GCSE results - see how your school did

EDUCATION chiefs praised students today as the long wait for their GCSE results finally came to an end.

EDUCATION chiefs praised students today as the long wait for their GCSE results finally came to an end.

Patricia O'Brien, Suffolk's portfolio holder for children, schools and young people's services, said: "Students across Suffolk deserve to be congratulated today for their GCSE and vocational exam results. Particularly pleasing is seeing the efforts and achievements of all students being celebrated, from those who have recorded a run of A and A* grades to those who have done their very best.

“The students have worked hard for these exams, as have their teachers. This, combined with the support of families and friends, seems to be a significant factor in achieving success."

Here are the results of each school, which will be updated throughout the day:

*Alderman Blaxill School, Colchester - 43% gained five or more A*-C, compared to just 32% last year. John West, vice principal, said: “We are absolutely delighted with our results and they have really pulled it off this year. We were still under threat of closure so this was a big achievement for us and it is all on the back of a team effort.”

*Alec Hunter Humanities College, Braintree - 45% gained five or more A*-C grades, compared to 43% last year. The record results were up for the fifth consecutive year. Headteacher Andrew Hutchinson said: “Following a superb Ofsted report in June this year, students have continued to work hard with support of parents, and achieve the best results in the College's history.”

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*Amberfield School - 90.5% gained at least five A* to C grades. Headmistress Linda Ingram said: “I am delighted with the results and very proud of all our girls. We are a small school and I am absolutely thrilled to have two pupils with such outstanding ICT results.”

*Benjamin Britten High School, Lowestoft - in excess of 60% of pupils gained at least five A*-C grades. Headteacher Trevor Osborne said: “The really good news is that 37% have achieved five A*-C grades including English and maths which is a 5% improvement on last year and 26% of pupils have gained 10 GCSEs at grades A-C.”

*Bungay High School - 68.5% of pupils gained at least five A*-C grades, which is up on last year's 64%. Headteacher Sean O'Neill said: “This is a record for us and we are absolutely delighted. In a sort of Olympic mode I would say team Bungay has done fantastically.”

*Castle Manor Business and Enterprise College - 79% of pupils gained at least five A*-C. Headteacher Madeleine Vigar said: “These examination results maintain the trend of rapid and significant improvement in standards at Castle Manor Business and Enterprise College over the last five years. Students and staff have worked tirelessly to ensure success.”

*Chantry High School, Ipswich - 63% of pupils gained at least five A* to C grades. Headteacher Andrew Fell said: “We are delighted with the overall achievements of our young people. Many of our pupils have achieved at the highest level, including A and A* and the new Distinction plus in the BTEC qualification. Their pro-gress is without question something we are very proud of today.”

*Chelmsford County High School for Girls - 100% gained five or more A*-C grades. Nicole Chapman, headteacher, said: “We are delighted with today's results. Our students are highly able and motivated and we are very pleased that they continue to exceed the expected progress at all key stages.”

*Claydon High School - 59% of pupils gained at least five A* -C grades. Graham Alcock, acting headteacher, said: “Overall we have maintained our standards from 2007, and in many subjects such as English and science the results have been very pleasing indeed. We are proud of all our students' successes, and I would like to thank the teachers for all their hard work, and the parents and carers for their valuable support.”

*Colchester High School - 100% achieved five or more A*-C, its best results since being founded in 1882. A spokesman said: “We are exceptionally proud of our pupils, and these are outstanding results for a non-selective school.”

*Colbayns High School, Clacton - 66% of the 265 students gained 5A*-C grades, a massive increase from last year's 31% pass rate. Headteacher Nick Pavitt said: “Colbayns is a school that has been rapidly improving and these results confirm what Ofsted told us last October - namely, that we have strong capacity for further improvement.”

*Colne Community College, Brightlingsea - 67% achieved five or more A*-C grades, up from 61%. Nardeep Sharma, principal, said: “Staff, students and parents need to be congratulated on such a good performance.”

*Copleston High School - 64% of pupils gained at least five A* to C grades, in line with last year's best ever performance. Deputy headteacher David East said: “We have had some outstanding individual performances with some students gaining nine A*s. Once again this is a pleasing achievement and will lift staff, parents and students in what has been a challenging year for Copleston High School.”

*County Upper School, Bury St Edmunds - 79% of pupils get at least five A*-C. Headteacher Vicky Neale said: “I am absolutely delighted with these results which are the best in our history and I pay tribute to the staff, the students and their parents who have worked so hard as a team to achieve them.”

*Culford School - 99% of pupils get at least five A*-C. Director of studies, Dr John Guntrip, said: “These are an excellent set of results which are a real tribute to how much hard work pupils and teachers put into preparing for these examinations. One of the many highlights is that all pupils who took GCSE maths a year early achieved 100% A* to A grades, up from 94% last year.”

*Deben High School - 60% of pupils gained at least five A* to C, a rise of 10% on last year. Headteacher Terry Ring said: "We have had some wonderful results achieved by pupils and staff in my last year at Deben, this is a fantastic effort."

