All three schools in the Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust have been celebrating their 2018 GCSE results today.

James Wellesley Wesley, Chair of Seckford Foundation Free Schools Trust, said: “We are delighted to see students at all three schools achieve strong performances across the range of subjects but particularly so in traditional academic subjects. English, maths and science had particularly impressive results. We are also confident that, at each of our schools, above average progress was made by our disadvantaged students as well as by high, middle and low ability groups. We congratulate all of our students and wish them every success for the future.”

Beccles Free School

Out of 51 students, 67% achieved at least a Grade 4 in English and maths.

David Lees, Headteacher at Beccles Free School, said: “Congratulations to our students on another year of excellent progress and strong achievements in core academic subjects, which has produced our best ever set of GCSE results. Having joined as Headteacher at Beccles Free School earlier this year, I’m delighted that our strategy for continued improvement has delivered such fantastic outcomes. Our hard-working students, committed staff and supportive parents should be very proud of these achievements and deserve to celebrate their success.”

Seren Saunders is especially happy with her GCSE results, achieving a number of high grades despite battling cystic fibrosis. Seren achieved six GCSEs at grade 7 or higher, with grade 8 in history, English literature and drama. Seren achieved two grades higher than she was expected to achieve when she joined Beccles Free School.

Seren said: “I’m really pleased, I was convinced I hadn’t passed anything, but I actually did really well. The teachers have been amazing at Beccles Free School, I missed some school time because of my illness but everyone has been so supportive. I’m now looking forward to studying French, English literature and drama at East Norfolk Sixth Form College from September.”

Twins Mia and Callum Hopson from Southwold are both over the moon with their GCSE results, achieving top grades in their favourite science subjects. Both are heading to Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form to study maths, chemistry and biology at A-Level from September.

Mia said: “I’m so happy with my results, Callum and I both revised really hard and we’re pleased that we’ve both done so well. I’m over the moon that I got two grade 9s in English language and PE, as well as grade 8 in biology and grade 7 in chemistry as I want to study science at sixth form.”

Head Boy Samuel Florido flew to Belgium on GCSE results day but he still had time to celebrate his excellent grades, including two grade 9s in English and maths, six grade 8s and a grade 7. Among his academic achievements at Beccles Free School, Samuel is also proud to have been captain of the RoboCup team which achieved World Championship victory in 2016.

Ixworth Free School

Out of 37 students, 62% achieved at least a grade 4 in English and maths.

Mark Barrow, Headteacher at Ixworth Free School, said: “It is great to see that students of all abilities have achieved beyond target. They should be extremely proud of their hard work, particularly in traditional academic subjects such as triple science where all candidates achieved a grade 7 or above. I’d like to congratulate our students, teachers and parents for their dedication and commitment. The results are evidence once again of our ability to tailor support and challenge every student. We wish our students every success as they move on to the next stage of their education in a position of great strength.”

High-flyer Maddie Coombes is dreaming of becoming a globe-trotting travel writer or journalist after achieving a superb set of GCSE results. The Ixworth Free School student, from Bardwell, achieved five grade 9 results, including double science, as well as three grade 8s and a grade 7. Maddie is heading to Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge, one of the top sixth forms in the country.

“I can’t believe these results are mine,” she said after an emotional revealing of her results in front of proud mother Suzanne.

“All my hard work has paid off – I’ve been revising since Year 9. Ixworth Free School has been absolutely great with their support, I went to every revision class during the holidays and weekends. I revised so hard and gave up socialising and not getting distracted by social media. In my future career I can see myself travelling around the world and writing about historic places, or perhaps being a journalist as I’ve always been interested in that.”

Her tearful mother Suzanne added: “I’m so proud of Maddie. She worked so hard, but you never know how it’s going to go on exam day.”

A dream career in science is now a huge step closer for Ixworth Free School student Ed Harley. The 16-year-old, from Great Barton, achieved three grade 9s in chemistry, physics and history, as well as three grade 8s, three grade 5s, an A* and an A.

Ed said: “I’m over the moon with my results. It’s much better than what I expected. The support from Ixworth Free School was amazing, all of us really reaped the benefits of the extra revision and study sessions.

“The government has done a lot to promote STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), it’s so important to encourage more people into STEM careers. I’ve always had a natural interest in STEM subjects and it is definitely a future career option for me.”

Ed was awarded a scholarship at Woodbridge School to study maths, further maths, physics, and chemistry.

Ixworth Free School’s top performer, Lizi Bolton, achieved an exceptional six grade 9s, one grade 8 and an A* grade. Lizi is also heading to Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge to study maths, further maths, physics and chemistry at A-Level.

Saxmundham Free School

Out of 59 students, 63% achieved at least a Grade 4 in English and maths.

David Lees, Headteacher at Saxmundham Free School, said: “It has been another year of fantastic progress for our Year 11 students, who should be very proud of themselves. The

achievement in traditional academic subjects is a reflection of our students’ hard work, the commitment of our teachers and support of our parents. We’re pleased that our students leave us as well-rounded, resilient individuals who are ready to move on to their next step in education.”

Lauren Child, previous Head Girl at Saxmundham Free School, is particularly pleased with her results, as she is one step closer to achieving her dream career of becoming a doctor. Lauren achieved 10 GCSEs at grades 7 and above – including a grade 9 in geography and grade 8 in English, maths, biology and history. Lauren also completed her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award at the school.

Lauren said: “I’m really happy with my results, especially my grade 9 in geography which I didn’t expect. I’m now looking forward to studying chemistry, biology, maths and French at Woodbridge School Sixth Form. I’ve always wanted to be a doctor so I’m aiming to study medicine at university after A-Levels.”

16-year-old Jamie Roberts is celebrating his GCSEs after scoring a top grade 9 in English alongside five grade 8s and two grade 7s. Jamie’s progress at Saxmundham Free School meant he achieved three grades higher than expected when he joined in Year 7. Jamie has been awarded a bursary placement at Woodbridge School where he will be studying biology, chemistry, physics and classics at A-Level. Aside from academic subjects, Jamie achieved the rank of Lance Corporal at the school’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF).

Jamie said: “I’m very surprised with my results, they’re even better than I could have hoped. I’ve really enjoyed Saxmundham Free School, particularly the CCF, and now I’m looking forward to working hard at sixth-form to achieve the best grades I can at A-Level.”

Twins Maddy and Evie Salter are both delighted with their results – achieving 20 GCSEs between them at grade 4 and above. Maddy is especially proud of her grade 9 in English language and grade 8 in music – she’s heading to Suffolk One to follow a career as a musician by studying music, music performance and film at A-Level.

Maddy said: “I play guitar, bass, drums, piano and ukulele so I’m over the moon that I have grades to follow my passion for music at college.”

Her twin sister Evie is thrilled with her two grade 7s in English language and literature. Evie is off to Farlingaye High School to study art, PE, French and sociology, with the dream of becoming fluent in French, or following her love of dance and ballet.