AS THOUSANDS of schoolchildren open the envelopes to reveal their GCSE results today, schools across the county look set to remain above the national average despite a dip in grades.

After last year’s remarkable results, grades are expected to take a hit after warnings from England’s exams regulator that there is likely to be “variability” in grades because of significant changes to the qualifications.

But early indications suggest Sussex will still be above the national average when it comes to key performance indicators.

At Brighton and Hove High School, 58% of GCSE results were A* or A grades and 97% of students picked up A* to Cs.

Headteacher Jennifer Smith said: “The governors and I are delighted with our girls’ success. They have worked tremendously hard.

“With the impending demise of AS Levels, GCSE results are becoming more important than ever in terms of university entrance and so I am pleased by the results – over a third of girls achieved nine or more A* or A grades in challenging subjects.”

At Dorothy Stringer, 65% of Year 11 students achieved five A* to C grades including English and Maths, with 27% of the grades achieved at A or A*.

Head Richard Bradford said: “I am proud of the students who worked hard and challenged themselves do their best.

“Many are celebrating excellent personal academic achievements at all levels.

“I would also like to thank staff and parents who have worked incredibly hard.”

Brighton College enjoyed another impressive year, with the pass rate at 100% and 99.2% of grades A* to B.

At Lancing College, 27% of grades were A* and 19% of pupils managed a clean sweep of A or A* grades.

Headteacher Dominic Oliver said: “Congratulations to our GCSE candidates on their hard work and splendid results.

“As ever, we will have a hugely positive ‘added value’ score this year.

“Lancing brings out the very best in young people.”