Gallery: Students from across East Suffolk are celebrating a fine set of A-level results

A level results day for the students at Farlingaye High School in Woodbridge.

A level results day for the students at Farlingaye High School in Woodbridge. - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of students across East Suffolk have today collected their A-level results, the culmination of two years of hard work.

At Farlingaye High School in Woodbridge 188 students sat A-levels, with 99.5% achieving A*-E grades. Meanwhile the A*-C grade was 83% (87% excluding general studies).

Headteacher Sue Hargadon said: “We are utterly delighted with our outstanding A-levels results - one of our best years ever. The average total point score is 50 points higher than last year and the average grade at 229 is our highest yet. An excellent 36% of students achieved at least two A grades and 10% of grades are at A*.

“Four students achieved four A* grades and 22 students have achieved at least two A* grades. They are all going on to a wide range of courses including 12 who have places at Oxford or Cambridge or to read medicine, dentistry or veterinary science.

“This is a real tribute to the hard work by a fabulous group of students, who truly deserve their success, and the support they were given by their staff and parents.”


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Particular credit goes to Joe Grimwood, James Parsons, Bryony Porter and Rosa Shand, who all achieved at

least four A* grades and to Bonnie Shand ( Rosa’s twin), Megan Elsom, Chris Game, Dayna Hamilton and

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Sam Pryke who all achieved at least three A* grades.

Staff and students at Kesgrave High School are also celebrating an exceptional set of results.

A total of 165 students sat A-level exams, with 99% awarded a pass grade and 80% achieving A* to C.

Headteacher Nigel Burgoyne said: “The results this summer have smashed all previous records at the school. We are tremendously proud of the students and staff that have taught and supported them.

“Any parent of a sixth former will tell you just how hard their son or daughter has had to work to achieve their success. The work ethic amongst students at Kesgrave has been very admirable indeed and their exceptional results are thoroughly deserved.”

At Woodbridge School 123 students sat exams, with 89% achieving A*-C grade and 99% receiving A*-E.

Headmaster Stephen Cole said: “This year’s students replicated the consistently high results of their predecessors, achieving startling grades in the notoriously more difficult areas of maths, science and modern languages.

“In art all except one candidate gained an A* or A. Typical Woodbridge pupils develop the capacity to be creative, analytical and rigorous in their studies, as is evidenced by these fantastic results.

“I am very proud of them. I am also proud of the 12 students who had to receive their A-level results in Edinburgh where the School’s Fringe Festival production of Rosemary is receiving 5* reviews.”

At Framlingham College 79 students sat A-levels, with 87% achieving A*-C and 100% achieving A*-E. This is an improvement on last year’s results of 78% A*-C and 97% A*-E.

More than 20% of students gained at least three A* or A grades, and well over a third (36%) of all grades were A* or A. William Hamilton secured an outstanding four A*s and one A grade, which will give him a strong basis for his application to Cambridge University this year, while Emma Vidler confirmed her place reading medicine at Oxford University with three A*s and one A grade.

Headmaster Paul Taylor said he was “very pleased” with a with this fine set of results. “It has confirmed Framlingham as one of the leading academic schools in the area, particularly in terms of adding value to students’ innate abilities,” he continued. “It is good to see the combined efforts of students, teachers and parents being rewarded.”

Felixstowe Academy saw an improvement in results year-on-year – with 70% of students gaining A* to C grades compared with 62% last year, and 97% achieving A* to E.

Principal Andrew Salter said: “It would be true to say that we are all delighted with the performance of all our A level students this year.

“We have worked hard to ensure that we have given good advice and guidance to our students at the beginning of their Sixth Form studies in terms of appropriate course choices to match their skills and abilities following their GCSE successes.

“We are now seeing the results of this along with the fact that we have been constantly monitoring and improving our teaching at KS5.

“As well as the significant improvements in our headline figures this year compared to last, we are delighted to be reporting significant individual achievements from a large number of our students, with 15% of these achieving A* grades this year.

“I am delighted that many of our students are now able, with these excellent results, to move on to the next stage of their lives with confidence, a sense of pride, achievement and with excitement that the future for them is shining bright.”

Ninety two Year 13 students received their A-level results at Stowmarket High School this morning with 77% getting A*-C and 100% with A*-E grades. Last year 75% of students got grades A*-C.

Headteacher Keith Penn said: “The students of this year group have made quite exceptional progress and, most significantly, given themselves the maximum opportunity to take full advantage of the step-up this represents on to the next stage of their education or career.

“We are delighted once again that, despite the impact of much higher tuition fees this year, a very high proportion of our own students have applied for university and it appears at this stage that almost every single one has achieved the grades they needed to secure the place of their choice.”

