Pupils lay foundations for future with GCSE results

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STUDENTS have laid the foundations for a bright future after scoring top GCSE results.

At County Upper School, in Bury St Edmunds, 71 per cent of students gained five or more A*-C grades including English and maths, 83 per cent scored five or more A*-C passes and the A*-G pass rate is 100 per cent. The top two students with straight A*s were 16-year-olds Harry Palmer, of Lackford, and Eleanor White, of Chevington.

Head Vicky Neale said: “The students were a lovely year group and I congratulate them all. I thank all the staff including those in the students’ first and middle schools. By any measure, these are superb results with half of all grades at A* or A.”

Of the 350 pupils at King Edward VI School, in Bury, 64 per cent achieved five or more A*-C passes including English and maths, 75 per cent five or more A*-C and 99 per cent A*-G grades.

Head Geoff Barton said: “These results are a huge tribute to our brilliant students and their talented teachers. GCSE grades matter because they open doors to sixth form and college courses and competition has never been hotter.”

At St Benedict’s Catholic School, in Bury, 89 per cent of the year group of 154 students scored five or more A*-Cs, 81 per cent five or more A*-Cs including English and maths and the number of pupils who passed at least one GCSE at grades A*-G was 100 per cent.

However, pupils scored zero on the new English Baccalaureate, which is given to those who get five A*-C passes in English, maths, science, languages and humanities. The qualification does not recognise RE or St Benedict’s half courses in humanities.

Head Hugh O’Neill, who has argued with the Department for Education and appeared in front of the Education Select Committee about the matter, said: “I think most people would agree that for a school with our results to be scoring zero says more about the measure than about us.

“This is our most successful GCSE year by some margin. We have never had so many students achieving 10 or more A*-A grades. Congratulations go first to the students but also to their parents, teachers and supporters, who can share in the celebration of success.”

At West Suffolk College, in Bury, 108 students achieved a 92 per cent A*-C pass rate.

At Mildenhall College of Technology, head Susan Byles said: “I’m very pleased with their success and we are expecting a record number of students to enrol in the sixth form for A-level.”

She said results were slightly down on last year but grades were higher than expected with one in three students gaining A* or A grades. The overall pass rate at five A*-G was 97 per cent. Those getting five A*-C including English and maths was 46 per cent – three per cent above the target.

At Thetford Academy, the percentage of students who gained A*-C including English and maths was 28 and those with five or more A*-Cs was 51.

Principal Cathy Spillane said: “We have some excellent individual success stories this year and the seeds have been sown by the new leadership team for greater academic achievement in future years. This year, we have a large number of Year 10 pupils going into Year 11 with some GCSEs already achieved, which is a major step forward and part of the ongoing improvement in academic studies across the Academy.”

At Methwold High School, the pass rate for A*-C including English and maths was 53 per cent and the overall pass rate was 64 per cent.

Head Denise Walker said: “We are absolutely delighted with the results as they are our second best ever. What we are particularly pleased with is we have got some real high flyers this year. Thirteen students have 12 or more A*-C grades which is great for us.”

At Thurston Community College, 74 per cent of students got five or more A*-C grades and 64 per cent achieved five or more A*-C including English and maths with 99.2 per cent getting five or more A*-G grades. Seventeen pupils achieved all A*s and As.

Principal Helen Wilson said: “We are absolutely delighted and credit goes to the students for their tremendous hard work and thoroughly deserved success.”

At Stowmarket High School, 72 per cent of pupils gained five or more A*-C grades and 58 per cent achieved five or more A*-Cs including English and maths and 98 per cent gained five or more A*-G grades – 18 students scooped straight A*s, As and distinctions.

Head Keith Penn said: “Every single one of these students has done themselves a favour to get into an increasingly hard job market and education market.”

At Stowupland High School, 70.3 per cent of students got five or more A*-C grades with 52 per cent gaining five or more A*-Cs including English and maths and 99 per cent gaining five or more A*-Gs.

Head Karen Grimes said: “There have been lots and lots of positive performances individually and in subjects.”

At Thetford Grammar School, 97 per cent of grades were at A*-C and every student gained at least six A*-C passes.

At Culford School, 97 per cent of pupils got at least five A*-Cs with 34 per cent achieving at least eight A* or A grades.