Monthly Archives: November 2013

Record-breaking selection of children off to Oxbridge from BHASVIC in Hove

Record-breaking collection of children off to Oxbridge from BHASVIC in Hove

a faculty is celebrating a record-breaking year for the variety of students who’ve gained an area on the country’s most prestigious universities.

The scholars from Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) in Hove have gained their places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

This year’s cohort eclipsed the former record set in 2011 when 25 students were accepted to review at Oxbridge.


Dillan Saunders, one in every of BHASVIC’s 34 students who’ve made the grade, said: “Receiving my offer from Cambridge University was an immense moment which i’ll always remember.

“I am the primary person in my family to visit university, so we’re all delighted.

“I feel really spurred directly to study harder and await a future career in science.”

Success rates coincide with the introduction of a brand new tutor group system this year, specifically to support Oxbridge candidates and for college kids applying for medical and veterinary university courses.

Ellen Birch, who has a spot to review languages at King’s College, Cambridge University, said: “The support i’ve got received at BHASVIC have been fantastic as without that encouragement i wouldn’t were confident enough to use.

“I find it amazing to think i have been given the chance to check at King’s College.”

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Meanwhile, former Blatchington Mill student Isabel Lowe-Zinola has secured an area to check modern and medieval languages at Newnham College in Cambridge.

She said: “Applying to Cambridge was a thrilling but undoubtedly daunting experience.

“Of course, being given a proposal to review my favourite subject at and renowned university made all of it worth it.

“The support provided by BHASVIC, including meetings, visits from admissions tutors and interview practice, made the full process much simpler and easier than it could otherwise were and i’m very grateful for it.”

The opposite students offered places are Lara Busby, Jane Grant, Oliver Pickard, Jack Hoyle, Harry Roberts, Henry Nurick, Joe Powell, George Siddens, George Moore, Ellie Love, Tom Hughes, Edmund MacKeith, Michael Palmer, Adela Grant-Ryle, Ellie Bishop, Tula Geliot, Natasha Michael, Rob Day, Joe Issacs, Cleodie Rickard, Tim Henshall, Edward Conway, Richard Johnson, Ana Groom, Prashan Vicneswaran, Frances Livesey, Joseph O’Neill, Bethan Davies, Dan Gunn, Robert Hyder-Wilson and Richard Johnson.

Headteacher Chris Thomson said: “Our Oxbridge students have done outstandingly well this year.

“I am immensely pleased with them, the lecturers who’ve directly supported and encouraged them and all our students, teachers and support staff who work flat out to create a community of learning of which we’re all proud.”

Sussex schools GCSE ends in tables

Sussex schools GCSE leads to tables

Sussex schools were celebrating their best GCSE ends in years.

Best GCSEs in years celebrated in Sussex

Best GCSEs in years celebrated in Sussex

Secondary schools across Sussex are celebrating their best GCSE ends up in years.

West Sussex schools topped last year’s GCSE results and East Sussex pupils hit a four year high.

In East Sussex 59.9% of leavers achieved five A* to C GCSE grades including English and Maths, up from 58% last year.

The latter achieved the similar percentage, also up from 58% in 2012.


And both exceeded the national average of 59%.

A spokeswoman for East Sussex County Council said: “We congratulate pupils and schools for his or her exertions and success this year. We’re, however, not complacent and may continue to work with schools to drive standards still higher.”

As usual the head of the table in West Sussex was dominated by private schools with Hurstpierpoint College, The Towers Convent School and Upper Beeding (100%) sharing #1 spot, with all pupils getting five A* to C grades, including English and Maths.

In third place was the Our Lady of Sion School in Worthing at 97%, followed by Ardingly College at 91% and Shoreham College at 90%.

Millais School in Horsham was the head state school in seventh place with 85% achieving the five A* to C grades, including English and Maths.

Tanbridge House School, Horsham, was the subsequent best state school in ninth with 81% and St Paul’s Catholic College in Burgess Hill was11th with 79%.

The head two in East Sussex were private schools, with Battle Abbey School top with 93%, followed by Lewes Old Grammer School with 92%.

Third was faith school St Richard’s Catholic College in Bexhill at 82%, followed by private St Leonards-Mayfield School (78%) and state Willingdon Community School in Eastbourne at 78%.

