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SET Saxmundham students celebrate 2021 GCSE results

SET Saxmundham students are celebrating their GCSE results today.

Lizzie Girling, SET Saxmundham Head of School, said: “I am absolutely delighted for all Year 11 students and staff, they have all worked really hard under the circumstances and have achieved extraordinarily well across the full breadth of the curriculum. This year has been academically and emotionally challenging for everyone, but students’ wellbeing has been prioritised and I am proud that they have overcome these challenges and really pushed themselves to reach their full potential. They should all be incredibly proud of their individual achievements.”



Jasmine Benham is “over the moon” with her GCSE results at SET Saxmundham

Jasmine Benham is “over the moon” with her GCSE results at SET Saxmundham. [Credit: Simon Lee, Copyright: Seckford Education Trust]

Jasmine Benham

Jasmine Benham, aged 16 from Walberswick, is over the moon with her GCSE results, achieving two Grade 9s and five Grade 8s.

Jasmine said: “I’m a lot happier than I expected, I’m really proud to achieve two Grade 9s and five Grade 8s. I really loved Music and Sciences at SET Saxmundham, obviously lockdown learning was quite an experience, but the school did absolutely everything they could to make it better for everyone. I’m now heading to Thomas Mills Sixth Form to study Biology, Chemistry, Maths and English Literature with the aim of studying either medicine or teaching at university.”


Olivia Hammett at SET Saxmundham

Olivia Hammett at SET Saxmundham [Credit: Simon Lee, Copyright: Seckford Education Trust]

Olivia Hammett

Olivia Hammett, aged 16 from Halesworth, achieved four Grade 7s and three Grade 6s at GCSE, and was particularly proud of her achievements in the sciences.

She said: “I’m so pleased with my results after working so hard this year. I absolutely love Biology and, through the experience of Covid, I’ve been inspired to work towards a career in Pharmacology and drugs development, that sounds really fascinating.”


Aled Evans SET Saxmundham

Aled Evans at SET Saxmundham [Credit: Simon Lee, Copyright: Seckford Education Trust]

Aled Evans

Aled Evans, aged 16 from Wickham Market, was really happy with his results, achieving five Grade 9s and four Grade 8s. He was especially thrilled with his Maths and Computer Science grades, which is what he wants to continue to do at Sixth Form.

Aled said: “I’m very happy with my results, I especially enjoyed studying Maths and Computer Science as they were more abstract, so it was more interesting to study them.

“I’m now going to Thomas Mills Sixth Form in September to continue studying Maths and Computer Science, but also to study Further Maths and Physics. After sixth form I plan to go to university to study either Maths or Computer Science.

“My time at the school was brilliant. We had so many opportunities given to us, and I took part in the Duke of Edinburgh, which was amazing for me to spend extra time with my friends, but I also learnt how to do Archery, which I still do now. My experience of studying during lockdown wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. The teachers and the school put on everything that we needed, and we were fully supported.”


James Pierce SET Saxmundham 2021

James Pierce at SET Saxmundham [Credit: Simon Lee, Copyright: Seckford Education Trust]

James Pierce

James Pierce, aged 16 from Snape, was really pleased and surprised with his results. He said: “I’m feeling very happy with my GCSE results; I got the grades I was predicted to get and a little bit more which is great. I have got an apprenticeship at EDF in Somerset, so I will be moving to Somerset to start that later this year which I’m really looking forward to doing.”


Daniel Lobega SET Saxmundham 2021

Daniel Lubega at SET Saxmundham [Credit: Simon Lee, Copyright: Seckford Education Trust]

Daniel Lubega

Daniel Lubega, who is 16 years old and from Benhall, is proud of his results achieving three grade 7s and two Grade 6s at GCSE.

He said: “I am feeling very content with the results I got. I’m quite harsh on myself so I would’ve liked to have done better, but I still got some good grades and have got a place at Lowestoft Sixth Form College to study Business, Economics and Maths later this year which I’m really looking forward to starting.”


Evie Rainford SET Saxmundham 2021

Evie Rainford at SET Saxmundham [Credit: Simon Lee, Copyright: Seckford Education Trust]

Evie Rainford

Evie Rainford, who is 16 and from Felixstowe, really enjoyed studying Maths, History and Geography, which is what she will continue to do after school.

Evie said: “I’m very happy with my GCSE results. I really enjoyed studying Maths, History and Geography because I love problem solving and writing. I’m going to Farlingaye Sixth Form to study to study Math, Economics and Psychology.

“I found studying during lockdown quite hard, but we were able to get through it and I did a lot of enrichment including horse riding, ukulele and cooking which was great.”


Charlotte Owen SET Saxmundham 2021

Charlotte Owen at SET Saxmundham [Credit: Simon Lee, Copyright: Seckford Education Trust]

Charlotte Owen

Charlotte Owen, aged 16 from Saxmundham, achieved four Grade 8s, two Grade 7s and two Grade 6s, which are enough to get her on track to become a forensic detective in the future.

Charlotte said: “On the way to school I was so nervous, but once I opened my results, I was so shocked and happy with my grades because they were much better than I expected, so I’m very pleased and excited. In September I’m going to Lowestoft Sixth Form College to study Biology, Criminology and Law with the aspiration of going onto university to study forensic science to then work as a detective when I finish university.

“My time at school was great; I did a lot of enrichment at school like coding and cadet training, where we got to go to ranges to practice shooting. I personally enjoyed studying during lockdown because the classes were all very interactive, so they keep us engaged, especially French.”

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