Students celebrate GCSE results at Beccles, Saxmundham and Ixworth Free Schools

Students across the Seckford Education Trust have been celebrating their GCSE results today (22 August).

James Wellesley Wesley, Chair of Seckford Education Trust, said: “Well done to all students at Beccles, Ixworth and Saxmundham Free Schools who are collecting their GCSE results today. We are proud of each and every student for their hard work and the individual progress they have made since joining our schools.

“As a Trust, we recognise the challenges that many of our students have faced in sitting GCSEs this year, in particular those students with special educational needs and the significant number who joined us part-way through their secondary education. They have worked exceptionally hard to complete their GCSE exams.

“It is also heartening to see that the students who have been with us since Year 7 have achieved particularly strong results this year, with many achieving more than a grade higher than expected when they joined us.

“We wish all students the very best as they leave us for their chosen post-16 destination.”

Beccles Free School

Out of 57 GCSE students, 56% achieved at least a Grade 4 in English and maths.

David Lees, Headteacher at Beccles Free School, said: “I would like to personally say congratulations to each and every student for their hard work in their GCSEs. There have been many individual successes, particularly for students who have been with us since Year 7. This has led to all students achieving the post-16 option of their choice.”

16-year-old Lochlann Baker is celebrating an outstanding five grade 9 GCSEs at Beccles Free School, which puts him among the top three percent in the country for high achievement. Compared to when Lochlann started at the school in Year 7, he has achieved a grade higher than expected in all of his subjects.

Lochlann said: “I am really proud of my results, particularly my grade 9 in French. I’m looking forward to studying A Level Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science at Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form in Norwich from September.”

Liam Mills has also made huge progress at Beccles Free School, achieving 2.5 grades higher than expected when he first started the school in Year 7. Liam achieved eight GCSEs at grade 6 and above, and he is now heading to East Norfolk Sixth Form College to study Maths, Geography and Science at A Level. As well as achieving top grades, Liam was also part of the National Citizenship Service during his time at Beccles Free School, where he worked on community projects and helped to raise £200 for charity, all while revising for exams.

Liam said: “I’m so pleased with my grade 7 in maths, I was averaging at a grade 4 but I studied really hard and I’m so happy that it has all paid off. I’m heading to Holland to celebrate with my family this weekend, and I hope to go to university in Holland after college too.”

16-year-old Maria Hill was so nervous about her results, but is thrilled to achieve three grade 8s, two grade 7s, 2 grade 6s and two grade 5s at Beccles Free School.

Maria said: “I’m completely overwhelmed with my results! I didn’t get any sleep at all last night, but now I’m so happy to be heading to Lowestoft Sixth Form where I’ll be studying English Literature and Creative Media at A Level. American filmmaker Wes Anderson is my idol and I hope to follow in his footsteps by working in the film industry one day.”

Merlin Price Downham was also nervous about his results, but is now “super proud” to achieve a grade 9 in maths alongside a string of top grades across the board. Merlin is heading to Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form in Norwich to study Physics, Maths and Further Maths at A Level.

Merlin said: “I’ve got big aspirations for a career in physics and I would love to be the next Elon Musk. My dad is my inspiration, he always said if you’re going to do anything, do it well!”

Other student successes at Beccles Free School include Hannah Clarke who achieved three grade 9s, and Tabitha Millard who achieved seven GCSEs at grade 4 and above. Both students are heading to local sixth forms to study their choice of A Levels.

Ixworth Free School

Out of 39 GCSE students, 51% achieved at least a grade 4 in English and maths.

Mark Barrow, Headteacher at Ixworth Free School, said: “We’re immensely proud of each and every student for their hard work and success in their GCSEs. Relative to their starting point, students have outperformed our expectations and achieved higher than expected progress, particularly those that have been with us since Year 7. For the third year running, students have achieved places at some of the top performing sixth-forms in the country such as Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge.”