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There has been also considerable improvement for plenty of the county’s lower performing colleges.

Under the government’s new guidelines – which states schools achieving not up to 40% A* – C are deemed as “failing” – five schools in East Sussex and 3 in West Sussex fell below that benchmark in 2012.

Yesterday’s release showed only one school in East and two in West were now in that bracket.

The most improved schools is Chatsmore Catholic Highschool in Worthing, which has gone from 43% in 2012 to 59% last year.

Mike Madden, headteacher, said: “Everyone on the school has worked incredibly hard to get these results. Not only the academics however the support staff and senior staff, all backed up by the governors.

“We are improving on a regular basis and we expect shall we be as much as 60% next year.”

Yesterday’s release also reveals the county’s A-level or equivalent qualification results.

Sixth forms and colleges are ranked by a points system per pupil which takes under consideration both A-levels and International Baccalaureate results.

As an example, a student securing three A*s at A-level would get 810 points. A fellow pupil receiving three Cs at A-level would get 630 while a student with three Ds would get 540.

Ardingly College topped West Sussex with 967.5 points per pupil with Worth School in Crawley second with 936.9 and Lancing College in third with 933.3.

In East Sussex St Leonards-Mayfield School came out on top with 872.8 points per pupil followed by Moira House Girls’ School , Eastbourne with 840 and Eastbourne College 824.8 points per pupil.

GCSE results rise in Sussex as official results released

GCSE results rise in Sussex as official results released

The upward trend of GCSE leads to Brighton and Hove’s schools have been confirmed after official figures were released last night.

The selection of students achieving the govt. benchmark of 5 A* to C GCSE grades including maths and English is at the rise across all the state schools within the city other than one.

Top of the pile once more is Brighton College, which has retained its flawless record of 100% of scholars attaining the benchmark for the third year in a row.


Headteacher Richard Cairns said: “I firmly believe that happy children are successful children.

“These terrific results reflect huge amounts of exertions and commitment at the portion of pupils and teachers alike.

“But, year after year, while achieving in their best , the lads and ladies here never lose their enthusiasm for all times outside the school room.

“They are the busiest, liveliest, most well-balanced teenagers you can still hope to fulfill and i’m, as ever, humbled by all they achieve.”

Brighton and Hove Highschool was second highest within the city with 94% of scholars attaining the benchmark.

The largest climber within the city was Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA), which has gone from 39% to 60% in only a year under new headteacher James Fox.

He said: “I am delighted that 60% of our students gained the Governments benchmark of 5 A* to C grades including English and Maths representing a 21% increase at the previous year.

“As long as i’m principal we will be able to always have the top aspirations for the children in our care.

“We have people’s children in our hands and their potential life chances which we take very seriously at PACA.

“This year we’re aiming even higher and are on target to outperformlast year’s best ever set of results.”

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The second one-highest improver was Blatchington Mill School, which broke 70% inside the benchmark when compared with 61% in 2012.

Cardinal Newman is additionally inside the 70s at 73%, up four per cent, and Dorothy Stringer at 72%, up five per cent at the previous year.

Derek Trimmer’s Hove Park also saw a four per cent rise as his GCSE students achieved 65%.

Sixty-four per cent of Varndean School students grabbed five or more A* to C grades, up seven per cent on 2012, while Longhill’s students were up five per cent to 50%.

PACA’s sister school Brighton Aldridge Community Academy pulled itself up from 40% to 46%.

But not every school received excellent news, with Patcham High down from 57% to 55% and Roedean falling from 89% to 77%.

Yesterday’s release also reveals the city’s A-level or equivalent qualification result.

Sixth forms and colleges are ranked by the common point score per pupil.

The purpose system takes into consideration students not just taking A-levels but additionally the International Baccalaureate.

As an illustration, a student securing three A*s at A-level would get 810 points. A fellow pupil receiving three Cs at A-level would get 630 while a student with three Ds would get 540.

Topping the table in Brighton and Hove is Bellerbys College with 1061 points for every student on average, the equivalent ofeach student receiving four As.

Second is Brighton College with 1011.7 with Roedean School in third with 1007.1.

Brighton and Hove Highschool was next with 838.9, followed by BHASVIC with 798.2, Varndean College with 744 and Blatchington Mill with 691.2.

