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A-LEVELS ROUND-UP: Jubilation as Suffolk students make the grade


By Priya Kingsley-Adam


A-level students at Ormiston Sudbury Academy with their results. (3644463)
A-level students at Ormiston Sudbury Academy with their results. (3644463)

A mixture of relief and delight swept across the Suffolk Free Press region, as A-level results were revealed today.

Thomas Gainsborough School celebrated its top performance with 15 per cent of students achieving A* or A, while 31 per cent of vocation subjects were graded Distinction* or Distinction.

Headteacher Wayne Lloyd praised the dedication and hard work of students.

“Once again, we are encouraged by the progress of our students with these results,” he said.

“This demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the young people of this area, through the high quality teaching and excellent support that the school has provided them with.”

Kenny Alexander, director of sixth form at Thomas Gainsborough, added: “These results will open many doors to the young people who have worked so hard to achieve them. We wish the students all the very best for the next phase of their lives, be that university, college, apprenticeships or employment.”

Jasmine Bayliss-Dagg was thrilled after achieving A*, A*, A and B in further maths, maths, physics and chemistry.

“I was quite nervous as I didn’t think I would get the grades to go to my top choice university, Durham, to study maths. But I am so happy with my results,” said the 18-year-old.

Lucy Root was relieved after obtaining an A* and three As in the extended project qualification, English literature, geography and history.

“I can’t believe it,” said the 18-year-old. “I was so nervous that I had to leave my mum in the car. Everyone at TGS has been so supportive and I just want to thank them all.”

Lucy is now looking forward to studying english literature at the University of East Anglia.

DELIGHT: Ormiston Sudbury Academy student James Preston. (3644536)
DELIGHT: Ormiston Sudbury Academy student James Preston. (3644536)

Meanwhile, Ormiston Sudbury Academy received high praise for its improved performance across the board with 33 per cent of grades at A-level and vocational qualifications achieving A* to A and Distinction* to Distinction.

Caroline Wilson, principal at Ormiston Sudbury Academy, praised the combined efforts of both pupils and staff.

“I am delighted that the hard work of staff and students has paid off,” she said.

“I would like to congratulate them and also pay tribute to all our parents and carers for all their support which has been so important in helping students to secure the grades they need to succeed in the next stage of their education or as they go into the workplace.

“We wish all our students every success for the future.”

Oscar Gammon is looking forward to studying energy engineering at the University of East Anglia in September after he achieved an A in biology and three Bs in maths, chemistry and general studies.

“I’m very happy with my results, “ said the 18-year-old.

“I was quite interested in the subjects, especially biology so I found it easy to keep interested and stay focused.”

SUCCESS: Ormiston Sudbury Academy students Katie Byford and Grace Goddard. (3644491)
SUCCESS: Ormiston Sudbury Academy students Katie Byford and Grace Goddard. (3644491)

Students Katie Byford and Grace Goddard both achieved two distinction * and a distinction in BTEC extended diploma in dance.

Grace Goddard is delighted to have secured a place at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.

The 18-year-old was determined to achieve high grades in order to pursue her long-term ambition.

“I want to be a professional dancer so I wasn’t going to let anything get in the way,” she said.

Katie, 18, expressed her relief after obtaining high grades and is looking forward to studying dance at Lincoln University.

“I didn’t think I would fail because I worked hard,” she said. “I was obviously apprehensive but it was such a relief.”



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