GCSE results – East Suffolk

STUDENTS across east Suffolk were beginning to discover this morning whether two years of hard work had paid off as they collected their GCSE results.

Like their A-level elders last week, early indications hinted it would be another record-breaking year for hundreds of Year 11 pupils.

All results given below are for the percentage of pupils who gained five A* to C grades including English and maths, unless stated otherwise.

Pupils are Northgate High School in Ipswich were celebrating success after 68% achieved grades A* to C.

Headteacher David Hutton was delighted with his student’s efforts, he added: “I couldn’t be more proud of Northgate’s pupils.


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“We have not only been able to stretch our most able pupils, several of whom have achieved all A* grades, but also provide relevant courses and support to all of our truly comprehensive intake.”

Meanwhile, at Kesgrave High School, head master Nigel Burgoyne announced that the school was celebrating “excellent individual results right across the ability range”, with 60% of students achieving grades A* to C.

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Mr Burgoyne later said: “Our students should be very proud of themselves; we are very proud of all of them and are delighted to see such a deserving year group achieve their potential.”

And at Ipswich School students were jumping for joy as they celebrated a star studded selection of results and an A* to C pass rate of 98%

Of the twenty seven pupils achieving A* and A grades in ten or more GCSEs, four have gained ten straight A*s.

“It is increasingly more difficult to get a place at university now, and so it is particularly pleasing to see our pupils laying such solid foundations for the future,” said new headmaster Nicholas Weaver.

“Thirty of our pupils have achieved the distinction of five or more A* grades each, the minimum standard often quoted as required by Oxford and Cambridge universities.”

Orwell High School in Felixstowe had its best ever GCSE results with 50pc achieving five or more with maths and English, twice the number last year.

Executive head teacher Rob Cawley said: “To say I am thrilled with the results would be an understatement! It is a great testament to the dedication of students and staff at Orwell High who have shown they can achieve the highest results in the school’s history despite an incredibly difficult year.”

Results were also up at Deben High in Felixstowe, where students also achieved the highest results in the school’s history.

Executive head teacher Rob Cawley said the number achieving five or more A*-C was 54pc, a six pc rise on last year, continuing the upward trend over the past four years.

“I am delighted that our students have achieved the best results in the school’s history this year! Congratulations to all staff and students for their huge amount of effort that has gone into achieving this exceptional result – we continue our year-on-year improvement and continue to aim to be an outstanding school,” said Mr Cawley.

At independent Amberfield School at Nacton pupils had plenty to celebrate.

Headmistress Linda Ingram said: “I am delighted that our overall pass rate at grades A* - C has remained at 91 per cent but this headline figure does not truly represent the range of abilities of our pupils.

“We are as thrilled with our pupil who gained 11 A*’s as with another who managed five passes. For the latter, the achievement was probably the greater.”

Schools and colleges across mid Suffolk were also toasting their pupils’ success with some recording their best ever results.

After being handed an excellent Ofsted report, students at Hartismere High School in Eye achieved some outstanding grades.

Headteacher James McAtear said: “Earlier this year the school received the top grade from Ofsted. These results – 96% with five A* to C grades and 70% with five A* to C grades including English and maths – are the culmination of an outstanding year.

“These results are a testament to the support of our parents and governors, the talent and commitment of our staff and the hard work of our scholars. Well done Hartismere.”

Andrew Bloom, headteacher at Stradbroke Business and Enterprise College, said the class of 2010 had delivered the college’s best ever results, with 63% achieving five A* to C, including English and maths.

He said: “I’m delighted that all the hard work by the pupils and staff has resulted in the best ever results at Stradbroke Business and Enterprise College.”

At Stowmarket High School 52% of pupils achieved five or more of the coveted A* to C passes – the school’s best ever results.

Headteacher Keith Penn said: “We are extremely pleased that the determination and hard work of our GCSE students, guided and supported by their teachers and parents, has resulted in well-deserved final grades.

“We are especially pleased with the marked improvement in maths, with 60% of our students gaining a grade C or better this year compared with 47% in 2009.

“Our congratulations and good wishes go to every one of them as they now move on with confidence to the next phase of their continuing education, many of them returning, of course, to study at an advanced level in our own Sixth Form where a record number of their older friends celebrated their own success last Thursday.”

Not far away in Stowupland more than half of the students scored five or more A* to C passes.

Headteacher Karen Grimes said: “Staff and students have worked extremely hard and the support of parents has been very much appreciated.

“We have seen improved results across a range of subjects and, as a specialist school, our 93% A to C pass rate in ICT is particularly pleasing. There has also been considerable success in second languages including Russian, Spanish and Portuguese.

“Students can embark on the next stage of their education with great confidence and they should be very proud of their achievements.”