The underside three were Cardinal Newman with 689.7, Hove Park with 664.9 and Portslade Aldridge Community Academy with 664.

See the entire table for Brighton and Hove Key Stage 4 and 5.

Don’t miss The Argus tomorrow for West Sussex and East Sussex figures.

Ex Brighton College head wants rich to pay to send kids to popular schools

Ex Brighton College head wants rich to pay to send kids to popular schools

The previous head of Brighton College has called on wealthy parents to pay as much as £20,000 a year to send their children to the most well liked state schools.

Dr Anthony Seldon, who was head from 1997 to 2006, also said private schools can be made to order 1 / 4 in their places for youngsters from the poorest families.

In a report for the Social Market Foundation think-tank, the nowmaster at Wellington College in Berkshire said the move was necessary to close the “unfair” gap in achievement between the richest and poorest.


The 60-year-old said: “We need to end this unfair farce whereby middle-class parents dominate the most efficient schools, after they could afford to pay or even boast in their moral superiority in using the state system when all they’re doing is squeezing out the poor from the simplest schools.”

Laying out his proposal Dr Seldon said families with a combined income of £80,000 have to be charged if their child attends an oversubscribed school.

Those earning £200,000 a year could be forced to pay £20,000 a year for secondary schools and £15,000 for primary schools.

The amounts are such as what it’ll cost at private schools.

He added it is just fair that if parents can afford to pay for better schooling, which they’ve secured by means of their sharp elbows to monopolise the appropriate schools, then they ought to be made to take action. He said: “Instead of estate agents and personal tutors getting rich let’s put this money into the state system.

“The more parents earn the more they need to pay”.

Explaining his fears within the report, he said the waste of talent was harming the country’s economic progress.

The finger was largely pointed at wealthy parents who he said creamed the places on the best state schools by buying houses inside the local catchment area after which procuring private tutoring to make sure their children passed the entry exam if required.

As portion of his proposal he also said more private schools should sponsor state academies.

He concluded: “Britain may be in debt for decades to come back. We should always be searching for every possible source of additional funds to come back into public services and state schooling is the last great bastion holding out against the main of payment.”

Uplands Community College pupils smash early entry grade record

Academic aces have started 2014 in record-breaking fashion by smashing their college’s previous exams achievements.

Uplands Community College in Wadhurst is celebrating the success of its year 11 students of their early entry GCSE English language exams after 80% achieved a pass at grades A* to C.

The early entry examinations were taken last November and the consequences, released on Thursday, January 9, surpassed their previous achievements. All students in year 11 on the school took the exams and just about all achieved their challenge target for English language.


Year 11 student, Tom Craston, said: “I am really proud of my English result.

“I tried my absolute hardest and this shows that in case you installed exertions you are going to achieve what you desire.”

The early exams were taken soon after the dep. for education made changes to the league tables for secondary schools.

The changes dictate that the end result achieved from a student’s first sitting of an examination subject in English, English literature, mathematics, science, history, geography and modern foreign languages will count within the school’s performance tables.

Later retakes taken by students to enhance grades cannot count within the league tables. Which means that by giving pupils the chance to take exams early the faculty risks its league table position.

But in 2012, the faculty found itself comfortably within the top 1/2 schools nationally, with 64% of scholars achieving a minimum of five A* to C GCSEs when compared with the national average of 59.4%.

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Liam Collins, headteacher, said: “If this alteration to policy is calling us to choose from our league table position and the life probabilities of our teens, Uplands will always select the latter.

“Early entry is used to maximize a student’s onwards progress towards a very good final grade and at Uplands we believe students should enter early for an examination when it’s of their best interest to take action.

“Despite the government’s changes, we decided to continue with the November exam entries, because it helps ensure our children access the broadest range of pathways on the end of year 11.”

Teacher from Hove finds fame in BBC documentary Tough Young Teachers

A geography teacher from Hove has become an unlikely TV star after appearing within the BBC3 reality show Tough Young Teachers.

Privately educated Chloe Shaw, 24, is considered one of six top graduates followed by TV cameras as she teaches geography to GCSE pupils on the Archbishop LanFranc School in Croydon, a state secondary school ranked ‘satisfactory’ by Ofsted in 2012.

Because the second episode of the six-part series was aired last night, the trainer, who grew up in Hove and attended Brighton and Hove Highschool, said: “It was a really interesting experience since it has opened my eyes to the problem of inequality within the education system on this country. i’m hoping that as a teacher i will make some style of impact on that.”

