Ipswich: English grade controversy as hundreds collect GCSE results

GCSE results have already started to come in from schools across Ipswich - but last night a storm was brewing over English grades.

Initial results indicate that English grades could be at least 10per cent lower than expected.

Last night Geoff Barton, headteacher at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds, said: “It is very early days but there are question marks over English marking and the suggestion is that grades are 10 or more percent below what schools expected.”

More than two-thirds of pupils at Northgate High School have achieved five or more A* to C grades including maths and English, with 66pc making the grade.

Headteacher David Hutton said: “With 78pc of our GCSE grades being awarded at A* to C our headline figure would have been even better but for one frustrating core module result.”

Chantry High School pupils scored 41pc gained five A* to Cs including maths and English.

Headteacher Janet Dickson said: “We are particularly pleased with our results in maths with 60pc of pupils achieving C grades or higher.

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More than half of students at Suffolk New College scored grades A* to C.

Principal Dave Muller said: “We have had yet another successful year with our GCSE results. Our students have achieved a pass rate of 95pc and over 58pc of these are in the A* to C range.”

At Ipswich School 99.2pc of pupils earned five A* to C grades including maths and English.

Headmaster Nicholas Weaver said: “I’m particularly pleased that with one of our biggest ever year groups we have been able to provide them with the same kind of quality focus as smaller schools, which has enabled such great results.”

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