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Suffolk schools moving up the league

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:53 03 March 2010

SUFFOLK schools are showing the way forward when it comes to exam success - and plenty have reason to celebrate.

As the Government issues its controversial league tables for GCSE and A/AS level, Copleston, St Alban's and Stoke High Schools in Ipswich have all been praised for consistently improving at GCSE level over the past four years.

SUFFOLK schools are showing the way forward when it comes to exam success – and plenty have reason to celebrate.

As the Government issues its controversial league tables for GCSE and A/AS level, Copleston, St Alban's and Stoke High Schools in Ipswich have all been praised for consistently improving at GCSE level over the past four years.

East Bergholt High and Farlingaye in Woodbridge have also been picked out for improvement over the same period – while Farlingaye and Chantry High in Ipswich were highlighted for the "added value" of their education.

Farlingaye also achieved notable A-level successes, and headteacher Sue Hargadon said students had worked incredibly hard to achieve their results.

Countywide, Suffolk scored a record result, with youngsters beating the national average in GCSE passes.

An impressive 54.3 per cent of pupils achieved five of more A* to C grades, well above the national figure of 50pc, and beating the county's previous record.

Leading the way among independent schools was Ipswich High School, among the top 200 schools in the country for GCSEs and A-levels.

Martin Liddle, headteacher at Stoke High, was delighted with his school's fine progress.

Fifty-one per cent of pupils at Stoke achieved five A* to C grades, compared with 44pc in 1998.

"We are very pleased and delighted with the results," said Mr Liddle. "It is the result of consistent effort from the teachers and pupils, with the support of the parents. It is consistent effort and commitment from the whole team."

However, Mr Liddle added: "We always say that league tables are just one measure of a school and we like to see a focus on sport and drama and the whole range of comprehensive education."

At Copleston, headteacher Laurie Robinson said: "Obviously I am extremely pleased and it reflects great credit on the students, staff and parents for all their hard work."

He said the school had achieved record results right through, at both GCSE and A-levels, building on the work of its feeder primary schools.

He said: "Parents need good information, but league tables are just one piece of the jigsaw."

Suffolk's director of education, David Peachey, attended a presentation evening at Stoke to recognise the students' achievements.

Dennis McGarry, head teacher at St Albans School, in Ipswich, said: "I am delighted for our pupils and for our staff and they have all worked extremely hard towards an excellent set of results both at GCSE and A level."

Deben High School in Felixstowe made significant advances in both GCSE and A-level results and rose in the county rankings.

Acting headteacher Terry Ring said: "We are obviously very pleased with what we achieved, particularly at GCSE level where we had our second best-ever results."

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