A-level results 2020: Live updates from East Suffolk schools and colleges
PUBLISHED: 11:54 13 August 2020 | UPDATED: 20:18 13 August 2020
Today is the day that hundreds of students find out their A-level results - so how well have young people in East Suffolk fared?
A-levels are shrouded in controversy this year following the cancellation of exams due to the coronavirus crisis.
With no exams, students have been graded by their teachers - but there are fears many results will be downgraded as part of exam regulator Ofqual’s plan to adjust grades so they are more in line with schools’ results from previous years.
But none of that takes away from how hard students have worked this year and what are likely to be some fantastic individual achievements.
The coronavirus pandemic also means almost all students will be receiving their results remotely missing out on the ritual picking up that dreaded envelope at school with friends and classmates.
Writing on Twitter, Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey said: “Good luck to Suffolk Coastal students who I expect are enduring butterfly moment.
“I hope you get the grades you were after for the next stage of your life. If not, you can get advice from teachers and lecturers or from the national helpline, 0800 100 900.”
Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham posted on Facebook: “Good luck to all students receiving A-level results today.”
We will update results from schools in East Suffolk as results come in to us.
Stowmarket High School
Like other high schools in the area, Stowmarket has not issued figures this year, due to the unusual circumstances.
Headteacher Dave Lee-Allan of Stowmarket High School has issued a statement, together with Sir John Leman High School in Beccles and the Waveney Valley Academies Trust.
They said: “As a group of schools, we would like to congratulate and praise the students across our schools who reacted so well to the abrupt end to their studies. They contributed so much to our communities during their time in our schools and they exemplify all that is good about young people.
“As everyone will be aware, this year’s A-level results have been awarded based on moderated lists of the grades our schools feel that each student would have achieved. Each grade was decided based on a rigorous process, involving teams of teachers analysing school work, assessments and results in ‘mock’ exams where appropriate. These predicted grades were sent into the exam boards who have ultimately decided the final outcome, using historical statistical data they hold about each school, set against a national standardisation process.
“Despite the distress caused by this year’s circumstances, including the last-minute decision by the government to suggest that students could be awarded their ‘mock grade’ following an appeal process, today’s results have rewarded our students for their dedication and commitment to their studies. Although they have been generated in an atypical way, captured in today’s grades is a recognition of the accumulation of considerable knowledge, understanding, skill and experience. Students should go forward with confidence in their grades, reassured that their endeavours have been recognised and rewarded.
“In light of the changed situation this summer, and the government’s decision not to publish any results, and in line with many other schools and Trusts, we are not providing any external statistics for any of our secondary schools this year. The wider community will be well aware of the commitment and strong track record of our schools.
“This year, it is enough simply to say thank you to our staff, our parents and all members of our wider community for their unstinting support, and to congratulate our students for their brilliant achievements today. We wish all of our young people every success and happiness for their futures.”
The school was today celebrating after receiving its “best A-level results ever”.
Out of 77 A-Level students in total:
16.5% achieved A*; 43.8% achieved A*-A; 75.2% achieved A*-B; 92.2% achieved A*-C.
Shona Norman, Head of Woodbridge School, said: “We could not be more delighted with how our Class of 2020 have risen to the exceptional challenge, and particularly the demands of recent months, to achieve our best A-level results ever.
“These results are testament to the hard work, dedication and complete commitment of both the students and teachers here at Woodbridge School. Behind each grade is a superb story and, as a community, we are proud of the fact that we serve to bring the very best out of each individual and we celebrate their individual and collective success”.
Saint Felix School, Southwold
Saint Felix staff and pupils were today celebrating strong results and minimal downgrading. The school said just 6% of marks submitted were downgraded, while some were actually upgraded.
Out of 39 pupils in total, results were:
60.5% achieved A*-B; 86% achieved A*-C; 98.8% achieved A*-E.
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Headmaster James Harrison said: “In this unusual year, we’re very pleased with another set of excellent A level results at Saint Felix. Grades awarded today were fair and accurate with just 6% having been downgraded compared to 40% as a national average, which is testament to the robustness of our internal tracking procedures in supplying credible and accurate evidence to the exam boards.
“It’s reassuring to see that the vast majority of our pupils have received the grades that they deserve, ensuring almost all of them a place at their first-choice universities. We commend the efforts of pupils and staff alike and are very proud of their achievements, especially in the challenging circumstances of this year.”
Saint Felix pupils who are celebrating today having secured places at their first-choice universities include joint head of school Lily Talbot, who has been a student at the school since nursery. Today she learned that her A* and two As for Latin, History and Geography have secured her a place at St Andrews to study Classics. Her twin sister Alice completed 3 AS Levels and is now taking a gap year before planning to return to higher education in 2021.
