Samuel Ward Academy is once again celebrating an excellent set of A-level results which saw 43 per cent of students achieve A*-B grades – up by 11 per cent on last year.
The Haverhill school has again proven its strong provision for sixth form students through another excellent set of A-level and BTEC results, which exemplify the hard work and commitment of staff and students at the academy.
Kath Just, who became the headteacher of Samuel Ward Academy in June, said: “It is a privilege to take over the running of such a highly achieving school, where teachers, students and parents work together to ensure that all students progress to the next stage of their educational and work journey as well prepared as possible.
“Aspirations are high across the academy and students work hard, alongside their teachers, to meet the challenges and pressures they face in the ever-changing landscape of academic success.
“I am proud to see that this hard work and effort has been rewarded and students can move on to a bright future.”
Head of sixth form Imogen Senior added: “We are immensely proud of the exceptional results that the students have received.
“This is a result of their hard work and determination and we are delighted to have supported so many students on their successful academic journeys.”
In academic examinations, 43 per cent of students achieved A*-B grades, up by 11 per cent on last year, 77 per cent achieved A*-C grades and the overall pass rate was 98 per cent.
Vocational subjects did especially well with 86 per cent of students achieving a Distinction*-Merit.
Several subjects proved especially successful, with the A*-B grades for Chemistry standing at 77 per cent, for Biology at 58 per cent, Film Studies 56 per cent, History 61, Maths 52, Media 74 and Sociology at 67 per cent.
Tom Quarrell, from Haverhill, is off to study medicine at Clare College in Cambridge having gained an A* in maths, biology and chemistry and an A in further maths AS.
He said: “I try not to guess what my grades would be. I’m happy with what I’ve got.”
With an A* in history and an A in English and Film Studies, Imogen Cottage, of Haverhill, now heads to her first choice university, the UEA in Norwich, to study history.
She said: “I’m really excited, particularly now. I was very nervous before. I’m still incredibly happy.”
Stephanie Berry is also heading to the UEA, where she will study biology after achieving an A in biology, chemistry and geography.
The delighted 18-year-old, from Haverhill, said: “I was aiming for As but it as an unconditional offer so It didn’t really matter so much, but I just wanted to well for myself. I’ve wanted to be a biologist for ages, so it’s nice to get this.”
With an A grade in media studies and psychology and an A* in maths and history, Kier Beasley, of Haverhill, is now looking forward to taking a history degree at Warwick.
“I try not to think about it because I want to feel proud of what I got and not expecting it,” said Kier. “I want to be surprised yet satisfied.”
Nathan Bowd, of Haverhill, gained an A* in maths and physics and an A in chemistry, earning himself a place at Sheffield University - his first choice destination - to study Engineering.
He said: “They were alright. They got the job done. In six years time they will be irrelevant compared to university.
“I’m hoping for motor sports (engineering) but I’m open minded about it.”
Millie Iron and Aaron Thorne all got three A grades and Leon Bailey and Tyrone Alleyne got three distinctions in the extended sport diploma while Jack Sheppard achieved three A* grades and B in further maths AS and has a place for 2017 to study medicine.