Students at schools in Newmarket, Soham and Mildenhall have been celebrating after receiving record breaking GCSE results.
At Soham Village College pupils achieved the best results in the school’s history with 70 per cent getting the benchmark qualification of five GCSE passes at grade c or above including maths and English.
Star performer was George Hall with 12 A* passes while Joseph Robbins, Sebastian Shiers, Lucy Wilkinson, Ella Peake, Sebastian Pettit, George Tuli, Chloe Ashman, Nicholas Halls, James Armer, Ryan Pettitt, Ana Lucia Fernandes, Emily May and Alfie Williams achieved the majority of their GCSEs at grade A*.
Principal Carin Taylor said:” I am particularly pleases that results in all subjects are exceptional this year and that our students are able to move on to the next phase of their education or training with evidence of great achievement in a wide range of subjects and having enjoyed rich opportunities beyond the curriculum too.”
It was good news too at Newmarket Academy as it saw its percentage of students getting A* to C grades including English and maths, jump 13 per cent on last year to 51 per cent. Eleven per cent of students achieved A*/A grades in five or more subjects and in English, biology, RE, Spanish and history over 25 per cent of grades were A* or A.
Top student was 16-year-old Ceri Foster from Newmarket who achieved 10A*s and two As, including an additional level three maths qualification. Tarek Schoehl, Natasha Goodchild and Ross Huggins, all attained 10 or more A*/As, and Emma Rooney, Rebecca Goodchild, Hannah Cook, Abbie Green and Christopher Offley all gained six or more A*/As.
“We are very proud of the achievement of this group of students who have broken all our previous records. The students have been the key element of the academy’s transformation - they have worked incredibly hard to achieve their aspirational targets,” said academy head Nick Froy. “I am incredibly proud of the students and the team of dedicated and committed staff who have worked tirelessly to challenge and support each student.
“We remain committed to creating the school our community can be proud of and have shown that we can deliver on our promises
and our aspirations.”
And Mildenhall College Academy celebrated its best ever GCSE results with 52 per cent of students achieving 5 A*-C grades including English and maths.
Star performer was Harriet Almond who got 11 A*-A grades,
And it was a day of special celebration for Emily Dobbin who took her exams while her father Simon lay in intensive care in hospital after being viciously attacked by thugs as he left a football match in Southend. Emily achieved nine GCSEs with six A*-C grades including English and maths.
“These results are a record for the academy and represent a spectacular 10 per cent improvement on last year,” said principal Susan Byles. “I am immensely proud of our students. They have done incredibly well and have been supported in every step by their families and by the staff of the academy.”
Other top performers were Jing Lin and Amy Pryor with six A*-A grades, Abbie Bunnett with five A*-A grades, and Kieran Davies and Bethany Field with four A*-A grades.