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GCSE RESULTS: Schools in Haverhill, Clare and Linton express 'pride' and 'delight' at their outcomes




The GCSE results achieved by students at schools in Haverhill, Clare and Linton have been praised by their respective headteachers.

Students at Castle Manor Academy in Haverhill are celebrating after finding out their GCSE results.

A total of 63 per cent of students at the Haverhill school reached the threshold grade of four in English and 54 per cent of students reached this in maths.

The combined threshold of grade four in maths and English was reached by 48 per cent of students, marginally down from the 50 per cent achieved last year.

These Castle Manor Academy students look pleased with the contents of their envelope on GCSE results day. Contributed picture
These Castle Manor Academy students look pleased with the contents of their envelope on GCSE results day. Contributed picture

The school are particularly thrilled to be in the top 5 per cent of similar schools for students achieving grades seven to nine in these subjects.

Headteacher, Vanessa Whitcombe, congratulated students, staff and parents and said the achievements were as a result of a huge amount of hard work from dedicated students.

She added: “I am thrilled to see the results for these students.

Castle Manor Academy students Ben Harding (left) and Tom Wolstenholme-Hogg both excelled in their GCSEs. Contributed picture
Castle Manor Academy students Ben Harding (left) and Tom Wolstenholme-Hogg both excelled in their GCSEs. Contributed picture

"As well as successes in our core subjects, we have seen excellent results in a wide range of subjects, including photography, geography, biology, food and dance.

“I am extremely proud of all of our students and they will have very bright futures.”

Notable achievements by students at Castle Manor Academy included Nikola Yurukov who, although only joining the school in Year 7 after moving from Bulgaria when he spoke hardly any English, achieved three grade nines, two grade eights and two grade sevens.

Castle Manor Academy students Isobel Cannon (left) and Gracie Lewis look delighted with their GCSE results
Castle Manor Academy students Isobel Cannon (left) and Gracie Lewis look delighted with their GCSE results

Gracie Lewis, of Haverhill, meanwhile gained one grade nine, three grade eights and four grade sevens.

Gracie's results are particularly impressive, and equate to the minimum of an A or above in every GCSE under the old grading system that was changed to numbers instead of letters last year.

She is now heading to The Fashion Retail Academy in London to study for a diploma.

The moment has arrived for one Samuel Ward Academy student to learn of her GCSE results. Picture by Russ Bennett
The moment has arrived for one Samuel Ward Academy student to learn of her GCSE results. Picture by Russ Bennett

Gracie said: "I wasn't expecting them (the grades) that's why I've been crying all morning. I knew it was going to be hard but it's worth the effort."

The school's head boy, Ollie Loveridge, even got up at 4am while on holiday in Florida with friends of his family, to FaceTime his mum and brother who had opened his results envelope for him.

He attained three grade eights, one grade seven and four grade six and was chuffed about it.

"I'm honestly over the moon," he said. "It's way more than I expected. I felt confident at first in the exams but as time ticked on I started to doubt myself."

Ollie is now off to Hills Road Sixth Form College to study A Levels in geology, biology and business.

Tom Wolstenholme-Hogg, of Haverhill, excelled in the STEM subjects with a grade nine in maths and grade eight in biology, chemistry and physics and Hannah Doyle had great success across the EBacc suite of subjects, notably grade eights in science and geography and grade sevens in English and maths.

GCSE students at Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill have been saluted after picking up their results.

More students achieved more results at grade nine, the very highest grade, than in previous years.

This is one happy looking Samuel Ward Academy student. Picture by Russ Bennett.
This is one happy looking Samuel Ward Academy student. Picture by Russ Bennett.

The number of grade eights, equivalent to an old A*, rose substantially as well while maths results reached a three year high with nearly three quarters of all students achieving a standard pass at grade four.

The overall number of students who achieved at least grade four in both maths and English stands at 62.9 per cent, a fraction below the 64 per cent recorded in 2018.

Headteacher Andy Hunter said: “We are delighted that so many students did so well.

