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Consistent hard work brings excellent GCSE results in an extraordinary year

Ipswich School Headmaster, Nicholas Weaver, said he was delighted that the hard work of the school’s Year 11 pupils had culminated in an excellent set of GCSE results recorded for them today (Thursday 20 August).

Nicholas Weaver said:

“I am so proud of our Year 11 pupils. They have had such an extraordinary six months and have risen to the challenge magnificently.”

“Our excellent track record speaks for itself, but this is not the year to make historic comparisons. This year’s cohort have done fantastically well and we are delighted for them. I am thrilled that 46 pupils achieved 10 GCSEs at grade 7 or above, and that 9 pupils achieved the top grade 9 in all ten of their subjects. Almost half of GCSEs were awarded grade 9 or grade 8. These grades are the outcome of a robust and rigorous process involving all of our teaching staff, who approached the task with great application and integrity.”

He added:

“These students have consistently engaged with their academic studies during their Ipswich School careers and this has clearly paid dividends for them. They migrated to remote learning with their characteristic maturity and commitment – adapting to the new style of teaching throughout their lessons which continued long after the public examinations had been cancelled. Ipswich School provided a pre-A Level programme after half term and it was so encouraging to see them embrace this educational breadth and stretch. This attitude will see them do well into the Sixth Form and beyond.”

Andrew Bradshaw, Head of Middle School, said: 

“It has been lovely to see our Year 11 pupils back in school. Today has been about celebrating with all our students across our full grade range and I am immensely proud of each and every one of them. Alongside their studies, they have also played highly active roles across the wider aspects of school life – sport, music, drama and community. Throughout their GCSE years they have also notched up many sporting accolades – such as national silver medals in girls’ cricket and boys’ indoor hockey. We also loved their involvement in the remote choirs and music ensembles during lockdown which kept all our spirits high.” 

Two sets of twins from Ipswich School achieved an amazing 38 grade 9s between them. Olivia and Will MacDonnell-Hannah both achieved ten GCSEs at grade 9, and Lewis and Paul Glancey achieved 18 grade 9s between them. Will said: “We’re not really competitive as we each have different interests.” while Olivia added: “It has been hard waiting for the results, but it shows that hard work pays off.” Lewis and Paul agreed that Paul was the most competitive, but he said it was good as they can help each other with practical things. Their dad, Dr Glancey said: “I am very proud of them both.”

Pupils from our Latin outreach club also received their GCSE results today. Sixteen pupils from local state schools have been studying Latin after school once a week with Mr Robson. They all passed their GCSE, with 9 pupils achieving grades 8 or 9.

Ipswich School GCSE statistics 2020

  • Number of pupils taking GCSE exams: 123
  • % achieved at least a grade 4 in English and Maths: 99.2%
  • % GCSEs at grade 9: 28.2%
  • % GCSEs at grades 9-8: 49.2%
  • % GCSEs at grades 9-7: 70.1%
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