Strong of Hove, East Sussex achieved an excellent collection of GCSEs, featuring three A*s along with a further six Grade 9s and the highest grade possible, an A, in the post-GCSE Additional Mathematics qualification. He progresses to the Lancing Sixth Form where, as an outstanding musician, he will study that discipline alongside Mathematics and the Sciences.

Jonathan Williams of Lindfield, West Sussex achieved five Grade 9s, three Grade 8s and an A* alongside the highest grade possible, an A, in the post-GCSE Additional Mathematics qualification. He moves on to the Lancing Sixth Form where he will work, among other subjects, with the College’s outstanding Mathematics Department with aspirations to study the subject at university.

Connie (Constance) Winn-Taylor of West Chiltington, West Sussex achieved a clean sweep of A*s, Grade 8s and 9s, featuring Grade 9s in English Literature, Chemistry, French, History, Physics and Spanish. She progresses to the Lancing Sixth Form where she will specialise in modern and ancient languages.