*Debenham High School - 79% of pupils gained at least five A*-C grades. Headteacher Michael Crawshaw said: "The hard work of pupils and staff have been justi-fied by these superb results and all are to be heartily congratulated.”

*East Bergholt High School - 81% of pupils gained at least five or more A* to C grades, 1% up on last year. Headteacher Moira Humphreys said: “These results reflect incredible hard work from young people and their teachers and, of course, the support of their parents. There are some excellent individual results across the age and ability range.”

*Farlingaye High School - 75% of pupils gained at least five A*-C grades, up from 70% last year. Sue Hargadon, headteacher, said: “It is our best ever set of results and is a real tribute to the hard work of our lovely students, backed up by parents and staff.”

*Framlingham College - 94% at least five A*-C grades. Gwen Randall, headteacher, said: “Our students have done exceptionally well with the results in the com-pulsory subjects, English, Maths and Science being superb and nearly half our youngsters getting A* or As.”

*Great Cornard Upper School and Technology College - 60% got at least five A*-C. Headteacher Mike Foley said: “We are really pleased - it shows sustainable progress from last year's results. We also have several students with complete sets of A* grades.”

*Hartismere High School - 73% achieved at least five A* - C. Jim McAteer, headteacher, said: “I want to congratulate our talented staff, our highly supportive fami-lies and the fine attitude displayed by our students.”

*The Harwich School - 43% of pupils got at least five A*-C , up from 38% last year, and the second highest ever achieved. Nigel Mountford, headteacher, said: “There are some truly amazing success stories across the full ability range and this is good news for the students and our community.”

*Hedingham School - 55% achieved five or more A*-C, down from 63% last year.

Gerry Gurhy, deputy headteacher, said: “These results are below the usual performance of the school. However, they do reflect the expectations of these students and are in line with the school's predictions of performance.”

*Holbrook High - 62% of pupils gained at least five A* to C grades, a 2% improvement on last year. Headteacher Rob Sherington said: “We are delighted with these results because the work we have put into improving English and maths has really paid off.”

*Holywells High School - 44% of pupils achieved five A* to C grades, up 28% on last year and the best year ever for the school. Acting headteacher Terry Duffell said: “We are absolutely delighted with the results. From every perspective they are outstanding and reflect the exemplary efforts of staff and pupils.”

*Ipswich High School for Girls - 100% of pupils got at least five A*-C. Elaine Purves, headteacher, said: “With 78.8% of passes at A* or A Grade it is another re-cord breaking set of results. I am thrilled for the girls, their families and our staff on their fabulous achievements.”

*Ipswich School - 100% of pupils gained at least five A* to C grades, on a par with last year. But there was a 5% rise in A* grades on the previous year. Senior deputy head Darren Ayling said: “I am delighted with these results. They are a reflection of the students' ability and commitment.”

*Kesgrave High - 74% of pupils gained at least five A* to C grades, a 6% rise on last year. Deputy headteacher Cath Breckell said: “We are delighted with the results this year. The youngsters have worked really hard, being supported by parents and staff.”

*King Edward VI School - 72% of pupils got at least five A*-C. Headteacher Geoff Barton said: "Well done to all our students on achieving this impressive set of results. We look forward to seeing many of them back in our Sixth Form and wish the others well at college and in training. It's been another good year for King Edwards."

*Kirkley High School, Lowestoft - 42% of pupils gained at least five A*-C grades. Headteacher John Clinton said: “This year's five-plus A*-C pass rates are below our targets and expectations. However, almost a quarter of the year group gained a C+ pass in English or maths, but not in both. This is a disproportionate number and not consistent with the school's track record. We will therefore be asking the exam boards to check the marking very closely. I am hopeful that this will improve the results published today.”

*Leiston High School - 54% of pupils gained at least five A*-C grades, down on last year's results. Headteacher Ian Flintoff said: “We are pleased that the year has done so well. Among the results are some excellent individual efforts with one pupil achieving 9A*s.”

*Manningtree High School - 59% gained five or more A*-C, compared to 55% last year. Deborah Hollister, headteacher, said: “Much hard work is represented by these results with students, staff and parents working together to ensure that Manningtree young people make the best possible progress in their time here. Well done to everyone.”

*Mildenhall College of Technology - 65% got at least five A*-C. Headteacher Terry Lewis said: “This year was probably the weakest group (of students) we have had but they have done well to match the second best results ever and we are very pleased with them.”

*New Hall School in Chelmsford - 100% of students achieved at least five A*-C grades, matching last year's achievement. Principal Katherine Jeffrey said: “We are very proud of our students for these record achievements. These outstanding results are a testament to their ability and hard work and of course to the expertise and dedication of the teachers. We congratulate Year 11 on New Hall's best ever GCSE results.”

*Newmarket College - 44% of students achieved at least five A*-C. Headteacher Dr Bob Cadwalladr said: “It is a great pleasure to share in the success of the young people of Newmarket. This will be a great foundation for their further education and training. We are pleased that in many aspects the results have improved this year and will be working hard to make them even better next year.”

