Students buck national trend to pick up top A-level results

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Sudbury Ormiston Academy led schools in the area by bucking the national trend to see its A-level results improve.

Despite the announcement of a national downturn in results, especially at the top end, the academy saw a 22 per cent rise in the number of students achieving A* to C grades compared to last year, with 20 per cent more students gaining three of more A-levels or A-level equivalents.

“It is with great pride and pleasure that I announce further improvements in our outcomes,” said school principal Caroline Wilson.

“Last year, we reported a first year increase since becoming an academy – this year, we have built on our success to report a further impressive increase. Fifty-eight per cent of our students secured an A* or A, which is exceptional.”

Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard also posted improvements, 67 per cent of students achieving A* to C grades – a seven per cent improvement from 2013.

Headteacher Wayne Lloyd said: “We are very pleased and encouraged by these results. They reflect the hard work and application of our students and the excellent support they have received from their teachers.”

Hedingham School was delighted to see 96 per cent of students gaining a pass grade in their A-level exams.

This consolidates the improvement made by the Hedingham students over the last three years, with 72 per cent of the grades at A* to C.

Deputy headteacher Andy Harvison said: “A special mention must go to the art students who achieved five A*s, two As and a B.

“This was an exceptional achievement for the students and the art department.”