Stowupland pupils celebrate
THEY watched the celebrations after the A-level results were out, and now it is their turn.Today Stowupland High School pupils made the same anxious journey to pick up their GCSE results.
THEY watched the celebrations after the A-level results were out, and now it is their turn.
Today Stowupland High School pupils made the same anxious journey to pick up their GCSE results.
It was another glorious summer's day and worried parents waited in parked cars and mobiles rang with news.
Sarah Southin, 16, from Little Stonham, said: "I got to As, three Bs and five Cs and I am really pleased.
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"I have had a very difficult year because my parents divorced, and I really thought this would affect my results. This morning my stomach was just churning and I had butterflies."
Sarah is going on to study A-levels at school next year.
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Tom Woolsgrove, 16, from Bacton, said: "This year had been full of ups and downs. I am very pleased with my results and it means I will get into sixth form.
"I don't know what I am going to do this afternoon, probably just hang round here a bit longer."
Many of the pupil's parents waited around the school grounds to find out how their children had done.
Sadie Watts was one of them. Sadie's daughter Sarah Watts, aged 16, had done really well.
Mrs Watts said: "I was feeling so tense this morning, but now I am over the moon. I am very proud of her. I had great confidence in her but it is just nice to see it on paper."
Sarah was joined by her friend Helen Roofe, also 16, who said: "We both just feel complete relief and shock.
"I have got no plans for this afternoon, I am just going to hang out with friends. Just so glad that it is all over."
Helen gained seven A stars in her results.
Head Teacher Peter Richards said he was extremely pleased with the school's grades. "We have done really well again. Sixty percent of our pupils got five grade A stars to C.
"We have equalled what we did in our best year. We have also bucked a national trend and our boys have done very well. Our top two pupils, Jack Gordon-Brown and Timothy Totton both got nine A stars.
"Over the last two to three years we have been doing a lot of work with the boys and become aware of how they work best and this year it is beginning to pay off."