*Northgate High School - 72% of pupils gained at least five A* to C grades, a rise of 4% on last year's results. The school was awarded joint science and language college status this year and results in these two areas were very strong. Headteacher Neil Watts said: “These are very pleasing results - with 26% of all grades at A* or A - and underline how the school is constantly striving to improve the experience of education for its pupils.”

*Orwell High School - 60% of pupils gained at least five A* to C, up 6% on last year. Headteacher Peter Tomkins said: "We are really pleased that so many of our students have achieved so highly."

*Philip Morant School and College, Colchester - 73% of pupils got at least five A*-C, compared to 75% in 2007. Sue Cowans, headteacher, said: “'I am particularly pleased by the fact that 68% gained the important measure of five GCSEs including English and Maths, an increase of 3% on last year. This high standard is a vital platform on which to build success in further and higher Education.”

*St Alban's Catholic High School. Headteacher Dennis McGarry said: “We are pleased at our GCSE results. They were what we expected with many outstanding achievements from our students. Congratulations to them for their hard work.”

*St Benedict's Catholic School, Bury - 77% of pupils gained at least five A* to C. Headteacher Paul Rossi said: “We are slightly down (on last year's results) but our stu-dents have met their target grades and we are delighted for them.”

*St Benedict's College, Colchester - 80% of youngsters achieved five or more A*-C, compared to 82% in 2007. John O'Hara, principal, said: “The most pleasing thing for us is that there are good results right across the ability range, not just the brightest kids - everybody performed to over and above their expectations.”

*St Felix School, Southwold - 86% of pupils gained at least five A*-C grades. Headteacher David Ward said: “We are obviously very pleased, this is the perform-ance we expected from them.”

*Sir John Leman High School, Beccles - 72% of pupils gained at least five A*-C grades, building on the school's improvement in GCSEs over the last three years. Deputy headteacher Rob Edwards said: “There is no doubt these are the best results in the schools history. I congratulate all the pupils and staff for their efforts.”

*St John Payne Catholic School, Chelmsford - 74.2% of youngsters achieved five A*-C, down from 74.6%. Headteacher, Frank McEvoy, said: “Without the self-less support and dedication by my staff and the very hard work by our Year-11 pupils, these results would not have been possible. In particular, I am impressed by the continued improvement of our students A*/A grades.”

*St Joseph's College - 89% pupils gained at least five A* to C grades, a 6% improvement on 2007. Principal Sian Grant said: “We are particularly pleased that, once again, the students have been rewarded for all of their hard work over the last two years. The results are excellent and we are delighted that the pass rate is so high in the core subject areas.”

*St Mary's School, Colchester - 98% of pupils got at least five A*-C, down from 100% last year.

Principal Hilary Vipond said: “We are absolutely thrilled and delighted and these results are a testament to the hard work of all the girls and our staff. The GCSE results are an incredible achievement and these, together with our excellent inspection report, have added greatly to the celebrations of our special centenary year.”

*Samuel Ward Arts and Technology College - 76% of pupils got at least five A*-C. Deputy headteacher Mark McCullough said: “This is fantastic result for teach-ers and pupils. We have been improving year on year but this is a big jump on our last results.”

*Stowupland High School - 60% achieved five or more A*-C grades. Headteacher Karen Grimes said: “This year's results reflect a strong partnership and a great deal of hard work by students, teachers and parents.”

*Stradbroke Business and Enterprise College - 56% at least five A*-C grades. Christine Phillips, deputy head, said: “Once again we are delighted with the Year 11 exam results as so many of our pupils have gained outstanding grades, many well above their individual targets. We are particularly pleased with the increase in our A* grades, with our head boy, Craig Slade and head girl, Lauren Dilieto, together gaining 16 grade A's, 10 of which are A*. “

*Sudbury Upper School - 55% got at least five A*-C. Headteacher David Forrest said: “We are pleased the results have shown an improvement, which we hope to build upon. However, we are concerned by our English results and we will be appealing for remarking in excess of 30 cases.”

*Suffolk New College - not able to provide requested figure, but 60% of pupils gained at least A*-C grades in at least one subject. Marilyn Watsham, deputy princi-pal, said: “We are really, really delighted. There are some excellent results and young people worked really hard to achieve these. Sometimes people do not do well at school and come here and get some excellent results.”

*Thomas Mills High School, Framlingham - 85% achieved at least 5 A*-C grades, up on last year. Colin Hirst, headteacher, said: “Youngsters of all abilities have done well. They have got what they deserved for their efforts over the past few years and I'm very pleased for them.”

*Westbourne Sports College - 47% of pupils gained at least five A* to C grades.

*Woodbridge School - 99% of students gained at least five A* - C grades. Headmaster Stephen Cole said: “Not unlike Team GB in China, Team Woodbridge has again hit goal.”

Suffolk Youth and Connexions offer help, advice and guidance to young people to make best use of their results. Young people and their parents and carers can also log onto the Youth and Connexions website - www.thesource.me.uk or phone their freephone number 0800 085 4448.