GCSE results day 2019: Live updates from Ipswich and Felixstowe

PUBLISHED: 12:55 22 August 2019 | UPDATED: 19:44 22 August 2019

Head boy Dominic and head girl Hollie celebrate outstanding GCSE results at Claydon High School. Picture: CLAYDON HIGH SCHOOL

Head boy Dominic and head girl Hollie celebrate outstanding GCSE results at Claydon High School. Picture: CLAYDON HIGH SCHOOL


Thousands of students across the country will today receive their long-awaited GCSE results - but how did the schools and colleges in Ipswich and Felixstowe perform?

Chantry Academy

Chantry Academy has seen a fall in the percentage of students achieving a grade four or above in both English and maths - down from 49% in 2018 to 40% this year.

However more than half of students did achieve a grade four or above in each subject, while in seven subjects 100% of pupils atained a level five or above.

Chantry Academy principal Craig D'Cunha said attainment had improved in six subjects compared to the previous year.

"I am delighted that the hard work of our students, staff and local community has enabled our students to go on to continue their development," he said.

"It is pleasing to see the changes made to the school are still having an impact on the students today.

"This has been a real team effort and I am proud to be working alongside Chantry Academy's committed and talented staff and students.

"These successful grades will give the students the freedom to make their own choices about the next stage of their education - well done to all."

Standout individual performances included:

-Jake Barber, who achieved four of the prestigious grade 9s in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, a distinction and two 7s.

-Sophie Dickerson achieved four 9s in English, history, mathematics and physics, four 8s, three A*s and two 7s.

-Libby Page achieved one 9, two 8s, three distinctions and three 7s.

Ormiston Endeavour Academy Celebrates Strong GCSE Results  Picture: ORMISTON ENDEAVOUR ACADEMYOrmiston Endeavour Academy Celebrates Strong GCSE Results Picture: ORMISTON ENDEAVOUR ACADEMY

-Chloe Lynch achieved one 8, six 7s and two A*s.

-Simon Tao achieved one 8, three distinctions and two 7s

Ipswich School

Almost two thirds of GCSE exams at Ipswich School were graded 9-7 (equivalent of the old A*-A grades) with 100% of pupils securing grade 4 or above in both English and maths. Overall, 99% of exams were awarded grades 9 - 4.

Headmaster Nicholas Weaver said: "Our Year 11 have delivered yet another tremendous set of results. The average grade pupils secured was higher than a 7. This reflects considerable strength right across the whole range of twenty GCSE subjects we teach.

"Over a quarter of exams in maths, the separate sciences, art and the humanities were at the very top grade of 9. I would like to congratulate all pupils for the hard work they have put in to these demanding new exams.

"They have an excellent basis for further study at A Level and beyond. These outstanding results show that at Ipswich School we create extraordinary futures for our pupils."

One in seven pupils secured five or more grade 9s. Sixteen students achieved 10 or more of their GCSE exams at grades 9-7. Some of these high achieving students included Euan Caskie, Ameera Cunningham, Florence Grist, Kuncharan Malaravan, Evan McNab, Lily Rendell and Charlie Tweedy.

East Bergholt High School

The school saw a slight decline in the numbers of those achieving grades 4 and above in both English and maths, with 64% obtianing the grades opposed to the 76% last year.

Speaking of the school's results, headteacher Colin Turner said: "There were many excellent individual student performances. In particular a mention must be made of Lenny Bailleux who achieved seven grade 9's and to Jack Allard, Tom Lant and Tim Leese, who each achieved five grade 9's.

"The results for all students go alongside the many other achievements they gained in arts, music, sport and much more, during their time at EBHS."

Hadleigh High School

61% of the 133 pupils who took their GCSEs at the school achieved grade 4 or above in both English and maths.

Top performers included James Preedy who achieved ten Grade 9s, Seamus Smyth who achieved five grade 9s, two grade 8s, two grade 7s and one grade A and Sony Tene who achieved four grade 9s, three grade 8s and two grade 7s.

Nicola Shingleton, the school's recently appointed headteacher, said: "We are delighted for all the students who have worked so hard to reach their goals and achieve these results. We wish them every success as they move on to the next stage of their education."

