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Students take stock as results roll out

PUBLISHED: 09:18 15 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:03 05 July 2010

THERE were mixed emotions as students from Lowestoft and Southwold received their A-level results yesterday.

At Denes High School, 62pc of students received A-levels at grades A-C, compared with 59pc last year, and 96pc received A-E, as opposed to 94pc last year.

THERE were mixed emotions as students from Lowestoft and Southwold received their A-level results yesterday.

At Denes High School, 62pc of students received A-levels at grades A-C, compared with 59pc last year, and 96pc received A-E, as opposed to 94pc last year. Mick Lincoln was also the only local head to give out AS-level results, although he pointed out that these were only tentative.

He added: “We are pleased. It's an improvement. The students have worked very hard, the teachers have worked very hard and the students have received a lot of support from home.

“We need to analyse them now, and it's a matter of getting the teaching staff to look at areas that need to be improved. It's quite complicated, as most subjects do six units and we have to look for patterns and it takes two to three years to see if there is a trend there.”

Initially it appeared as if Benjamin Britten High School had slumped from reaching standards of 72pc at A-Level A-C in 2007 to just 37pc this year - but Colin Goffin, assistant head, was quick to point out that they had not received all their results.

“Overall, our results are very tentative as we are waiting for a number of grades that will make a substantial difference to our pass percentages. Students coming in are very pleased with their results and getting into their chosen universities, and thatthe most important thing,” he said.

David Ward, head at St Felix School, Southwold, saw lower results than in 2007, with students achieving a pass rate of 82pc at A-C, compared with 98pc last year, and 98.5pc at A-E, in comparison with 100pc last year. But he said: “I am extremely pleased with the A-level results, and they show the hard work put in this year.”

Notable individual success at St Felix came from Naomi Tarawali, who achieved As in history, Spanish and English and will go to Newnham College, Cambridge, to read law.

At AS-level, April Vincent, from Lowestoft, gained three As: in art, English and geography.

At Kirkley High School, the pass rate of students at A-level between A-C was 50pc, a slight drop from last year's rates of 58pc, although one student, Jonathan Elms, received four As: in chemistry, physics, maths and further maths. Head John Clinton said: “The 2008 results were satisfactory overall. They were slightly down on last year's results and represent consolidation after a period of sustained improvement in previous years. We now need to build further on this platform.”

Many schools did not provide AS-level results. Mr Clinton said: “We advise students not to 'cash their results in' automatically at this stage but to consider if there are any units they wish to improve upon in year 13.”

At Lowestoft College, a small number of students received results at A and AS-level in courses such as ICT and health and social care, but a breakdown of results was unavailable.

Teresa Miller, vice-principal, said: “We are pleased with the results as the students undertake these courses in addition to their main vocational qualification.”


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