Fellow Head of School Georgy Gorovoy, who joined Saint Felix from Germany last year, collected his results from the school in person today. His grades of A*, A, B, B in German, Photography, French and Maths. along with an A for his EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). will see him return to Germany to take up a university place in September studying business management.
Stowupland High School
In common with many other high schools, Stowupland has decided not to release its results this year, saying: “In the light of the changed situation this summer, and the government’s decision not to publish any results, we are not providing numerical data for the media. It is enough simply to acknowledge the unstinting dedication and support of everyone in the school community: students, staff, parents and carers. There may well be some appeals to grades – and students will be supported fully in this - but this is the time to praise the genuine achievement of Year 13s secured in the most extraordinary circumstances.”
Headteacher Peter Whear said: ‘I have been enormously impressed by the tenacity of this group of Year 13 students. On behalf of the school, I should like to acknowledge the resilience and determination of our students who have achieved so well across the full range of subjects.
“Progression to Higher Education, apprenticeships and training is at an all-time high which bears testament to the commitment and character of the young people in our school.’
Karen Grimes, CEO of John Milton Academy Trust, said: ‘After so much uncertainty, we are delighted that students can now pursue their chosen paths with justified confidence – 87% have university or apprenticeship offers and others have secured employment routes with high level training. All our students have been with us since Year 9, and it has been an absolute privilege to watch them flourish and become such excellent role models.
“We are enormously proud of their achievements and wish them every success for the future.’
The overall picture for the majority of the 99 pupils at Ipswich School is excellent as results reveal 50% of students received A* to A grades.A further 79% of pupils achieved A* to B grades, 95% A* to C and nearly 100% got A* to E. Nicholas Weaver, headmaster at the school, said: “The overall picture for Ipswich School A Level results is excellent and reflects the school’s consistently outstanding academic performance.
“This is one of our strongest cohorts of students, and I am so proud of everything they have achieved. Over half of the results were graded A*-A and 29 students received at least three A grades.”
Twins Rohan and Rahul Sagu each won a place to study medicine at university, with Rohan going to Leicester and Rahul to Birmingham after achieving five A grades and one A* between them.
Seven students will be headed to Oxbridge universities to study a variety of subjects including Maths, Economics, Modern and Medieval Languages, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Science and Political Science, and Theology. Ben Cliff, head of sixth form added: “It is lovely to see our Year 13 leavers back in school this morning, for us to support them on this very important day.
“We are celebrating with the majority and making sure that we also focus on helping those students who have been disappointed in this unique year.”
Hartismere School and Sixth Form College
Hartismere in Eye is another school which is not issuing figures about results, but congratulated students on their hard work.
The school said today that sixth form students will progress to a range of competitive universities and apprenticeship placements.
Deputy Headteacher Sarah Gray said, ‘Their achievements are a testimony to the hard work of all our staff, governors and students and to the support given to them by their families in this exceptionally unusual situation’.
Chloe Williams, 18, from Mendlesham, a student at Hartismere, has reason to celebrate - as her results were very good, although slightly lower than she had expected. Chloe, who wants to be a doctor, has had her place at Leicester to study medicine confirmed.
She said: “I got two As for biology and maths and a B for chemistry. “I had been told I was predicted to get all A*s, but I am very pleased that I have got my place at Leicester.” The relieved student said: “It has been very stressful waiting - all the control has been taken out of our hands. I didn’t get very much sleep last night.” Chloe has been working for the East of England Ambulance Service since she finished school, as an ambulance care assistant, which has included driving ambulances. She plans to continue this work until she starts at university.
Farlingaye High School
In line with other local high schools, Farlingaye in Woodbridge released a statement congratulating its students, but did not release figures for this year’s results.
Headteacher Dr Andy Sievewright said: “The Year 13 students leaving Farlingaye High School this year do so in unique circumstances, and the challenges of the past five months mean that their grades have been determined by the exam boards using a statistical model, rather than by the students’ performance in final exams and assessments.
“While this has caused frustration and some distress for the Year 13 students and all those connected to them, we are nevertheless delighted that the great majority of the students have been able to use their results to access suitable higher education courses or high-level training opportunities.
“This year’s cohort has always impressed staff with their determination and resilience, and we are confident that they will go on to make a great success of their next steps. In line with other schools, and in light of the Government’s announcement that they will not be publishing exams data this year, we have decided not to issue numerical information about this year’s results. It is more appropriate to concentrate on congratulating our students on their many successes and on wishing them the very best for the future.”
Framlingham College did not release figures, but said: “We are extremely proud of all our exam candidates for what has been an extraordinary year. They have remained positive and determined through the whole process and their hard work needs to be recognised.
“Over 80% of College applicants have secured places at their first-choice universities. Our students will be going to 33 different institutions either this autumn or after a gap year to study some really wide-ranging subjects.”
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