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SET Saxmundham School GCSE results 2020
  • 57% achieved grades 9 to 4 in English and Maths

Lizzie Girling, SET Saxmundham Head of School, said: “I’m delighted with the results achieved by all the students here at SET Saxmundham School. It is a small school with a fantastic range of opportunities for its students, including strong pastoral support, which we put to good use during Covid-19.

The information, advice and guidance we were able to offer has ensured that our students responded positively to the Covid-19 crisis and worked together to strengthen our community. This ranged from students making soup for key workers to students baking for shielding neighbours and family members.

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.”

Success Stories

16-year-old Lucy Payne, who lives near Framlingham, took Design & Technology, French, Geography, History, Statistics, Combined Science. She is “very surprised” to have achieved three 8s and a 9.

“I really wasn’t expecting this. It’s quite a shock for me. I lowered my expectations so that I wouldn’t be as disappointed. I’m a bit taken aback now at how great these results are”.

Lucy is going to Farlingaye Sixth Form where she will be taking History, English Literature and Geography. She isn’t sure of her career path but will probably do modern history as a degree.

When talking about SET Saxmundhum School Lucy describes it as a close-knit community:

I loved our year. We were all good friends and our classes were all really strong. I think that is something I will always treasure”.

Alice Cosgrove, from Friston will be joining Lucy at Farlingaye Sixth Form where she hopes to study History, Psychology, Sociology, and English Literature.

The 16-year-old was awarded 2 9s in English Language and History, 2 grade 8s in English Literature and Geography. The rest were 7s, 6s, 5s and 4s.

“I was sad that I wasn’t able to finish my final portfolio due to lockdown as this would have given me a chance to show off everything I had learnt. But, at the end of each book you read, you must do a final piece and I found the two I did really fun”.

Like others at SET Saxmundham School Alice describes the teachers as “really supportive”, crediting them for helping her through the lockdown and motivating her to carry on achieving the best of her ability.

“They sent lots of work to keep our brains whirring and to get us ready for Sixth Form in September. During lockdown I spent lots of time with my family and also tried learning Italian! I’m not very good at languages and I’ve always wanted to learn one, so lockdown seemed the perfect opportunity to start. I’m hoping to go on holiday to Italy when this is over to put my learning into practice”.

Other successes at the school include:

David Chishaya, aged 16 from Saxmundham, received 2 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s, 4 grade 7s and 1 grade 6. His grade 9s were in physics and biology. David is going to Sixth Form at Farlingaye to continue with his studies in science and hopes to one day get into Oxbridge. He spent much of lockdown working towards his bronze DofE medal, which SET Saxmundham gave him the opportunity to achieve.

16-year-old Emma Spicer, from Saxmundham, achieved two 9s, in maths and science, three 8s, a 7 in Computer Science, History, Music and Statistics, and two 5s. She says that she got on well with the teachers, as they helped to motivate her and achieve the grades she was hoping for. As well as joining the choir at school she took part in the annual school production in years 7 and 9. She is going to Suffolk One and then hopefully off to university to study Law.