Students celebrate GCSE Results Day across the Seckford Education Trust

SET Ixworth
Students at SET Ixworth School are celebrating a range of GCSE successes this year, from securing their first-choice post-16 destinations, exceeding their targets – some by up to three grades higher than expected – and achieving top Grade 9s across core subjects and a diverse range of options including Triple Science, Statistics, Ancient History and Drama.

Pia Parker, SET Ixworth Head of School, said: “Congratulations to an inspirational Year 11 cohort. Today is the students’ day and we are exceptionally proud of their individual achievements. As a small school setting, we have an absolute dedication to enabling success for every student and we are thrilled that, within the context of the last few years, we have maintained our unbroken record of positive value added at GCSEs.

“This is also the first year of GCSE and BTEC qualifications for our students at Forge specialist education unit since it opened in September 2021. We are delighted that students are celebrating grades in all their exams sat, including a top Grade 7 in English Language.

“As nationally, SET Ixworth Year 11 students have experienced unprecedented challenges during their GCSE years. It is a testament to the commitment, resilience and effort of our students and staff, alongside our supportive families and wider community, that we have so much to celebrate in a climate of such uncertainty.”

Head Student Zinzan achieved three Grade 9s and three Grade 8s, including in English and History. His parents were so proud of his achievements, opening his GCSE results alongside him. They said: “Phenomenal! Zinzan worked so hard, studying every day, there wasn’t any part of a wall uncovered by notes. The support from the school has helped him so much.”

Meanwhile Kadie, also Head Student, is aspiring to become a drama therapist after achieving three Grade 9s in Chemistry, Geography and German, as well as six Grade 8s. Kadie said she is “pleased and shocked by my results.”

Edward achieved nine grade 9s including in core subjects, Ancient History and German. Edward said he’s “very happy, didn’t expect such high grades. The staff were so supportive throughout.”

Lucy was the highest achieving student in the school with a string of top Grade 9s including Statistics, Biology and French. She was lost for words, with her dad saying “We’re incredibly proud, she worked so hard for every exam.” Lucy will be going on to study Maths, Chemistry, German and potentially Further Maths at A Level.

Libby was also proud of her top grades including a Grade 6 in English Language and Grade 5s in Maths and Art. Libby is going on to study Animal Studies at West Suffolk College.

SET Saxmundham
Students at SET Saxmundham School are celebrating this year’s GCSE results today, with 70% of 64 students achieving Grade 4 or above in English and 56% achieving Grade 4 or above in Maths.

Neil Philpott, SET Saxmundham Head of School, said: “We are delighted with the results achieved by all of our students. Our students are now in the position to continue with their chosen paths; we congratulate them and wish them well as they embark on post-16 education and training.”

Marta achieved 10 GCSEs at Grade 6 and above including Grade 9s in Physics, Biology and Polish, alongside 8s in Maths, History, Music and her favourite subject Chemistry. Marta said her Grade 6 in English Language was “a bigger achievement than my Grade 9s”. She is going on to study Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths A levels at One Sixth Form College, Ipswich.

Daniel achieved 6 GCSE passes at Level 4 and above including a Grade 7 in English Language. Daniel said “I am pleased and amazed by my results. My hard work paid off, I worked hard on the key subjects and I am pleased. It has been a hard time but Year 11 has been smashing”. He is going on to study Forensics at Suffolk New College.

Phoebe achieved 8 GCSEs at Grade 5 and above, including a Grade 9 in English Literature. She is “very happy and quite shocked” with her results. She continues: “I don’t think I could have done any better”. The next step is A levels at Copleston Sixth Form in Chemistry, Biology and Psychology.

Daniel gained 6 GCSE Grades in his exams and the school are all immensely proud of his achievement. Daniel said: “My results were alright, Science was better than I thought, it was my favourite subject”. Daniel is now going to study bricklaying and carpentry at Halesworth New College.

SET Beccles

Heidi Philpott, SET Beccles Head of School, said: “We are immensely proud of the achievements of all our students at SET Beccles this year.

“We are delighted to share that 60% of students achieved a grade 4 or above in each of the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, with all students making expected progress. This is a credit to the students themselves, their teachers and their families. As a small school, we work together to ensure all students succeed. 

“We wish to congratulate each and every student, wishing them every success as they leave us to start the next phase of their education. They have shown genuine determination and resilience throughout Year 11 maturing into kind, successful young adults. All students have post-16 places awaiting them, we wish them every success in their next venture.”

Jess Kemp achieved an impressive set of results including seven grade 9s, one grade 8 and one grade 7 – the best results SET Beccles has ever seen! Jess, who lives in Beccles, will start at East Norfolk Sixth Form College in September studying A Level Biology, Chemistry and Psychology with a dream to pursue a career in medicine.

Jess said: “I’m speechless, really pleased and shocked!” Meanwhile her dad said: “I am just so proud, happy and tearful. She has put in so much hard work and it’s paid off.”

Former Head Girl, Betty-Anne Brzeczek, also achieved a very strong set of results, leaving with two grade 9s, three grade 8s and four grade 7’s. Betty plans to study A Levels in History, Maths, Psychology and Drama at East Norfolk Sixth Form College, with an ambition of becoming a secondary school teacher.

Betty-Anne said: “I am so excited and proud of myself, I would like to thank everyone who has supported me along the way!”

Brooke Jameson achieved four grade 7s, 1 grade 6 and 1 grade 5 at GCSE, she’s now heading to East Norfolk Sixth Form College to follow her passion for Geography. Brooke said “I am over the moon with my results, all the hard work has paid off. SET Beccles has been a good school for me and I like the small community.”

Roman Garner is proud to achieve a string of top grades, including 2 grade 8s in Maths and Religious Education, and grade 7s in Statistics and Sciences. Roman is heading to East Norfolk Sixth Form College to study Game Design and Esports.