“It is especially good to see the increase in the highest grades across a wide range of subjects, but every qualification that a student worked hard for is a qualification to be proud of, whatever the grade.

“Congratulations to all the students who worked so hard for these results.”

Notable individual achievements included Jack Ainsworth-Mackay, Mathew Bowd, Adam Bullock, James Cowie, George Farrington, Neve Hopkins, Amber Howard, Dylan Morgan-Owen, Becky Rigg and Dodi Rukhadze who all achieved exceptionally high grades across a range of subjects.

In South Cambridgeshire, over 76 per cent of students achieved a pass in both English and maths GCSE at Linton Village College.

Helena Marsh, principal, said: “We are very proud of the success achieved by students at Linton Village College.

"The great progress made across the board is testament to the hard work and commitment of students and staff.

Linton Village College students, from left; Alice Wright, Jack Palmer, Caitlin Turner, Paul Herberholz, Izzy Wilson, Nathan Faulkner, Ella O’Brien, Adam Tempest and Matt Magin celebrate their GCSE results in the sun
Linton Village College students, from left; Alice Wright, Jack Palmer, Caitlin Turner, Paul Herberholz, Izzy Wilson, Nathan Faulkner, Ella O’Brien, Adam Tempest and Matt Magin celebrate their GCSE results in the sun

“Beyond the core subjects, it has been another remarkable year for the Arts at the college. 72 per cent of Music and 43 per cent of Art entries achieved a Grade 7 or above.

“Featured LVC students have all secured excellent GCSE outcomes; we are proud of their attitude to learning and academic accomplishments.

"Some notable individual achievements include Izzy Wilson who achieved nine grade 9s and Paul Herberholz who gained eight grade 9s.

"Both students are progressing to Hills Road Sixth Form College in September.

“We wish all of our students the best for their future education and next steps.”

Stour Valley Community School in Clare saw a continued improvement in the achievements made by students at the school again this year.

A grade four or higher in both English and Maths was achieved by 65 per cent of students - a rise of three per cent on last year - and additionally, just under 70 per cent of grades were five or higher.

A happy group of GCSE students at Stour Valley Community School in Clare. Contributed picture
A happy group of GCSE students at Stour Valley Community School in Clare. Contributed picture

The school had 38 per cent of students getting at least a grade five in both Maths and English.

Additionally, 25 students achieved at least three seventh or higher (or equivalent grades such as A/A*).

With this year group having experienced the reformed GCSE specifications, which included new and increased content and a shift away from coursework, many students, parents and carers would have been concerned about the ways the changes might impact on their results, explained headteacher Rachel Kelly.

A delighted looking Stour Valley Community School student checks out her results. contributed picture
A delighted looking Stour Valley Community School student checks out her results. contributed picture

It is very pleasing, she added, to see so very many students achieve highly and prove resilient in the face of this challenge.

She said: "It's a really pleasing set of results, up again this year overall, with a lot of personal success stories.

"Credit must go to the students who worked hard and all the parents and carers who supported them throughout.

"I am also very grateful to the hard work and commitment from all the staff at Stour Valley, teaching and non teaching; they all play such a key part in contributing to days like these, where we can celebrate success.

"Many thanks to parents, carers and of course teachers, support staff and tutors for all they have done to help the students to succeed."

The very topnine grades were achieved in Food Technology, Art & Design, English Language, Maths, Statistics, Biology, Physics and History.

Among the very high achievers in Year 11 were:

Zachary Megeath, who achieved three grade nines, six ‘eights, an A grade and a six.

Anya Ilcenko, who gained three grade nines, two eights, three sevens and two sixes.

Sofia Ilcenko,who achieved three grade nines, two eights, three sevens and a six.

Alban Smith-Adams who achieved two grade nines, five eights, three sevensand an A.

Matthew Strellis who achieved six grade eights, foursevens and one B.

Dara Bevan who achieved six grade eights, three sevens and a six.

Joseph Dalziel who achieved four grade eights, four sevens, one A, one six and a five.

Michael Claydon who gained three grade nines, two eights, a seven, an A*, a five, four and a three.



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