A-level results day 2021: Live updates from Ipswich and Felixstowe

James Dolan, Lucie Robbins, Oliver Betts and Laura Thomson from Copleston celebrate their A-level successes

James Dolan, Lucie Robbins, Oliver Betts and Laura Thomson from Copleston High School in Ipswich celebrate their A-level successes. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown/Archant

Hundreds of students across Suffolk will receive their A-level and BTEC results today, including many in the Ipswich and Felixstowe areas.

We will bring you news throughout the day from schools in the area via this live feed, as the results roll in.

Some schools have not announced detailed results due to the impact of the continuing pandemic, but still wanted to praise their students for all their hard work and the successes they have achieved.

Copleston High School, Ipswich

Staff, students and parents at Copleston were today celebrating A-level successes, as principal Andy Green congratulated students and praised their "tireless" work during a uniquely challenging year.

A total of 137 students at Copleston took A-levels, with 86% achieving grades A* to C, while 99.7% achieved grades A* to E.

Mr Green said: "We would like to congratulate our students, their families and our staff on their successes in their A-level results this year.

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"The last two academic years have been very challenging, and our students have worked tirelessly to ensure their studies remained a priority throughout the pandemic.

Andy Green, principal of Copleston High School in Ipswich

Andy Green, principal of Copleston High School in Ipswich - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown/Archant

"We have many outstanding individual performances to celebrate. Throughout their time in the sixth form, our students have made a huge contribution to the school, and we wish them every success with the next stage of their career."

He said the results, were testament to the hard work of both students and staff all through the pandemic, and added: "The students have completed a huge number of assessments here to get these results, which are really deserved."

Mr Green said: "We are really excited and pleased with the results we have got. They're certainly the best we have ever had, and we have a huge number of students going to top universities." 

Copleston High School student Laura Thomson gained three A*'s and one A

Copleston High School student Laura Thomson gained three A*'s and one A - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown/Archant

Copleston student Laura Thomson gained three A*'s and one A. She said: "I'm going to the University of Bath to study computer science. I'm really excited."

Oliver Betts said: "I got an A*, an A and a B, and I am going to York to study maths and philosophy. I'm feeling brilliant about that.

"Learning at home was quite hard, trying to find the motivation to keep going. All through the pandemic, it has been a bit difficult, but we got through it and I'm happy with the grades I got." 

Lucie Robbins of Copleston High School gained A*, A, B and is going to study astrophysics at Royal Holloway.

Lucie Robbins of Copleston High School gained A*, A and B grades and is going to study astrophysics at Royal Holloway. - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown/Archant

Lucie Robbins, who got three A* and an A, is going to Royal Holloway to read astrophysics in September. "It's going to hard but really fun," she said.

And James Dolan said: "I am very happy. I got four A*s and that means I am going to to the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. It feels really amazing."

James Dolan of Copleston High School gained four A*'s and is going to the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

James Dolan of Copleston High School gained four A*'s and is going to the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown/Archant

Kesgrave High School

The school has paid tribute to students' hard work, with headteacher Julia Upton saying: "Students have learnt more than ever before from their last two years of academic study, having lived and learnt through two lockdowns during their A Level and BTEC studies.

"They have shown resilience and dedication like no other school year before them."

Kesgrave High School students Millie Batho, Maisie Gibbons and Jessica Jay celebrating their results

Kesgrave High School students Millie Batho, Maisie Gibbons and Jessica Jay celebrating their results. - Credit: Kesgrave High School

A total of 88% of grades were A*-C and 99.8% of results A*-E Grade.

Miss Upton said: "Whilst the process of awarding grades this year was unique, these results are no less well-deserved, and the students’ and teachers’ delight in their receipt no less heartfelt.

Kesgrave High School students Maisie Jones and Gemma Clarke congratulate each other.

Kesgrave High School students Maisie Jones and Gemma Clarke congratulate each other. - Credit: Kesgrave High School

"These results reflect the hard work and dedication of all in the last two years. As they move on to university and employment, we know that these students will continue to make a positive contribution to the communities around them, through both their talent, but also their commitment and compassion."

Felixstowe School

Felixstowe School is congratulating its students on their A-level achievements and said all students wishing to study at degree level have been successful in obtaining their place at their chosen university.

The school said that, despite the challenging circumstances of the past couple of years, students are celebrating their Level 3 qualifications.

Assistant headteacher for sixth form, Xavier Norte, said: “I am so proud of all our students. They are a credit to the school and their families.

"It has been an extremely challenging couple of years for them, so It has been pleasing to see our students achieve their best and move on to the next stage of their lives. We wish all of our leavers every success in the future.”

Ipswich School

Ipswich School’s headmaster, Nicholas Weaver, said how proud he was of this year’s A-level students, as the results were announced today.

Students jumping for joy over their results at Ipswich School

Students jumping for joy over their results at Ipswich School - Credit: Warren Page/Ipswich School

“Through the whole pandemic, this group of students have worked so hard to achieve these results.