"We would also like to thank our dedicated staff and parents for all of their hard work and support, which made this possible."

Claydon High School

74% of the 123 students at Claydon High School achieved a grade 4 in both English and Maths.

Maéve Taylor, headteacher at the school, said: "Congratulations to all of our students upon their achievements; we ask each of them that they aim to achieve the best that they are capable of and they have certainly done this.

"There are many students who have a set of GCSE results to be proud of and which will take them onto their choice of education or training in September. We are especially impressed by students who overcame significant personal challenges during their GCSE studies.

"We will miss all of the students who contributed so much to the school community, including sporting talent, debating success and acting as role models in their student leadership roles. The individual and group achievements reflect the combined efforts of students and their families, teachers and the wider school community, and my congratulations and thanks are extended to everyone who contributed."

Felixstowe Academy

Students and staff at Felixstowe Academy are celebrating another successful set of GCSE results with 15 subjects having improved their results since 2018.

Maths achieved their best ever results with 68% of pupils obtaining a grade 4 or higher, and those receiving both English and maths at grade 4 or above was 55%.

The number of higher grades, of 7 and above, has also improved by 45%, with treble the amount of grade 9s awarded to students compared to last year - this is awarded to the top 5% of students.

The exams watchdog, Ofqual, says fewer grade 9s will be awarded than A*s and that anyone who gets a 9 will have 'performed exceptionally'.

The stand out subject this academic year was PE, achieving over 93% Grade 9-4 in GCSE PE.

Mr Williams, the academy's principal, said: "I am delighted for the students. They have really applied themselves and fully deserve the grades they have achieved.

"I would also like to acknowledge the staff for their hard work, dedication and belief in the students, resulting in

these improved outcomes. The Academy also appreciates the support from parents and carers, who expressed their praise and thanks to the staff this results day."

Ipswich Academy

Ipswich Academy is celebrating its best ever set of GCSE results, with the percentage of students achieving a grade four and above in English and maths up 12% on last year - to 56%.

The school has been on a long-term improvement journey after twice being labelled as "inadequate" by education inspectors Ofsted, the latest being in 2015.

It had previously been criticised for weak literacy skills, pupils' poor attitudes to learning, including low attendance.

But Helen Winn, who took over as principal in 2017 after several years of working in other senior roles at the academy, has led a transformation at the Brazier's Wood Road school, where she is praised by inspectors for her "dynamic leadership".

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The latest set of results appear to show that her and her team's efforts, which include a new 'lesson rubik' teaching style and a crackdown on poor behaviour, are paying off - with 19 students achieving the top grade nine across a host of subjects including English, maths, languages, art and science.

Mrs Winn said: "Ipswich Academy is incredibly proud of our year-11 students today.

"We have never had better results in the history of the school and it rounds off what has been an absolutely brilliant year for the school. All our staff and students work exceptionally hard and these results are evidence that the hard work is paying off."

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The school is also oversubscribed for places in 2019 and achieved a "good" rating from Ofsted in March this year.

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St Joseph's College

Following on from the school's commendable A-Level results and its record-breaking BTEC results last week, St Joseph's College is today celebrating another year of strong achievement.

Of the 67 students sitting GCSEs, 73% achieved grade 4 and above in both English and maths.

Mr Sacha Cinnamond, the college's vice principal academic, said: "Whilst we celebrate academic attainment and are delighted with the number of students earning top results, we are equally delighted with our students' value-added achievements; one child's grade 4 or grade 5 can be their Everest, which then opens the door to further opportunities and success.

"We look forward now to supporting our students on the next part of their journey, starting their BTEC, EPQ and A-level courses from September in our fabulous Sixth Form Centre."

The College's Principal, Mrs Danielle Clarke, added: "Today's results are a testament to the hard work of both our students and staff.

"Talent, tenacity and terrific character abound at St Joseph's and this was very much recognised in our recent inspection. Of course, different years bring different joys, including this year's 57% of grades at grade 9 in art."

Hayden Rolph demonstrated the skills that have earned him a STEM scholarship for St Joseph's College Sixth Form, with 10 excellent GCSEs, including grade 9s in biology, chemistry, maths and physics, plus A*s in further maths and geography.