The basis of the show is that viewers can watch as privately educated trainee teachers, recruited by the charity Teach First on a quick-track training scheme, are placed in “challenging” schools.

The BBC was given unprecedented access to coach First, whose aim is to finish inequality in education, to make the show, which has another four episodes to run.

Read The large Interview with Chloe Shaw within the Argus tomorrow


Longhill School complaint against Ofsted report rejected

An official complaint made against an Ofsted report which said a college “requires improvement” has not been upheld.

The pinnacle teacher at Longhill Highschool in Falmer Road, Rottingdean, branded the unique report “illogical and irrational” after the college was told to enhance after an inspection in October last year.

The Brighton and Hove City Council secondary school, which previously boasted a “good with outstanding features” rating, said the downgrading was “surprising”.


In his complaint head teacher Haydn Stride claimed there were serious procedural shortcomings and demanded a brand new inspection by a special team.

He also contested it with Tribal Group, the corporate that performed the report under contract to Ofsted.

Tribal said the unique report was fair and a brand new inspection can not happen. It added the complaint to Ofsted had also not been upheld In a letter to folks and pupils Mr Stride said he must “accept their judgements”.

He said: “I have put into place a vigorous sequence of monitoring visits and future inspections from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate (HMI) across this year.

“I have already arranged monitoring visits from the local authority and HMI.

“Their feedback supports the extra strategies the college has now in place to reinforce teaching and learning and the progress of our students.”

An external HMI inspector visited the varsity on Tuesday.

Mr Stride said: “The outcome of this visit could be within the kind of an official letter, which i’ll publish to all parents.

“I intent to copy this process each half term to illustrate to oldsters the progress we’re making, supported by the HMI across this next year.”

Mr Stride, who said he had the support of fogeys, added: “I intend to maintain you informed each half term of every inspection that i’ll arrange to enable you to the boldness that the faculty is meeting the necessities to maneuver back to our ‘good’ rating as quickly as possible.

“It it is going to be after this year’s results were received, where i’ll invite another full inspection to enable the judgement change.

“This could be a difficult year for us at college however the outcome may be ultimately a good one.”

WITH VIDEO: Flashmob in Brighton to encourage more people into work and coaching

WITH VIDEO: Flashmob in Brighton to encourage more people into work and training

Students made a song and dance of a campaign to get more people into work or training.

City College Brighton and Hove’s Prince’s Trust team joined forces with Fishersgate’s Lighthouse Community choir to organise a ‘flashmob’ at Churchill Square during Saturday lunchtime.

The development was organised to elevate awareness of the Prince’s Trust ‘Team’ programme, a 12-week personal development course which helps unemployed youth gain the talents and confidence to maneuver into work or training.

For more info on Prince’s Trust Team programmes at City College, call 07552 446724 or just text the word TEAM and your name to that number.


Top lawyer offers to assist Sussex University students facing ban

Top lawyer offers to assist Sussex University students facing ban

Some of the world’s leading barristers has stepped in to defend four students who face being thrown out of university.

Geoffrey Robertson QC, who has notably represented Julian Assange, Salman Rushdie and Malcolm X, is offering his services to four students on the University of Sussex.

They face a disciplinary hearing on the Falmer Campus on Friday following their “persistent disruption” during a string of protests.


The scholars were suspended from studies in December – resulting in a 9,000-plus signature petition of support and an early day motion in Parliament.

The protests, which date back to early 2013, concern the outsourcing of campus jobs.

Michael Segalov, a last year Law with Diplomacy student, is a type of facing the hearing.

He said: “Senior management are deliberately attempting to make us feel unwelcome at an establishment which I’ve always called home.

“How are we meant to feel component to a school that punishes students for protesting and excludes the campus community from participating within the decision-making processes?”

Mr Robertson QC is thought of as one of the vital successful human rights barristers of all time.

Ever since qualifying in 1975, he has attracted big cases including that of The Guardian against Neil Hamilton MP, Mike Tyson versus the British Boxing Board of Control and Julian Assange in his extradition hearing from the united kingdom.

He has also represented many news agencies including the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.

He’s going to be joined by fellow QC Paul Bowen in defending the scholars.