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Joy for Lowestoft pupils after ‘record-breaking’ GCSE results

PUBLISHED: 16:07 20 August 2020 | UPDATED: 16:07 20 August 2020

Cameron Hall and Rachel Sewell collecting their GCSE results from Pakefield High School. PHOTO: Pakefield High School

Cameron Hall and Rachel Sewell collecting their GCSE results from Pakefield High School. PHOTO: Pakefield High School

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Pupils across Lowestoft have been celebrating after another year of “dedication and hard work” yielded more record-breaking results.

Emily Howarth collecting her GCSE results from Pakefield High School. PHOTO: Pakefield High SchoolEmily Howarth collecting her GCSE results from Pakefield High School. PHOTO: Pakefield High School

Despite the disruption to pupil’s lives and learning since lockdown began in March, pupils at Pakefield High School, East Point Academy and Ormiston Denes Academy have been celebrating their “fully deserved” GCSE results on Thursday.

Anthony Walker, headteacher at Pakefield High School, praised the efforts of pupils and staff after another record-breaking year for the school.

He said: “On this most unusual of GCSE results days, I am proud our school staff volunteered to issue GCSE exam results to our students in person today.

“Last year we reformed our tutorial system, with each student having a personal coach and today each student has received their results from that coach who knows them well and can support them in these trying circumstances following the cancellation of examinations.

Daisy Parr collecting her GCSE results at Ormiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft. PHOTO: Ormiston Denes AcademyDaisy Parr collecting her GCSE results at Ormiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft. PHOTO: Ormiston Denes Academy

“I am delighted the hard work and conscientious approach of our year 11s has been recognised in their individual results with record numbers able to progress on to their first-choice destination and, as a school, our results match last year’s record levels.

“I would specifically like to congratulate Rachel Sewell and Cameron Hall who both achieved five grade 9s and two grade 8s.

“Equally impressive was the achievement of Emily Howarth who made outstanding progress, exceeding the national expectation by three GCSE grades in each of her subjects.

“I would like to congratulate our students and staff on their commitment to learning through this difficult time and thank our parents, carers and governors for their ongoing support of the school.”

Matthew Ruddick collecting his GCSE results at Ormiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft. PHOTO: Ormiston Denes AcademyMatthew Ruddick collecting his GCSE results at Ormiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft. PHOTO: Ormiston Denes Academy

Many schools in the county have opted against releasing grade statistics this year following the unprecedented disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

East Point Academy principal Richard Dolding said: “Congratulations to all our students who have worked so hard throughout their time with us.

“They have shown that determination and hard work truly does pay off.

“We are thrilled that so many have secured the qualifications they need for the next stage of their educational journey.

Joseph Wisher collecting his GCSE results at Ormiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft. PHOTO: Ormiston Denes AcademyJoseph Wisher collecting his GCSE results at Ormiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft. PHOTO: Ormiston Denes Academy

“Their success is fully deserved.

“I thank my colleagues for their continued hard work and dedication and our families for their belief and support.

“Together you have created a truly supportive community.

“It has been an absolute pleasure working with our students and watching them grow into impressive young adults.

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“I wish them all the very best for the future.”

Among the individual successes at Ormiston Denes Academy is Daisy Parr, who has now been awarded a scholarship to Saint Felix Sixth Form College following a competitive selection process.

The school also highlighted the success of Matthew Ruddick, who achieved an overall Progress 8 score of 3.01 and Joseph Wisher, who achieved 8s and 9s in the majority of his subjects.

Principal Jim Nixon said: “It has been a real privilege to see our year 11 students develop and grow over the year and so it was with great sadness that we had to say goodbye to them in March and in such extraordinary circumstances.

“They were a fantastic year group who, without doubt, will go on to achieve great success in the future.

“My thanks to them for all their hard work, to their parents for their support, to my staff for their dedication and commitment and to our Governors who give a considerable amount of voluntary time for the benefit of everyone in the academy.”

Students sitting GCSEs at East Coast College and Lowestoft Sixth Form College have been congratulated following their results.

Chief executive Stuart Rimmer said: “Congratulations to all our students who have passed GCSE qualifications in the toughest of years.

“In many cases in English and maths these now enable our students to access their futures careers in key sectors such as engineering or nursing.

“Well done to all and a special thanks to our teachers.”

At East Coast College, 34.4pc of maths students achieved a 9-4 grade, as did 38.5pc of those studying English.

At Lowestoft Sixth Form College, 47.2pc achieved a 9-4 grade in English, while 47.7pc did so in maths.

Following the government changes, the college has also announced a 100pc pass rate for A Level students, higher than the 99.7pc expected.

More than 99pc of students at Saint Felix School, in Southwold, achieved at least five passes at grade 4 or above, including English and maths.

Headmaster James Harrison also praised pupils for their efforts in latin, with the school one of small number in the county to offer the language as a mainstream subject.

He said: “We congratulate all of this year’s GCSE students for their hard work and commitment over the past two years.

“All of our pupils achieved at least five passes at grade 4 or above, and we are looking forward to welcoming many of them back to our Sixth Form in September in order to continue their studies at A Level.

“As one of very few schools in Suffolk that offer Latin as a mainstream subject, we are especially pleased that, in line with previous years’ achievements, this year over two thirds of pupils were awarded grade 8 or 9.”


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