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Haverhill academy once more hits high standards in its GCSE results

Some of the best sets of individual GCSE  results at Samuel Ward academy were achieved by these students. From left, back row: Nathan Bowd, Jack Sheppard, Patrick Schraeder-Bidwell, and Stephanie Berry. Front, from left: Jastine Rivera and Hannah Gunn. ANL-140821-112418005

Some of the best sets of individual GCSE results at Samuel Ward academy were achieved by these students. From left, back row: Nathan Bowd, Jack Sheppard, Patrick Schraeder-Bidwell, and Stephanie Berry. Front, from left: Jastine Rivera and Hannah Gunn. ANL-140821-112418005

 

Changes to the way GCSEs are assessed have not, as predicted in some media reports, had much impact at Samuel Ward Academy, where another set of impressive figures have been achieved this year.

The Haverhill school has seen 90 per cent of its students gain five GCSE’s between A* and C grades.

An impressive 69 per cent also met the Government’s more demanding measure of five A* to C grades, including English and maths, a drop of just one per cent from 2013.

This year the way GCSEs are assessed have changed and predictions had been made that schools’ results would suffer have not been borne out at Samuel Ward, as head of school Andy Prestoe said.

“Instead of being able to take half your course in the beginning of year 11 and the other half one year on, this year the emphasis has been switched to terminal exams, all in one go and first entry so the students who have sat those have only sat them once, so that’s a big change this year.

“I am really really pleased. It’s a great set of results.”

For the full story, buy next Thursday’s (August 28) Haverhill Echo.

 

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