At Debenham High School an impressive 75% of pupils managed to achieve the five A* to C pass rate – a “superb” new record.

Headteacher Mike Crawshaw said: “Congratulations go to all the students and staff who worked very hard to achieve these outstanding grades.”

Chairman of governors Richard Boulter also praised the hard work of staff and pupils, adding: “The very special ethos of the school helps to maintain high standards of work and behaviour which are evident in these spectacular results.”

A “fantastic” 76% of pupils GCSE students at Claydon High School managed to achieve the five A* to C passes, to the delight of headteacher Sarah Skinner and her staff.

She said: “It’s a really stunning set of results and we are just really proud of our students and the staff and how hard they all worked.”

Staff at Thurleston High School, in Defoe Road, Ipswich, said that they were delighted that 34% of students had achieved grades A* to C.

Mike Everett, head of the school, said: “They have all achieved very much in line with what we hoped of them and we are delighted. They have all meet the standard required of them to progress either in further education or their chosen paths.”

At Farlingaye High School in Woodbridge they celebrated their best ever year with 62% of pupils achieving five A* to C grades.

Among the high achievers were Zach Bond, Owen Smith, Louisa Skevington and Sam Nunn, who all got at least 10 A* grades.

Headteacher Sue Hargadon said: “We are absolutely delighted with a fabulous set of results, with 79% of students – our highest ever – achieving five A* to C grades. This has rounded off a great summer and is a real tribute to the very hard work of students who are so well supported by their parents and staff.”

At Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham they also had a record breaking set of results – with 70% of students gaining five or more A*-C passes .

Meanwhile 92% gained five or more grades at A*-C without English and maths, while eight pupils achieving all their passes at grades A* and A.

Headteacher Colin Hirst said he would like to congratulate all pupils on their achievements and would like to thank all staff for their commitment and dedication to providing the very highest quality of teaching.

Leiston High School also had its best ever year, with 47% of pupils gaining A* to C grades, 4% above their target.

Meanwhile 69% of students achieved five A* to C grades without English and maths.

Headteacher Ian Flintoff said: “I am really delighted by the achievements of the year 11 students. They responded incredibly well to the quality teaching of the staff and excellent leadership from our assistant Headteacher, Mr Mayhew.

“They worked hard and did themselves proud. I am especially pleased with the results from the first cohort of 34 students who studied applied courses at North Suffolk Skills Centre, our apprenticeships and the Engineering Diploma students. These results combine with some outstanding performance in the top grades creating a very able incoming sixth form cohort.”

At Framlingham College 96% of students achieved five A* to C grades, not including English and maths, while 50% of the grades awarded were A* to A grade – with a third of pupils gaining seven grades at A or above.

Among the top performers were Elizabeth Griggs who achieved 10 A*s and one A, Anna Thorne and Emily Higgins, who gained nine A*s and one A and Andrew Kwok, Christina Welsh and Natalie Fulcher who achieved seven A*s and three As.

Headmaster Paul Taylor said: “On most counts these are our best ever set of results and I would like to congratulate our pupils and teachers.”

Students at Woodbridge School celebrated another record breaking year with 94% achieving five A* to C grades.

Among the top performers were Pelham Etherington, who achieved 11A*s and one A plus As in AS level computing and chemistry, Patrick Stevens who had nine A*s plus As in three AS modules in chemistry and an A in an A2 computing A level, Andrew Wills who achieved nine A*s and one A and two As in AS chemistry and computing and Tom Clarke who achieved seven A*s plus two As at AS level in chemistry and computing.

Headmaster Stephen Cole praised the hard work of his pupils and said: “These exceptional results again further show just how a rich breadth of extra curricular commitment enhances rather than detracts from academic achievement.”

At St Felix School in Southwold 82% of pupils achieved five A* to C grades.

Among those that did particularly well were Emily Robins who achieved five A*s and six As, Henry Pauley and George Moss who both got five A*s and five As, Isaac Lister who achieved two A*s and eight As and James Heal who got one A* and 10 A grades.

Headteacher David Ward said he was delighted for all the students and the results were a reflection of their hard work, preparation and dedication.

He said this year was the first year the boys had out performed the girls since the school became co-educational around ten years ago.

Headmaster at St Albans Catholic High School in Ipswich was delighted that students achieved 63.4% grades A* to C.

He said: “This is a very respectable score and we have some outstanding successes including the achievements of Sophie Brown who has battled against Leukaemia during her GCSE year.”

At Westbourne Sports College they were busy celebrating the best ever GCSE results, achieving 58% A* to C grades.

Chris Edwards, school headteacher, said: “I am particularly pleased with how well our most able students have done, 47 students achieved ten or more high grade passes, and the top ten achieved six or more passes at a* or A.”

Students, parents and staff at Copleston High School said they were full with joy after achieved 67% A* to C.

