Exam success for Rye College

Students celebrate success
Another set good enough to show off!
Results good enough to show off!

Students at Rye College were celebrating some of the best GCSE results the College has ever achieved. This year saw the numbers achieving five or more grades A* – C including English and maths rise to 56%. This is a 19% increase on last year.

Ann Cockerham, Executive Principal, said “We are very proud of the achievements of all of the young people who took exams this year and delighted to see the College picking up the trend of improvement it had enjoyed for several years. Our students, staff and governors have worked hard to achieve these results and we are grateful too for the excellent support and encouragement we have received from parents. Rye College is improving rapidly and is set to see great results next year too”.

Results in English, maths, science and the visual and performing arts were particularly high.

Over 59% of all students have left this year with top grades in both English and maths, an important foundation for the future and a 15% increase on last year.

Another happy student
Another happy student

Many Rye College students achieved exceptional results. More than 20% of students achieved top grades in ten or more subjects, with over half of their grades at A* or A.

Issi Riggs achieved 9 A* grades, 1 A grade and a B grade.
Thomas Pickering achieved 7 A* grades 3 A grades and a B grade.
Holly Eldridge achieved 6 A* grades, 5 A grades and a B grade
Caroline Jackson achieved 3 A* grades, 6 A grades and a B grade.

Rye Studio school results also outstanding

Last week’s A level and BTEC level 3 results at Rye Studio were excellent. At A level, the school achieved a 100% pass rate and in all Level 3 awards, there were even more A* and A grades than last year. In the first year of the UAL Level 4 Foundation Diploma, distinctions were the order of the day. All students progressed on to the university of their choice, with one student gaining a place at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and another at the New York College of Film (LA campus)

Now Rye Studio’s Year 11 graduates are now set to fast track to careers in the creative sector. 2016 saw much improved KS4 results in English, Maths and Science.

67% of students achieved top grades in English, exceeding the national average. Students excelled in their Performing Arts Double Award, having worked with industry professionals. The visual arts subjects enjoyed a 100% A* – C pass rate.

Recruitment for places in Year 12 and for the UAL Level 4 Foundation Diploma opens on September 5 for young people keen to pursue a career in the creative industries.

Photos: Rye College


  1. This is to send hearty congratulations to Rye College and Studio School students for achieving another hike in exam results for their institutions — and in particular, to say thanks on behalf of many Ryers to Ann Cockerham, now retiring as Executive Principal, who has done such an outstanding and inspiring job of boosting morale, achievements and the status of Rye’s educational institutions. She will be sorely missed but has built a great team to carry on.


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