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GCSE Results 2020​​​​​​​

You are extraordinary - please watch this video message to the class of 2020:

Please read the joint statement from all the secondary schools in Brighton and Hove:


Brighton & Hove Secondary School Partnership statement on exam results

GCSE Results 2020

As B&H Secondary Headteachers we write jointly to celebrate the hard work and resilience of Year 11 students, as well as the professionalism of teachers and leaders across the city on this most unusual of exam result days. Grades have been issued to students not on the basis of exam performance but on the professional opinion and expertise of school staff. Staff have shown great integrity in issuing grades that they felt reflected the hard work and endeavour shown by students and all grades were carefully considered. Students have coped with huge disruption to their learning, and the uncertainty over how they would be issued grades and what their progression to P16 would involve. It is not a day to celebrate the successes of individual schools, it is a day to celebrate the hard work, talent and skill of all of our Year 11 students, and all of our school staff. We are collectively proud of our students, and proud of our staff.

Varndean students are celebrating their GCSE results for 2020.

It has been an extraordinary year and our year 11 students have had to endure huge disruption to their learning and uncertainty about how their grades would be awarded.  We are delighted that the centre assessed grades have been used for the final results so that our students are being properly rewarded for their hard work, skill and resilience.

We are pleased to report a fantastic set of results for 2020.  Attainment continues to be very strong at Varndean.  38% of all grades awarded were grade 7, 8 or 9 and there were seven subjects where more than 40% of students achieved a grade 7 or better.  

This exceptional group of young people have surpassed the ambitious goals we set for them and shown how much they can achieve when they put their mind to it.  Over 68% of students achieved grades that were better than expected and 30% of students achieved grades that were 1 grade higher than expected on average in all of their subjects.

The students have been well supported by a team of dedicated and professional teachers and I would like to thank all the staff at Varndean for the part they have played in helping these students be so successful.  Families also play a huge part in this success and I am ever grateful to the parents, grandparents and siblings of our students who do so much to ensure our partnership is both strong and effective.  

Whether they are off to college or about to start an apprenticeship our year 11 leavers can now take their next steps with confidence.  They have the qualifications and the personal qualities to go on and achieve great things and on behalf of all the staff at Varndean I wish them every future success.


Gareth Hughes

Acting headteacher


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