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You will find a great story here about Mendlesham Primary School’s new Head of School, Joseph Santy!
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Trust Update no.15_ End of Term July 2021
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GCSE Results

Stowupland High School is delighted to report outstanding achievements by its students in their GCSE and other equivalent qualifications this summer.

Although exam results are not being published again this year, two thirds of Year 11 students gained key grades in both English and Maths.

Ellen Davies, from Stowmarket, achieved seven 9s, two 8s and a 7 in her GCSEs and is set to take A-levels at Stowupland High School in September.  She said: “I want to go to university.  I’m not sure where yet but I want to keep learning.  It has been a difficult year but you just have to make sure you take in the advice of teachers – they have been really helpful.  I want to get into teaching for a career – I have always wanted to work with children.”

Ben Langley, 16, from Combs, achieved 6 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s, a 6 and a 7.  He said: “I am really pleased, but they were the results I was expecting to be honest.  I am looking to do A-Levels next in Maths, further maths, computer science and physics.  I want to go to Cambridge University next.”

Edem and Elorm Kaye-Essien, from Needham Market, said they were really happy with their results.  Elorm said: “I think there has been a lot to overcome but we have had a lot of support throughout it.”  Edem said she plans to become a paediatrician in the future, while Elorm wants to become a psychiatrist.

Ella Webb, 16, from Combs Ford, said: “I am pretty happy with my results to be honest.  It has been a hectic year. It is hard not knowing what is happening next but you just have to get on with it.”

Jack Atkins, from Bacton, achieved four 9s, with the rest his grades either 8 or 7.  He said: “I am generally happy with that.  It has been an interesting year – it has taken a lot more effort from students and teachers.  I am planning to do A-levels next and then hopefully university.”

Following the cancellation of exams in January, grades were determined this year by a process of teacher assessed grades, which were approved by the exam boards and awarded against a national standard. As in more normal years, we were able to make reasonable adjustments for students with additional needs, and to take into account illness or other personal circumstances that might have affected students’ performance. The government has decided not to publish performance data for any schools or colleges this year due to the varying impact of the pandemic.

Peter Whear, the school’s headteacher said: “Students have performed exceptionally well this year under uniquely challenging circumstances. We are proud of the way they remained positive and determined throughout. Their achievements are just reward for their hard work. Parents and carers, too, played their part in supporting home learning and providing invaluable emotional support all along. Last but by no means least, I wish to pay credit to the consummate professionalism and integrity of our teachers and other staff who have ensured that our students are well-prepared for their post-16 education and training.

We wish our students every success for the future and look forward to watching them thrive as they make their next big steps in life.”

Karen Grimes, CEO of the Trust added: “Celebrations are in order for results which are a genuine and accurate reflection of our students’ abilities and achievements.  Throughout remote learning, Year 11 students remained focused and determined and I am absolutely delighted that these results mean they can make positive choices about next steps.  We wish our students every success in their future studies and we are really looking forward to greeting a new cohort of students into the sixth form in September.”


Stowupland sixth formers celebrate as they collect their A-Level results

Students at Stowupland High School celebrated this morning as they picked up their A-Level results.

Despite the upheaval caused by the pandemic, the overall pass rate was more than 98% with 75% of grades at A*-C.  Most importantly, all students have made plans for the next steps in their education, training or employment.

Headteacher Peter Whear said: “We are exceptionally proud of our students and their achievements this year.  They have worked hard to achieve these grades under uniquely challenging circumstances, remaining positive and determined throughout.  We are also immensely grateful to their parents and carers who supported home learning during the lengthy periods of lockdown.  Finally, our teachers, and other staff, have done a first-class job under enormous pressure and in a limited period of time to ensure students are all able to progress onto further education and study.  We wish our students every success for the future and look forward to watching them thrive as they make their next big steps in life.”

Among the high achievers was Reuben Miller, 18, from Mendlesham, who earned an A* in maths, an A in physics and an A* in computing.  He is set to study games programming at the University of Northampton in September.  He said: “I was quite happy with my results, I thought I was going to do well and then I did.  I have been interested in IT ever since my first year at Stowupland High School. I have loved programming ever since.  Eventually I would like to work on one of the big games companies, like Ubisoft.  It is exciting to be taking my next step in life, that is what I am most looking forward to.”

Abby Durrant, 18, achieved A*, A and two distinction A*s.  Abby, whose whole family, including Willow the dog, came along to support her at the school, said she was still thinking about what to do next.  “I did quite a lot better than expected,” she said. “It has been a difficult year; you didn’t know what to expect so it could be quite stressful at times.  It is a relief for it to be all over.”

Will Harris, 18, is set to study film at Anglia Ruskin in September.  Will, who has overcome complex needs, achieved the grades he needed in three A-levels and aims to have a career working behind the scenes in movies.

Emily Keeble, 18, who wants to become a paramedic, said she was pleased with her results.  “I am really happy,” she said. “I’m going off to study paramedic science in September.  It has been quite a difficult year, but the school have done really well to help us carry on with our learning.”

CEO Karen Grimes added: “These results bear testament to the talent and resilience of our students and reflect the unstinting support of families and the entire staff at Stowupland. After two years of study in the most difficult of circumstances, it is a day for celebration and we wish them every success in their future studies and careers.”