Lucas Measures is celebrating eight grade 9s and two grade 8s at Ixworth Free School, which take him one step closer to his dream of working in space as an astroparticle physicist. Lucas, who also celebrates his sixteenth birthday next week, has been Head Boy and was part of the school choir for two years, which helped to improve his confidence. Lucas is heading to Hills Road Sixth Form College to study Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry.

Lucas said: “I’m very happy with my results and they’ll help me achieve my future dream of working as an astroparticle physicist. Stephen Hawking has been one of my idols and it has been my childhood dream to one day work in space.”

Lucas’ mum Kate said: “We’re delighted for him. He has worked incredibly hard and received a tremendous amount of support and encouragement from the school.”

Another Ixworth Free School student with top grades is Emily Martin, who celebrates four grade 9s, four grade 8s, a grade 7 and a grade 6. Emily also studied BTEC Craft, which includes art, design and technology, where she achieved a ‘Distinction’.

Emily said: “I’m really happy with my results and I am blown away with how I performed in science, achieving three grade 9s! This will help me achieve my dream of becoming an architect and introducing greener and more energy efficient buildings to help the world tackle climate change.”

Nicole Foreman is “shocked” with her outstanding results, achieving 2 grade 8s and a string of 4s, 5s, 6s and 7s. Nicole is heading to Abbeygate Sixth Form in Bury St Edmunds to study Physics, English Literature and Business at A Level, with the aim of working in psychiatry.

Nicole said: “My results are much better than I thought they would be. The support from the school was really good, especially with extra revision classes. I’ll definitely miss being here.”

Saxmundham Free School

Out of 72 GCSE students, 58% achieved at least a Grade 4 in English and maths.

David Lees, Headteacher at Saxmundham Free School, said: “I’m delighted with the results achieved by all the students at Saxmundham Free School. I am particularly pleased with the above expected progress made by the students who have been with us since Year 7. I would like to personally say well done to each and every student for their achievements, and we wish them every success as they leave us for their chosen post-16 destination.”

Among the students celebrating their results at Saxmundham Free School today is 16-year-old Billy Baines, who has achieved a string of top grades including three grade 9s in English Language, Combined Science and History, and grade 8s in Geography and Maths. Billy, who was also Head Boy at the school, is now heading to One sixth form college in Ipswich to study BTEC Music Production, where he will follow his passion for film and TV.

Speaking about his experience at Saxmundham Free School, Billy said: “It’s been a joy to come to school every day, Saxmundham Free School is a great community where everyone wants you to work hard and achieve. I’ve been revising really hard and I’m so happy with my results.”

Emma Ward is also thrilled with her GCSE results, achieving a grade 8 in history, two grade 7s, two grade 5s and two grade 4s. Alongside her academic subjects, Emma enjoyed being part of the school’s Combined Cadet Force for two years. Emma is now heading to Suffolk New College to study Health and Social Care at Level 3, where she will pursue her dream career of becoming a nurse.

Emma said: “My results are much better than I expected, especially my grade 8 in history! I’m really pleased that all the hard work has paid off and I can now focus on becoming a nurse, which is something I have always wanted to do.”

Charlie Topsom has made huge progress at GCSE, achieving almost two grades higher than expected when he started at Saxmundham Free School in Year 7.

Charlie said: “I have mild dyslexia so I found English really hard, but I pushed myself and I’m really pleased that I achieved a grade 4 in English overall as well as a grade 5 in Maths. I’m so happy with my grade 7 in Art, it’s my favourite subject because I love being creative.”

Charlie is now heading to Thomas Mills High School to study ICT, Photography, Art and Business at A Level.

Other student successes at Saxmundham Free School include Carrie-Ann Pearce and Grace Lloyd who both achieved 10 GCSEs each, all at grade 6 and above. Carrie-Ann is off to Lowestoft Sixth Form to study A Levels in Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Law and Further Maths before following her dream of becoming a detective, while young singer Grace will continue her passion for music and drama with A Levels at Thomas Mills High School.