Colleges in Newmarket and Soham have celebrated their best-ever GCSE results this summer.
At Newmarket College, 45 per cent of students gained the Government benchmark of five or more A* to C results including maths and English - a 17 per cent increase on last year’s results.
Star pupil Jess Walton achieved nine A* grades and two As, as well as an A in an A-Level equivalent maths course.
Jess, from Bottisham, said she was “really happy” with the results and was looking forward to joining the sixth form at Hills Road College, Cambridge.
Other high-flyers were Amy Johnston, three A*, five As and three Bs; Kate Myland, two A*, two As and three Bs; Nicola Ellis, one A*, five As, six Bs; Bethany Bailey, one A*, six As and three Bs; Mikaela Ruddell, one A*, four As and five Bs; and Jarl Cross, six As and three Bs.
Dr Bob Cadwalladr, principal, said: “This year’s results show a remarkable improvement on last year’s results and I am delighted for the students and their achievements.
“This is a fantastic turnaround in results at Newmarket College with notable outstanding results in many subjects.”
He added: “These results are down to the hard work of the students and the support of both parents and teachers.”
Staff and students at Soham Village College celebrated 68 per cent of pupils gaining five or more A* to C grades including maths and English.
Outstanding student Helen Nuttall said she was “really happy” to have achieved 11 A* grades.
She will join the sixth form at Hills Road College, Cambridge, to study chemistry, biology, double maths and history.
Congratulations also went to Torin Cooper-Bennun, who gained eight A* and five As, Charlotte McGreavy, who gained eight A*, two As and one B, April Atkinson, Lucia Amoroso, Lauren Pettit, Hanif Osman, Molly Gillroy, Bethany Peryer and James Walsh.
Principal Dr Carin Taylor said: “We are absolutely delighted with this year’s results. Our students and staff have worked very hard to achieve such high standards in all curriculum areas and for students of all abilities.
“I should like to thank everyone whose support for our young people has paid such dividends.”
Mildenhall College of Technology saw 45 per cent of students achieve five A* to C grades including maths and English, an increase of 11 per cent from last year’s results.
Star achievers included Ryan Skeats, who gained 15.5 passes at grades A* to C including 11.5 A* and A grades, Adam Cox with 14.5 passes at grades A* to C including 11 A* and A grades, Georgia Archer-Peacock with 15 passes at grades A* to C including 10 A* and A grades, Molly McMullan with 11.5 passes at grades A* to C including 10 A* and A grades, Deja Jones, Ellie Parrington, Christopher Hambling and Emily Judd.
Headteacher Susan Byles said: “I am delighted to see an excellent improvement from last year of 11 per cent at the headline figure of five A* to C grades including English and Maths.
“However, a statistic like this on its own fails to show the progress that has been made by our students. This year the percentage of students making expected or better levels of progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 has risen by 25 per cent in English and 17 per cent in maths.”
Ms Byles added: “This represents a tremendous achievement by the students and they must be congratulated.”
A picture special from results day will be published in the Newmarket Journal on Thursday, August 29.