Shaun Common, headteacher of the Ipswich school said: “We have many students who have exceeded their target grades and our congratulations to everyone in the Copleston community who have contributed to these outstanding achievements.”

Pupils at East Bergholt High School were celebrating a 52% pass grade of A* to Cs, a “testimony to the commitment of students.”

Meanwhile, at Hadleigh High School they were delighted to achieve some of the best results in the school’s history with 63% getting A* to C.

Headteacher, Caroline Gibson, said: “I congratulate pupils on the outstanding efforts they have made to achieve above and beyond what we could expect of them. Their success is well deserved.

“Our young people leave us particularly well qualified to succeed in their lives, whatever routes they wish to take.”

It was an amazing result for students at Ipswich High School for Girls who achieves an 100% pass grade for A* to Cs.

Elaine Purves, Head of the school said: “I am particularly thrilled that our percentage of A*’s has topped a record breaking 46% - it really highlights the phenomenal quality of the results the girls are achieving. I am delighted for the girls, their families and our staff on their fabulous achievements.”

Chantry High School headteacher Andrew Fell was pleased to report that 38pc of pupils achieved five A* to C GCSE results including English and Maths.

Meanwhile, a total of 61pc achieved overall A* to C grades.

Mr Fell said he was delighted with the results, adding: “This represents an enormous amount of hard work by our students.

“I would like to thank staff at Chantry High School for their dedication, helping to ensure all our pupils achieved their very best.”

Results at Holywells High were at near record levels, with a 30.4pc return on five A* to C grades including Maths & English and an overall toal of 46pc A* to Cs.

Executive head Ian Bloom said: “We are pleased that our headline figures continue the school’s pattern of progress.

“There are a number of outstanding individual performances and we are particularly pleased with the significant increase in the number of passes at the highest grades.

“Nearly 90pc of all of the school’s students gained at least one GCSE at grade C or better.

“My congratulations go to the students for their achievements, sincere thanks to the staff for their hard work and to parents and carers for their support.”

St Joseph’s College enjoyed another day of success stories following on from some excellent A-level and SAT exam results.

Principal Sian Grant said: “We are particularly pleased that, once again, the students of St Joseph’s College have been rewarded for all of their hard work over the last two years.

“Recent inspections have shown that the staff are doing an excellent job in supporting the students to achieve the levels that they deserve and which will help them to follow their chosen courses in the future.”

A total of 38pc of GCSE students at Stoke High School achieved five A* to C grades including English and Maths.

Meanwhile, an impressive 94pc achieved five A* to G grades including English and Maths

Janet Dickson, headteacher, said: “These represent an overall improvement on last year and an upward trend for the school.

“We are very proud of all of our students’ achievements and acknowledge their hard work and the continued dedication and hard work of our staff.”

Jake Aylmer gained 12 A* and As and is due to study A-level maths and sciences at the new Suffolk One centre in September along with more than half of this year’s leavers.

Chloe Plumsted and Hannah Stevens gained 5 A*s and Leah Goldbold and Kim Williams gained 10 A* and A grades and 9 A* and A grades respectively.

Steven Chan joined Stoke less than two years ago speaking no English at all and among a range of excellent results achieved an A*, A, B, and three Cs.

Staff at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook were jumping for joy after 90% of students achieved A* to C grades.

The Headmaster, Howard Blackett said: “I am delighted with these results – they are a testament to the hard work put in by pupils and staff over the last couple of years.”

At Lowestoft’s Kirkley High School, 34% of GCSE students managed to achieve five A* to C grades including maths and English

Headteacher Richard Pickard said: “I’m really proud of both students and staff in their achievements.

“I’m delighted that Kirkley High School has improved examination results for the second consecutive year.

“We are striving to meet the needs of individual pupils and raise both achievement and aspiration within the community.”

At Manningtree High School, there were 10 A* and A grades across the board for five individual students.

A* to C grades across all subjects were the best ever, at just under 70% with the results including English and maths staying at 55%.

Headteacher Deborah Hollister said: “Once again every student gained a qualification that will support them going on to the next stage of their education or into employment.

“The students have been well rewarded for an enormous amount of hard work over two years or more.”

In Lowestoft, there were smiles all around, with 42% of pupils at Denes High School gaining five or more top grades and 45% of those at Benjamin Britten High School reaching the benchmark.

Mark Lincoln, head teacher at Denes High, said: “This has been a great year. We’ve had lots of happy students and we’re all really pleased for them and their families.”

His counterpart at Benjamin Britten High, acting head teacher David Park, added: “These are great results. It feels as if we have made a major breakthrough as we’ve been improving consistently for the past five years. The percentage of pupils achieving five A* to C grades including English and maths is the highest in the histroy of the school.”

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