"I am very proud of the way in which they have dealt with everything that has come their way - online learning, revisions to assessments and changes to what has been expected of them. Well done to them all,” he said.

Students celebrating their A-level results at Ipswich School

Students celebrating their A-level results at Ipswich School - Credit: Warren Page/Ipswich School

A total of 119 students took A-levels, with 61.6% achieving A*-A grades, 96.6% achieving A* to C and 100% achieving A* to E.

Ben Althen and Ameera Cunningham each achieved five A* grades. Ameera will be studying natural sciences at the University of Cambridge, while Ben is going to be studying politics and international studies at Warwick University.

Head Girl Florence Grist achieved 4 A* grades and will be going to the University of Birmingham to study Music and Russian, and Head Boy Charlie Coe achieved 3 A* grades and is going to Durham University to study Geography.

Head boy Charlie Coe and head girl Florence Grist celebrating their A-level results at Ipswich School. 

Head boy Charlie Coe and head girl Florence Grist celebrating their A-level results at Ipswich School. - Credit: Warren Page/Ipswich School

Mr Weaver added: “I am also proud of the way in which our teaching staff have delivered an outstanding and comprehensive education through the most testing time, to ensure that our young people are well-prepared for the next stage of their journey.”

"Ipswich School is celebrating diversity across the excellent achievements of our students today. We have an exceptionally broad A-level curriculum with 27 subjects offered to students.

Students celebrating their A-level results at Ipswich School

Students celebrating their A-level results at Ipswich School - Credit: Warren Page/Ipswich School

"It has been encouraging to see our two most recent additions to the curriculum, computer science and politics, prove popular and successful choices, with students achieving 22 A*-B grades in these new subjects." 

One Sixth Form College, Ipswich

Jake Robson, Head of Centre at One Sixth Form College in Ipswich, has congratulated staff and students on an impressive set of A-level results.

A total of around 600 students at One gained A-level pass rates of 85.17% at A* to C and 99.16% at A* to E.  A-level students in over half of all subjects gained more than 60% A* to B grades, while 100% of 446 BTEC students passed.

Jake Robson. Head of Centre at One Sixth Form College in Ipswich

Jake Robson. Head of Centre at One Sixth Form College in Ipswich - Credit: One Sixth Form College

Mr Robson said: “This is an incredible achievement and I’d like to congratulate all of our students and staff for all that they have done to support one another to get some impressive, and well deserved, grades.

"They should be applauded not just for their talents and skills, but also for their resilience and dedication.”

Tim Leese, a student at One Sixth Form College in Ipswich, who is going to Cambridge

Tim Leese, a student at One Sixth Form College in Ipswich, who is going to Cambridge after achieving four A*s at A-level - Credit: Tim Leese

Tim Leese from East Bergholt is one of two students who will be studying at Cambridge University, after receiving four A*s.

Tim said: “I’ve got a place at St John’s College in Cambridge to study engineering that I have deferred for a year. In the next 12 months I’m looking to find an engineering related experience to find out what it’s like working in that area. I’ve enjoyed the experience at One and I would recommend it to others.”

Dr Nikos Savvas, chief executive of Eastern Colleges Group, which represents One, Abbeygate Sixth Form College and West Suffolk College, said: “What is vital is not just the outcomes that a student achieves, but how they will then use these grades in the future.

Dr Nikkos Savvas, chief executive of Eastern Colleges Group

Dr Nikkos Savvas, chief executive of Eastern Colleges Group - Credit: Eastern Colleges Group

"Our role as a group of colleges is as much about aspiration as it is about achievement – and we all take great pride in the fact that our students will go onto to influence so many areas of business, enterprise and public life in the future.”

Northgate High School, Ipswich

Northgate has paid tribute to its "wonderful year group" of students, who received their results this morning, and praised the way they have dealt with the impact of the pandemic.

John Alexander, head of sixth form, said ‘We are delighted that our students are moving on to brighter futures across a variety of fields and further education opportunities.

"As a year group, they have given so much back to the Northgate community, in such a short space of time, that they will live long in our memories as a wonderful year group.’

Headteacher Rowena Mackie said ‘We are immensely proud of our students, who have remained positive, worked hard and with determination, despite facing many obstacles over the past two years.

"They have shown real resilience in completing their studies to the best of their ability and this is testament to the teachers, support staff and parents and carers, who have worked tirelessly to support their progress over the last two years. Our students have been a pleasure to teach and work with as a year group, and we wish them all the best for their futures.’

Ipswich High School

Pupils from Ipswich High School are today celebrating record-breaking A-level results, after 25% of Year 13 students achieved three or more A* grades, with a100% pass rate achieved.

Celebrations for students collecting results at Ipswich High School

Celebrations for students collecting results at Ipswich High School - Credit: Anthony Cullen

A total of 30 students took A-levels and achieved 93% A*-C and 100% A*-E grades, with a 40% figure for A*-A.

Mark Howe, the school’s head, said: “These outstanding A-level results are a true testament to the remarkable combination of our amazing Year 13 students, our supportive parent body and the inspirational teaching they have enjoyed, both in school and during periods of remote learning.

