December 8 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Hundreds of A-level students across Ipswich are celebrating a fantastic set of results this morning.
Many students have now found they have made the grade for their first-choice universities – including some who will now be preparing for life at Cambridge or Oxford Universities.
The first cohort of A-level students at Ipswich Academy, in Lindbergh Road, had staff over the moon as 98% achieved A*-E grades, with 66% of those being graded at A*-C.
The academy saw 29 young people take their exams this year – 19 out of the 81 exams taken were graded as A* or A.
Principal Nancy Robinson said: “The students’ achievement in their exams means they are in an excellent position to decide on their future, whether that be higher education, apprenticeships or going straight into the workplace.”
At Suffolk One, 380 students sat their A-Levels with 78% achieving A-Cs – a 6% increase on last year.
164 students also got their level three national diploma results today – with 91% achieving distinction and merits.
Suffolk One principal, Alan Whittaker, said: “The fact that we have seen a 6pc rise across the board with our A-level results – that surpasses the national benchmark – is an incredible reward for all the hard work put in by our students and staff.”
Staff at Ipswich School were also celebrating as 100% of the 91 students who took their exams achieved A*-E grades with just over 93% of students being awarded A*-Cs. 49.5% of exams were graded as A* or A.
Headmaster Nicholas Weaver said: “We are particularly pleased with these grades as they show that we have improved on last year’s excellent results in every measure.”
At St Albans Catholic High School, 77 pupils sat their exams with 99% achieving A*-E grades, 75% A*-C and 20% achieving A*-As.
Headteacher, Colin Walker, said: “A level results at St Albans have again been a great success and this represents all the hard work and dedication of the pupils and their staff.”
At Copleston High School, meanwhile, 65% of students gained A*-C while there was an overall 97% pass rate.
Shaun Common, principal at Copleston High School, said the results represented the second highest points per candidate score in the history of the school.
“Our highest achieving student achieved four A*s and one A,” he said.
“We would like to congratulate our students and their families on their success at A Level this year
“Our students and staff have worked extremely conscientiously throughout the last two years to ensure the best possible outcomes.
“Most students have achieved their target grades and are delighted with their achievements.
“Throughout the last two years our Sixth Form students have made a huge contribution to the school as well as achieving these wonderful results.
“We wish them every success with the next stage of their career.”
At Northgate High School, Ipswich, Jonathan Andvig’s four A* grades in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics exactly matched his sister Rachel’s flawless A-level haul in 2011, narrowly pipping several other students who achieved three A* grades.
A total of 255 students sat A-levels at Northgate, with 79% achieving grades A*-C, compared to 81% of 251 students in 2012, when 99% achieved A*-E grades – just 1% more than this year.
Headteacher David Hutton said: “The high quality teaching and pastoral care provided by Northgate’s staff is a crucial part of our recipe for ongoing success and I would like to thank them for their hard work.
“I would also like to publicly congratulate all of our students and wish them the very best for the future.”
Students at Suffolk New College achieved a 99% pass rate in all subjects, with 74% of all students’ results graded between A*-C.
College principal Professor Dave Muller said: “Once again we have had a successful year with our A-level results.
“It is great to see our students achieving the good grades that they have worked so hard for.”
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.”
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.”
At the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook, meanwhile, 99% of 110 students who sat the exams achieved passed, while 81% recorded an A*-C grade.
Headmaster, James Lockwood, said: “Nearly a third of grades awarded were A*s or As and 39 pupils gained the equivalent of three A grades or above.
“I am delighted with what all our students have achieved; both in their A Level examinations and in terms of the life experiences they have gained here at the Royal Hospital School.”
A total of 41.2% of students at Ipswich High School for Girls achieved A*-A. All 35 students passed with 85.72% recording A*-C.
Departing head Elaine Purves, to be replaced by Oona Carlin in September, said “I am so proud of all the students – not only our wonderful Oxbridge candidates, but all of the girls who have achieved places at top universities.
“Congratulations also to Sixth Former, Amy Winship who has won a coveted place at RADA, which is an outstanding achievement.
“The results are a real credit to the enormous effort the girls have put in to their studies, to the dedication of all our staff and support of parents. We wish all the girls the very best for the future.”