Out of 72 GCSE students, 58% achieved at least a Grade 4 in English and maths.

“I’m delighted with the results achieved by all the students at SET Saxmundham School. I am particularly pleased with the above expected progress made by the students who have been with us since Year 7. I would like to personally say well done to each and every student for their achievements, and we wish them every success as they leave us for their chosen post-16 destination.” David Lees, Headteacher.

Among the students celebrating their results at SET Saxmundham School today is 16-year-old Billy Baines, who has achieved a string of top grades including three grade 9s in English Language, Combined Science and History, and grade 8s in Geography and Maths. Billy, who was also Head Boy at the school, is now heading to One sixth form college in Ipswich to study BTEC Music Production, where he will follow his passion for film and TV.

Speaking about his experience at SET Saxmundham School, Billy said: “It’s been a joy to come to school every day, SET Saxmundham School is a great community where everyone wants you to work hard and achieve. I’ve been revising really hard and I’m so happy with my results.”

Emma Ward is also thrilled with her GCSE results, achieving a grade 8 in history, four grade 7s, two grade 5s and two grade 4s. Alongside her academic subjects, Emma enjoyed being part of the school’s Combined Cadet Force for two years. Emma is now heading to Suffolk New College to study Health and Social Care at Level 3, where she will pursue her dream career of becoming a nurse.

Emma said: “My results are much better than I expected, especially my grade 8 in history! I’m really pleased that all the hard work has paid off and I can now focus on becoming a nurse, which is something I have always wanted to do.”

Charlie Topsom has made huge progress at GCSE, achieving almost two grades higher than expected when he started at SET Saxmundham School in Year 7.

Charlie said: “I have mild dyslexia so I found English really hard, but I pushed myself and I’m really pleased that I achieved a grade 4 in English overall as well as a grade 5 in Maths. I’m so happy with my grade 7 in Art, it’s my favourite subject because I love being creative.”

Charlie is now heading to Thomas Mills High School to study ICT, Photography, Art and Business at A Level.

Other student successes at SET Saxmundham School include Carrie-Ann Pearce and Grace Lloyd who both achieved 10 GCSEs each, all at grade 6 and above. Carrie-Ann is off to Lowestoft Sixth Form to study A Levels in Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Law and Further Maths before following her dream of becoming a detective, while young singer Grace will continue her passion for music and drama with A Levels at Thomas Mills High School.