GCSE students praised at Samuel Ward Academy

GCSE students at Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill have again achieved well in a year of many changes in the exam system.

Headteacher Kath Just paid tribute to the hard work of students, staff and parents alike after today’s results with 63% of students achieving a grade 4 or above in maths and 58% achieving 4 or above in English.

The school and staff were also very pleased that 99% of students gained qualifications in maths and English, which will allow them to move on to the next phase of their education.  Ms Just believed the results reflected the hard work and dedication shown by teachers and the 196 GCSE students during their time at the school.

She said: “We are proud of all our students and the results they have achieved this year, at a time when changes have put added pressure on these young people.

“I am particularly pleased that several students gained grade 9s, which are only awarded to the top 3% of students in the country.

“The governors and I would like to thank everyone concerned for their continued support and hard work.”

Notable individual achievements included Olivia Farrington of Clare - who gained two 9s, an 8, 5 A*s, 4As and a B - Jess Sharman of Wickhambrook - who gained a 9, an 8, a 6, 5A*s, 3As and 3Bs - and Tillie Randall of Haverhill who achieved a 9, 2 7s, 5A*s, 3As and 2Bs.

Dr Tim Coulson, Chief Executive of the Samuel Ward Academy Trust, said: “I would like to congratulate all staff and pupils for their work in achieving these results.

“We look forward to seeing the young people move on to great things.”