At Diss High School of the 98 students 78% got A*-C with 100% getting A*-E. Twenty different students achieved at least one grade A.

Headteacher Dr Jan Hunt said she wished to congratulate students and staff for their dedicated hard work.

Students at Hartismere Sixth Form College have also been receiving their grades. The results have been hailed as “fantastic” by director of sixth form, Sarah Gray.

She said: “We are so pleased with the excellent results achieved by our students at both AS and A2. The students’ fantastic results reflect the hard work and commitment they have shown throughout sixth form. Particularly impressive is Genevieve Marsh-Feiley’s A*, A*, A with an A* in the Extended Project Qualification. She will read medicine in September.

“Alice Nichols’ four A grades mean she will begin a degree in translation at Durham. Justine Williams will begin a degree in maths at Sheffield having achieved A*, A*, A grades. The students and their parents and teachers should be justly proud of all their achievements.”

At Bungay High School 84 students sat their exams, with an overall pass rate (A*-E) of 97% and 72% achieving A*-C.

HeadteacherSean O’Neil congratulated students, staff and parents for their hard work.

“We are delighted with the way that the staff and students worked so well together given the changes that have taken place this year after school reorganisation, with our sixth form centre being excellently established under the leadership of Dr Louise Metcalfe and Miss Jo Somerfield at the new site on Hillside Road East,” he added.

At Alde Valley – formerly Leiston High School – 51 students sat A-level exams, with 81% achieving A*-C and 99% getting the required pass rate of A*-E.

Head of sixth form Anne-Marie Oaten said most students had secured a place at their chosen university.

She said she was delighted, adding: Students and staff have worked hard to produce these excellent results.”

Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham was also celebrating an excellent set of results.

A total of 130 youngsters sat the exams, with 70% achieving A*-C grades and 99% A*-E.

Headtaecher Philip Hurst said: “I congratulate all students and staff on these excellent results.

“Success at A-level reflects hard work and these results will take our young people onto university and their chosen career path.”

Five students have successfully obtained places at Oxbridge: Patrick Brooks, Connor Milne, Cailin Phoenix, Megan Hutchings and Maisie Hulbert.

At St Joseph’s College in Ipswich students and staff were celebrating the best set of results in the school’s history.

A record breaking 35% of all grades were top A* and A, with an overall pass rate of 96%. Meanwhile 76% of the 63 students who sat exams achieved A*-C.

Headmaster Chris Lumb said: “The results are testament to some high quality teaching and learning, and the school’s focused academic environment.

“I am very pleased indeed with such a good set of results, and particularly pleased with the stunning improvement in the academic standards at A-level at the top end. We do have a wide range of student abilities in our sixth form and the results are also very good indeed this year across the ability spectrum.

“A key strength of the school is our ability to bring out the best in each and every student. I congratulate all our students on such a terrific outcome. All their hard work has really paid off.”

Top scoring students included Laura, who is going to read history at York University, Geoffrey Leung who is off to study natural sciences at Imperial College London and Sam Ward, who has secured a place at Nottingham to read mathematics.

At Saint Felix, near Southwold, 35 students sat A-level exams, with 86% achieving A*-C and pass rate of 98%.

Meanwhile Headmistress Fran D’Alcorn said: ‘We are really delighted with this year’s results, which continue to confirm the very high academic standards our students achieve at Saint Felix. Eight candidates in all gained three or more A and A* grades. Our A-level grades continue to improve annually, with 42% of entries gaining A and A* grades. Almost all students have already secured their places at their first-choice universities. Over 60% of maths and further maths A-level candidates gained A or A*.”

Among students achieving three or more A and A* grades were James Dobson from Lowestoft, who is off to the UEA to read history, Joseph Pickles from Peasenhall, who will study medicine at Durham, Pascale Reeves from Beccles, who is off to Bath for sports and exercise science, and Henry Hughes, from Oulton Broad, who is taking a gap year.

At Sir John Leman High School in Beccles 60% of students achieved A*-C and 94% achieved A*-E.

Deputy head Mike Wilson said: “Yet again we have seen a further improvement in our A-level results with an increase in the percentage of our top A*-B grades. Furthermore there are some fantastic individual performances, of particular note is Lily Goodyer Sait who has been accepted into Oxford, reflecting the high quality of provision, diligence and commitment of our students. We wish to congratulate all our students who have done themselves credit and wish them every success for the future.”

Finborough School had 13 students find out their results today of which 67% got A*-C and 92% with A*-E grades.

Principal James Sinclair said: “We are really pleased with the results this year, which highlight academic excellence at Finborough School and our continued commitment to ensuring success for our pupils. Well done to all the pupils for their hard work and we wish them well for the future in their chosen universities.”

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