Beccles and Bungay students jump for joy with ‘best ever’ GCSE results

Jumping for joy - this year Sir John Leman celebrated its best ever grades with 68pc of students get

Jumping for joy - this year Sir John Leman celebrated its best ever grades with 68pc of students getting grade four or above in English and Maths. Photo: Matthew Nixon - Credit: Photo: Matthew Nixon

Students picking up GCSE results across the region celebrated some of the best results the area has ever seen.

Students at Beccles Free School opening their results slips. Photo: Beccles Free School

Students at Beccles Free School opening their results slips. Photo: Beccles Free School - Credit: Photo: Beccles Free School

Sir John Leman High School, in Beccles, saw a record result with 68pc of students achieving a grade 4 or above in English and Maths, and 50pc getting grade 5 or above, an 11pc increase on last years results.

Phoebe Ellis was the school's top performing student with nine grade 9s, two grade 8s, and an A in Additional Mathematics.

Students at Beccles Free School were also jumping for joy at results which saw every student get int

Students at Beccles Free School were also jumping for joy at results which saw every student get into their top post-16 choice. Photo: Beccles Free School - Credit: Photo: Beccles Free School

She said: "I've done so much better than I thought I would, I didn't think I would get these grades. They're all really surprising. It was hard work but I'm glad I put in the hard work for it.

"The hardest part was the pressure. Obviously there's A-Levels after but there's pressure to keep getting good grades, especially if you've got them before."

Phoebe Ellis was the top performing student, with nine grade 9s, two grade 8s, and a level 2 distinc

Phoebe Ellis was the top performing student, with nine grade 9s, two grade 8s, and a level 2 distinction and an A grade in additional mathematics. Photo: Matthew Nixon. - Credit: Photo: Matthew Nixon


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Top grades also went to James Mitchell who gained eight grade 9s, two 8s, a level 2 Distinction and an A in Additional Mathematics.

Theo Bellaby was "really happy" to receive mostly 7s 8s and 9s, and looks forward to studying at Lowestoft Sixth Form to prepare for a career in the health service.

Theo Bellaby and Connor Hargreaves didn't expect such fantastic grades, and hope to go on to become

Theo Bellaby and Connor Hargreaves didn't expect such fantastic grades, and hope to go on to become a doctor and an orchestral musician. Photo: Matthew Nixon - Credit: Photo: Matthew Nixon

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He said: "The hardest moment was maybe the moments before you go into the exam, not knowing how you'll do or what the paper would be like.

"I'm thankful to all my teachers who helped me."

Katie Kerridge opening her results with a teacher at Bungay High School. Photo: Matthew Nixon

Katie Kerridge opening her results with a teacher at Bungay High School. Photo: Matthew Nixon - Credit: Photo: Matthew Nixon

Headteacher Mike Taylor said: "The school is over the moon with the GCSE results this summer. We are incredibly proud of our year 11 cohort of 2019."

At Bungay High School, 61pc of students achieved a grade 4 or above in both English and Maths. Oliver Ridhton was the school's highest achiever, scoring all 9s and 8s. He said: "I had hopes but it's beyond what I was properly expecting. I'm really really happy."

Katie Kerridge, from Bungay High School, had amazing grades with 9s and 8s across the board. Photo:

Katie Kerridge, from Bungay High School, had amazing grades with 9s and 8s across the board. Photo: Matthew Nixon - Credit: Photo: Matthew Nixon

Top grades also went to Katie Kerridge, who said: "I was looking at the grade boundaries this morning and I was thinking 'oh no I've not done very well'.

"But I got 9's and 8's, and passed maths. I'm so happy, it's really great. I really wasn't expecting that."

Bungay High School's Emma Louise Rusted was proud to have received four 9s, three 8s, a 7, a 6, and

Bungay High School's Emma Louise Rusted was proud to have received four 9s, three 8s, a 7, a 6, and an A. Photo: Matthew Nixon - Credit: Photo: Matthew Nixon

Headteacher Angelo Goduti said: "Students have worked extremely hard and been so committed to their learning. We are extremely proud."

At Beccles Free School 51pc of students achieved at least grade 4 in English and Maths. Headteacher David Lees said: "I would like to personally say congratulations. All students achieved the post-16 option of their choice."

61pc of students at Bungay High School achieved a grade four or above in English and Maths. Photo: M

61pc of students at Bungay High School achieved a grade four or above in English and Maths. Photo: Matthew Nixon - Credit: Photo: Matthew Nixon

At Hobart 65pc of students achieved above grade four in English and Maths. A spokesperson said "We are very proud of our students."

At Langley school, in Loddon, 70pc of pupils gained grade 4 or above in both English and Maths.

Seven pupils achieved what would have been all A grades, by the old measure, with grades 7-9 in all their subjects.

Jess Stone achieved seven grade 9s, an 8 and a 7; she has achieved this alongside a busy co-curricular life, including a prominent role in the Debating Society. Tom Connor achieved four 9s and four 8s, and James Kerridge, Charlie Peacock and Robert McCall all achieved an average grade above 8 (the old A*).

Headmaster Jon Perriss said: "Our pupils' results reflect the commitment that they have shown to their learning in recent years and they have my warm congratulations. Langley pupils have achieved impressively, the culmination of many years of work, and crucially, support from parents and teachers."

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