"I hope these students are as proud as we all are of their success, which they have achieved in the face of considerable challenges."

Delight over A-level results at Ipswich High School

Delight over A-level results at Ipswich High School - Credit: Anthony Cullen

Daisy Ashe, former head girl, achieved two A* and two A grades, and will be reading veterinary medicine at Nottingham University in 2022.  She said “I really cannot say thank you enough to my teachers, they have done so much for me and have pushed me beyond what I thought I would achieve."

A-level joy at Ipswich High School

A-level joy at Ipswich High School - Credit: Anthony Cullen

Cara Bland achieved four A* grades, including her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), and will be reading Medicine at UCL. She said “Thank you so much to my teachers, I doubted myself so much, but the teachers have been amazingly supportive.”

Emily Akister, another former head girl, also received four A* and will read dental surgery at Plymouth University.

Ipswich High School students receiving their A-level results

Ipswich High School students receiving their A-level results - Credit: Anthony Cullen

Royal Hospital School, Holbrook

The Royal Hospital School has seen an upward trend in its A-level and BTEC results, which it says reflects the hard
work and determination of pupils throughout the pandemic.

Students of Royal Hospital School in Holbrook celebrating on their last day at school

Royal Hospital School students were today receiving A-level results electronically, but this photo shows them celebrating on their final day of school in July - Credit: Mike Kwasniak/Royal Hospital School

Headmaster Simon Lockyer said: “Overall, the results for this strong cohort reflect a high level of achievement with 35% A* exceeding all previous performances. 

"This year group has encountered almost two years of disruption and the associated anxiety this will have caused.
Therefore, I am immensely proud and pleased of all that they have achieved both academically and through the
example they have set for others throughout the school.

"We look forward to following their progress, in whatever path they follow."

Of the 80 pupils studying A Levels and BTECs this academic year, 40% were awarded the points equivalent of three A grades or better.

The school had 92% A*-C grades, 100% A* to E grades and 59% A*-A grades, while 89% of BTEC pupils achieved at least one distinction grade.

Catherine Stevens, deputy head (academic) said: "Despite a further year of disruption, I am delighted for the vast majority of our pupils who have gained grades which have enabled them to move on to the next stage of their education or employment."

One of the heads of school, Jessie Jordan, received two A* and an A, and will be going to the University of Nottingham to study law with Spanish, which she hopes will lead her to becoming a human rights lawyer in the future.

Jessie said, “RHS has equipped me with some really key skills. It's taught me the skills of leadership, as well as
the resilience to overcoming difficult challenges with a positive mental attitude.”

The other head of school, Jason Sims, has also secured a place at the University of Nottingham to study Law having been awarded three A*.

St Joseph's College deputy head boy Cameron Lewis, who is off to Manchester to study international relations

St Joseph's College deputy head boy Cameron Lewis, who is off to Manchester to study international relations, celebrating his results. - Credit: St Joseph's College

St Joseph's College, Ipswich

There was a "celebratory mood" at St Joseph's College today, when a 100% A-level pass rate was revealed, including 47% at A*/A and outstanding
achievement across BTEC and CTEC subjects.

Danielle Clarke, principal of the college, said: ‘Far from being denigrated as the “Covid generation”, these students deserve the highest praise for their diligence, independence and maturity.

"They earned these outstanding results and we are delighted for them. They have done themselves, their parents and the college proud."

St Joseph's College head girl Isabelle Atkinson celebrating exceptional results with her mum.

St Joseph's College head girl Isabelle Atkinson celebrating exceptional results with her mum. She received three A*s and an A* in her EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) - Credit: St Joseph's College

St Joseph's had 94% passes at  A-level A*- C, and 100% at A*-E, with 59 students taking A-levels. Also, 74% of passes were graded A*-B.

Students have successfully met the entry requirements for a range of top-flight universities including Warwick, Edinburgh, Kings College, Exeter, Brunel, Bath, Loughborough and Bristol and other institutions. 

Distinctions and starred distinctions were also awarded to the majority of St Joseph’s BTEC Business and CTEC Media candidates. Of the 17 taking a BTEC in Sport and Exercise Science, 14 triumphed with triple D* (starred distinction).

Freya Crack pictured celebrating with her father Robert Crack, science teacher at St Joseph's College

Freya Crack pictured celebrating with her father Robert Crack, science teacher at St Joseph's. Freya will study gaming at Southampton. - Credit: St Joseph's College

Mr Sacha Cinnamond, deputy principal of St Joseph’s College, said, ‘These excellent results at the end of an extraordinary academic year speak of the students’ hard work and the teachers’ dedication.

"Without doubt, students took the end of course assessments in May extremely seriously and revised intensely for them. They fully deserve these superb grades."

This year, students are receiving grades determined by teachers, rather than exams - and based only on what was taught during the pandemic.

Teachers have been required to consider mock exams, coursework and in-class assessments using questions by exam boards.


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