GCSE RESULTS: High praise for Thomas Gainsborough School
Students at Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard were relieved to discover years of dedication and hard work had finally paid off as GCSE results were revealed today.
This year saw 74 per cent of pupils achieve a pass grade in both english and maths.
Praising their determination, headteacher Wayne Lloyd said:"We are delighted with these results. I would like to congratulate the students on their excellent performance.
"It is a fitting reward for their hard work and the dedication and support that they have received from teachers."
Aimee Sharp excelled in her exams after gaining three 9s in english literature, art and design and geography.
"I really wanted to put everything into it," she said.
The 16-year-old was delighted to have scored an 8 in maths, having found the exam challenging.
"I put a lot of work into maths, but I thought I had failed," she said.
Finley Paul exceeded his expectations after achieving three grade 9s - the highest grade, which equates to an A* under the old grading system -in maths, biology and physics.
Throughout the challenging set of exams, he remained calm and focused.
"I don't really get stressed," said Finley. "It just just comes naturally to me."
Playing football a few times a week also helped to relieve the mounting pressure of exams.
"It's good to have a balance, it split up the time with something I enjoy." he said.
The 16-year-old is now looking forward to embarking on the next step studying A-levels in maths, physics and economics at The Sixth Form College in Colchester.
Eager to match her siblings' success, Nadja Bearn was relievedto have scored two 9s in Religious Education and Geography.
"It's just a weight off my shoulders, which is really nice," she said.
"I think my mum was happier than I was, it's just amazing."
Daisy Houlden is delighted after scoring a 9 in maths.
Reflecting on the exams, the experience had proved pressuring for Daisy.
"I did a lot of revision, but I didn't really manage it well," she said. "I panicked a lot."
The-16-year-old was left pleasantly surprised after achieving two 8s in chemistry and physics.
"I didn't expect to get anything remotely high in those," said Daisy, who has chosen to study maths, french and music at A-level.
Slightly apprehensive about the next step in her studies, she is gearing up for the next challenge.
"I'm nervous, but I'm happy to go forward with it," said Daisy, who has become an accomplished musician since learning to play an instrument at primary school.
Passionate about languages she hopes to develop her skills at the University of Cambridge studying a dual honours degree, combined with accounts and finance.
Fred Adams was relieved to have achieved an 8 in maths and a distinction * in an engineering BTEC diploma.
After completing his A-levels, the 16-year-old plans to study forensic psychology at university.
The achievements of this year's sixthformers were particularly significant, explained Mr Lloyd.
"This year group were the first to join us from their primary schools as Year 7s in 2014, following school re-organisation in Suffolk and have proved to be an absolute credit to the school and their families from first to last," he said.
"We look forward to welcoming over 120 of them back into our sixth form in September."