Ormiston Endeavour Academy, Ipswich

Students at Ormiston Endeavour Academy in Ipswich are celebrating a significant improvement on last year's GCSE results.

Overall, 55% of students achieved at least a grade four in both English and maths - an increase of 6% on last year, with improvements in subjects across the board.

Principal Jamie Daniels said: "This year's results reflect the huge amount of hard work and commitment shown by our students and staff.

"It is also great to be celebrating so many individual achievements to round off my first year as principal at Endeavour.

"We wish all our students the very best of luck as they move on to the next phase of their education."

Executive principal Caroline Wilson added: "I am delighted that the hard work of staff and students has opened the door to more first choice post-16 provision for students this year."

Top achievers included Shannon Harvey, who achieved top grades in all three sciences

Ben McGinn relocated to Felixstowe at the start of year-11 but chose to remain at Ormiston Endeavour Academy - making the three-hour, 60-mile round trip every day. He secured all his GCSEs, including a grade 8 in mathematics.

Nick Hudson, chief executive officer at Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), said: "A huge congratulations to everyone at Ormiston Endeavour Academy for their results, including a strong increase on last year's achievements.

"As a trust, it is our absolute priority to ensure that every student fulfils their potential, no matter what their background.

"We are delighted to see the academy continuing on its strong upward trajectory, reflective of today's achievements."

Royal Hospital School (RHS)

Pupils and teachers at RHS are celebrating their best GCSE performances since 2013 at grades 9-7/A*-A, despite falling numbers of those obtaining a grade 4 and above from 95% in 2018 to 81.2% this year.

Of the 101 pupils sitting the exams, 41% achieved A*-As/9-7s and over a third gained grades of at least six grade 7s or higher.

Commenting on the school's results, headmaster Simon Lockyer said: "Our pupils recognise that GCSEs are an opportunity stepping-stone in their lives and for some, they will shape the decisions they make for the next stage and possibly beyond. "Likewise, praise must also go to all those who work as part of our school community.

"At a time when many pupils feel the pressure of public examinations, it is the combined contributions of academic and pastoral staff that is so important in supporting our pupils, encouraging them and developing their confidence so they realise their potential and aim high."

Catherine Stevens, the school's deputy head added: "I am immensely proud of the achievements of our pupils and know just how much time and effort goes into preparing for these examinations.

"The independent sector has faced criticism for still offering iGCSEs, which are widely perceived as being easier since the recent education reforms. However, pupils at the Royal Hospital School all sit the reformed and highly rigorous 9-1 GCSEs.

"I believe this makes our pupils' achievement even more pleasing and reflects our continuing drive for academic stretch and challenge."

Northgate High School

Of its 218 year 11 students, 71.1% were awarded a grade 4 or above in English and maths.

Headteacher Rowena Mackie said: "The results are testament to the dedication and hard work of the students, their teachers and the support of their parents and carers.

"This year has seen our students sit a full suite of fully reformed GCSEs, with all subjects being examined at a more demanding level. We are very proud of what our students have achieved."

Copleston High School

Speaking of the school's best ever results, principal Andy Green said: "We would like to congratulate our students, parents and staff on our GCSE successes.

"Once again, for the fourth year running, our students have achieved significantly positive outcomes."

70% of students achieved at least a grade 4 in English and maths, recording our best ever results for this measure.

Mr Green continued: "English and maths results individually continue to be strong, and our students have achieved our best ever English results.

"There have been a number of wonderful individual performances at a time when the examinations are more demanding and this bears testimony to the incredible hard work of our students, supported by our dedicated staff."

Suffolk New College

Suffolk New College supported hundreds of resit takers and adult learners through their GCSE's this year.

Director for maths and English, at Suffolk New College, Chris Gilbert, said, "We are delighted to be able to support students of all ages gain pass grades in English and maths subjects who were not able to achieve pass their exams whilst at school.

"Over 300 students have gained a grade between 9 and 4 thanks to our support. We were also delighted to see 71% of our students gain passes in Biology exams.

"Therefore, we would like to congratulate all of our students for their efforts and our staff for supporting them.

"Looking ahead, we will continue to invest our time and resources into the English and maths (and Biology) departments as we are determined to give all of our students the best chance of getting to where they want to go in the future."

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