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Samuel Ward Academy hits new heights in A-level results

Samuel Ward Academy students, from left; Josh Walker, Tom Hudson and Matt Sheppard-Wood looking happy on their results day (3632749)
Samuel Ward Academy students, from left; Josh Walker, Tom Hudson and Matt Sheppard-Wood looking happy on their results day (3632749)

Students at Samuel Ward Academy have been celebrating a rise in the school’s A-level results, including one student who is following in his brother’s footsteps to study medicine at Cambridge.

The Haverhill school achieved an overall pass rate of 98 per cent with 80 per cent grades A*-C equivalent – an increase on the 73 per cent a year ago.

Andy Hunter, newly recruited headteacher of the school, said: “All at the school are very proud of the achievements, commitment and efforts of the students who I know already were ably supported by dedicated staff.

“I am excited to be joining a sixth form on the up at the same time the school will benefit from new buildings and upgraded sixth form facilities.”

Tim Coulson, chief executive of the Unity Schools Partnership of which the academy is a founder member, added: “I would like to congratulate all students, staff, parents and the school community for playing their part in these successful results.

“We wish the young people every success as they go onto the next stage of their lives.”

Kevin Geall, head of sixth form, said: “It is an incredibly exciting time for the sixth form. With our current Year 12 students on course to excel, I expect more record-breaking student achievement in the very near future.”

Andy Quarrell achieved an A* in biology, chemistry and maths and is now off to study medicine - just as his older brother Tom has - for six years at Robinson College, Cambridge.

He said: "I was hoping for three A*, but it's never a given is it. I'm just very happy, there's not other word to describe it."

Madeline Brown, from Clare, already had an unconditional offer from the University of East Anglia to read English Literature, but her results, an A* in English literature and As in geography and French, were better than she had anticipated.

She said: "I'm above in English, i was predicted to get three As. It wasn't easy. It definitely wasn't easy."

Tom Hudson got an A* in maths and an A in each of further maths, chemistry and physics, although having learned he was one mark from an A* in physics he has asked for a re-marking.

His initial dream of going to study maths at Cambridge University's Robinson College has not come to pass, but instead he is off to Bath University.

He said: "I think i've already come to terms with it. I've hit my level."

Joel Ridgway is another student who had initially aimed his sights on Cambridge, and despite his impressive grades of A* in maths, an A in further maths and physics and a C in chemistry, he is now heading elsewhere.

"I missed out on Cambridge at the early stage so my first choice now is Durham and with these grades I made it into Durham to do a four years masters in maths," said Joel.

"I was amazed, looking down at these grades. I definitely wasn't expecting to get these As in the middle.

"I was really surprised I got into Durham. I was expecting it to be worse than this."

Other notable student achievements included Matthew Wood (A*, A*, B) and, at BTEC Level 3, Daisy Heath (Distinction* in public services, Dist* in business studies and Dist in IT) and Kiernan Harding, who failed to drop a single mark in gaining three Dist* in business studies, IT and sport.

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