Staff and students at Samuel Ward are celebrating another year of excellent GCSE results, with 67% of the 179 students achieving 5 GCSE A*-C passes including English and maths. Whilst the attainment was slightly down on last year’s results (72%), under the new progress measures being used by the government, the school’s Progress 8 score of 0.7 and a value-added score of 1045, reflecting the accelerated progress made by students at the school. Another aspect measured by the government, the EBacc score showing how many students achieve success in maths, English, science, a language and a humanity, shows that students at Samuel Ward do better than the National average with 33% achieving this target.
The school is proud of all the students, but would like to mark some significant successes: Andrew Quarrel of Haverhill, gained 8A* and 5A grades; Joel Ridgewell, also of Haverhill, got 5A*, 6A and 1 A*Distinction in Further maths; Maddie Brown of Clare achieved 8A*s and 2 As; Josh Walker, Haverhill, gained 6A* and 4A grades and Jess Evans of Stradishall achieved 4A* and 6A grades.
Head teacher Kath Just, in post since June, said: ‘We are so proud of all our students and the results they have achieved this year. As a school we always set highly aspirational targets and this has meant students have made exceptional progress, with students at Samuel Ward achieving almost ¾ of a grade higher per subject than students achieved at other schools. The governors and I would like to thank everyone concerned for their continued support and hard work.’