Schools celebrate on A-level results day

HIGH ACHIEVERS: Ormiston Sudbury Academy pupils recorded the school's best set of A level results yet.
HIGH ACHIEVERS: Ormiston Sudbury Academy pupils recorded the school's best set of A level results yet.

Pupils at Ormiston Sudbury Academy, Hedingham Sixth Form and Thomas Gainsborough School nervously opened their brown envelopes this morning to reveal A level and AS level results.

In its first year as an academy, Ormiston Sudbury Academy recorded its best ever results, surpassing the achievements of its former incarnation as Sudbury Upper School.

85 per cent of students gained A* to C grades, up seven per cent from last year, and 39 per cent achieved at least one A* or A grade, up nine per cent from 2012. Overall 94 per cent of students got A* to E grades.

Caroline Wilson, principal, said: “This year’s changes and relentless focus on improving teaching and learning as well as outcomes for students has paid dividends.”

At Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard, 61 per cent of the results for 56 A level and equivalent students were A* to C grades, with 97 per cent achieving A* to E grades.

Wayne Lloyd, headteacher, said: “We are very pleased and encouraged by these results.”

Hedingham Sixth Form recorded a 98 per cent overall pass rate, with 69 per cent achieving A* to C grades.

For all the reaction and a special picture gallery from A level results day, see next week’s Free Press, available from Thursday.