As well as a ‘century’ for pupils achieving the standard of at least five A*-C grades including English and Maths, over 100 pupils gained A* and A grades in modern languages – French, German, Spanish and Russian – and 100 pupils gained A* and A grades in Maths – despite the national news of extremely difficult exam papers.
Ninety percent of GCSE exams at Ipswich School were graded A* to B this summer, with 100% of pupils achieving the standard of at least five A*-C grades including English and Maths. There were 131 students taking GCSE exams at the school this summer.
Headmaster Nicholas Weaver said: “With one of our biggest cohorts of Year 11 pupils in recent years, this is another set of excellent results, and follows the school’s 100% pass rate seen in last week’s A level results. I would like to congratulate all our pupils on their results over a broad range of subjects, in particular those 20 pupils who have gained at least seven A* grades, which is widely accepted as the benchmark for recruitment into top universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.”
Of the 20 pupils to achieve at least seven A* grades, 12 are girls and 8 are boys. Many said they were nervous as they came in to pick up their results, with anxiety turning to relief as they opened their envelopes. Gabriel Watson, who achieved 9 A* grades and an A, said: “I was very happy, as I didn’t think I’d do that well!”, whilst Tom McAllister, who also achieved 9 A* grades and an A, added: “I was nervous but when I saw the first results were good I was relieved.” Robyn Cura achieved 8 A* grades and 2 A grades, and said: “I was so worried but now I’m so happy”, and Sophie Coe, who also achieved 8 A* grades and 2 A grades, said: “It’s a big relief; there was no way I thought I’d manage that!” Bethan Matthew, who achieved 10 A* grades, is a champion sailor who came 35th in the world championships in Germany earlier in the summer. She said: “I had to come in to actually see my results, as I didn’t believe I’d done so well. I think it might sink in later!”