GCSE results day 2019: Live updates from East Suffolk

Holly Wade and Olivia Stringer celebrated their GCSE results at Stowupland High School last summer.

Holly Wade and Olivia Stringer celebrated their GCSE results at Stowupland High School last summer. Picture: ALISTAIR DICK - Credit: Archant

Thousands of students across the country will today receive their long-awaited GCSE results - but how did the schools and colleges in East Suffolk perform?

Stay with us for live updates throughout the day - and make sure to send us your children's success stories.

Woodbridge School

Out of Woodbridge School's 77 GCSE pupils, 100% achieved at least a grade 4 in English and maths.

Shona Norman, acting head at Woodbridge School, said "I am incredibly pleased with the achievements of our year-11 pupils who have obtained results that place them well ahead of the national pass rates overall.

"Each pupil can feel proud of their excellent grades, with over half of the year group scoring at least one grade nine, which now nestle alongside their formidable accomplishments outside of the classroom."

Sir John Leman High School

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Both staff and students at the school worked incredibly hard this year to produce an 11% increase in the numbers of pupils achieving grade 5+ or above in English and maths, with 68% achieving grade 4 or above - setting a school record.

Phoebe Ellis was their top performing student with nine grade 9s, two grade 8s and an A grade in additional mathematics.

Headteacher Mr M J Taylor, said: "We are incredibly proud of our Year 11 cohort of 2019 (238 students). We asked them to 'make every moment count'; these results show they did just that. Well done!

"We wish them all every success for the future and for many that will happily be in our Sixth Form."

Debenham High School

An impressive 80% of students acheived grade 4 or above in English and maths this year - with 71% achieveing grades hgiher than 5 and 40% of all grades between 7 and 9.

A spokesman said: "Once again, staff and students have grappled, and mastered, the challenges of the new, demanding GCSE examinations. We are pleased to see that hard work and dedication has been rewarded in their grades.

"Whilst we are in our third year of the new GCSE examinations, comparison to previous years is difficult, however it appears as though as well as pleasing raw scores, students in this year group have made excellent progress from their starting points.

"Staff work hard to prepare students for their examinations, as well as ensuring the wider more holistic development of the child. We are delighted that we send out into the next stage of their life, capable young people, who will make a positive mark on the world."

Thomas Mills High School

Speaking of the schools impressive results, headteacher Philip Hurst said: "There are some amazing individual results with a number of students gaining the top grade 9 in the majority of their subjects. Over 26% of entries were grades 9 to 7."

Although the new GCSEs have been described as harder, it is clear that the 160 students have risen to the challenge.

Mr Hurst said: "The new exams are enabling students to study in more depth." The school is particularly proud that it has maintained a broad and balanced curriculum including studying languages. "We have not narrowed our curriculum to suit League Tables. Students can find their talents through our option choices. We have some students studying art, music and drama for example, whilst others may focus on the sciences."

Stradbroke High School

Once again the students have been rewarded for their hard work, with 65% achieving the benchmark of at least a grade 4 in both English and mathematics, with 51% of them exceeding grade 5 in these two subjects.

Meanwhile 35% of their students attained at least one grade of 8 or above.

John Axtell, the school's headteacher said: "I am overjoyed with the progress and attainment of all of our students. It is especially worth mentioning Spencer Kent, our head boy, who attained an amazing eight grade 9s and two grade 8s.

"Additionally, Katie Childs proved her talents in maths and sciences, with grade 9s in these subjects, as well as securing a grade A in additional maths, and a pass in level three algebra. Well done to all our students for their remarkable achievements.

"I am thrilled that the efforts of all our students, the dedication of staff and the support of families has paid dividends, enabling the students to pursue their future ambitions. We wish them all the very best as they move on very successfully from Stradbroke High School."

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